Richard J Stephenson, Cancer Treatment Centers of America (CTCA) and Gateway for Cancer Research Founder and Chairman and Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson, CTCA Chairman Functional Medicine and Gateway Board of Directors, hosted the 2nd annual “Vino con Stelle” event on Friday, April 13 at Wrigley Mansion in Phoenix benefitting Gateway for Cancer Research (Gateway). The exclusive and intimate evening of food, wine and entertainment under the stars raised $500,000 to fund Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions across the world.

“We are so grateful to the Phoenix philanthropic community for their generosity in supporting Gateway’s vision to create a world in which a cancer diagnosis is no longer feared,” said Dr. Stacie J. Stephenson.

Gateway locally funds clinical trials at MD Anderson Cancer Center and Mayo Clinic, directly addressing important treatment needs of local Arizona residents.

Mr. and Dr. Stephenson awarded Honorary Chairman, Bill Pope, a Phoenix advocate and philanthropist, the inaugural Luminary Award, to illuminate his advocacy and dedication to charitable causes.

Cocktails were served at 6 p.m. and included tastings of superb wines from celebrated guest vintners Eric Malinski, Cabell Coursey, Alex and Jeanine Ryan, Fernando Frias, Sam Lando, Tony Lombardi, Damien Reusch, Chris Strieter, Matt Trevisan and Chris Cherry, and were paired with hors d’oeuvres.

Guests enjoyed a custom culinary experience designed by Wrigley Mansion’s Executive Chef and James Beard award-winner Christopher Gross and inspired by Vincent van Gogh’s “The Starry Night.” The dinner featured house-smoked salmon with spring flowers & caviar; raviolis bar “Sud de la France” & tomato tea – cheese filled with herbs de Provence and sea bass; pavé de boeuf rôti au vin rouge moelle, tuile de Oreille – sautéed cap steak with red wine marrow sauce and crispy pig ear; and concluded with assorted fruites, truffles et cremes de canelé de Bordeaux. Wine parings from the evening’s guest vintners included 2016 Lombardi Sonoma Coast Chardonnay, 2014 Duckhorn Stout Vineyard Merlot, 2017 Linne Calodo Contrarian, 2017 Villa Creek – Grenache Blanc, 2015 Lando Russian River Pinot Noir, 2016 Senses Russian River Piot Noir, 2015 Frias Family SMD Spring Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2015 Coursey Graves Bennett Mountain Estate, 2014 Canvasback Red Mountain Cabernet Sauvignon, 2013 Piattelli Limited Arlene Series Malbec Blend, and 2014 Phiefer Pavitt Cabernet Sauivgnon “Date Night”.

Charity auctioneer Greg Quiroga presented an impressive lineup of wine vacation experiences and packages for wine aficionados including “Bubbles & Bling” with one magnum of California’s Schramsberg Blanc de Blanc, a 3L bottle of Champagne Laurent-Perrier La Cuvée and a jewelry suite of white gold and diamond earrings, ring and bracelet designed by JN Jewels; “Fly Eagle Fly” featuring the debut vintage of California’s most sought-after wines, one bottle (750ml) of 1992 Screaming Eagle Cabernet Sauvignon; and the “Grand Argentina Adventure with Piatelli Vineyards,” a once in a lifetime 12-day trip for four to explore Buenos Aires, Salta and Mendoza while experiencing several wine tastings and wine making at Piatelli Vineyards and a VIP meeting with Argentine President Mauricio Mavri and US Ambassador Edward Prado.

Following dinner, guests were treated to first-class entertainment featuring world-renowned R&B singer and songwriter Brian McKnight, Tony and Grammy Award winner Heather Headley, and youngest singer to ever reach #1 on the Billboard Top Country Album charts and The Voice contestant Billy Gilman. Actress and comedian Melissa Peterman led the evening as celebrity host.

For more information on Gateway for Cancer Research and the trials it funds, visit www.GatewayCR.org.



“Our mission instills a sense of urgency to accelerate the pace of cancer research,” said Teresa Hall Bartels, president, Gateway for Cancer Research. “Our dedication to investing in novel patient-centric approaches, combined with the increasing rate of treatment advances, leads us to believe that together we can conquer cancer in our lifetime.”

Gateway for Cancer Research℠ is a nonprofit 501(c)(3) organization committed to funding innovative cancer research that helps people living with cancer to feel better, live longer and conquer cancer TODAY! Thanks to generous underwriting, 99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives directly funds Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions across the country and abroad. Since 1991, Gateway has supported more than 150 clinical trials and funded over $70 million in breakthrough cancer research. Get involved today by visiting www.GatewayCR.org, like us on Facebook at facebook.com/demandcures and join the conversation on Twitter at @DemandCures, #BeAGateway.

99 cents of every dollar Gateway receives directly funds Phase I and Phase II cancer clinical trials at leading research institutions