A Golden Night

By Richard Mineards   |   October 18, 2022
Honoree Donna Barranco Fisher front and center, alongside Earl Minnis (left) and J. Paul Gignac, with Corey Pahanish, Maria Wilson, and Miles Hartfeld (photo by Priscilla)

It was truly a night on the tiles when the Teddy Bear Cancer Foundation hosted its 20th anniversary Golden Gala on the expansive rooftop of MOXI, the Wolf Museum of Exploration, raising around $300,000 from 225 dinner guests, and another 200 guests who came for the after-party with K-LITE DJ Scott Topper providing the throbbing sound.

“It has definitely been a powerful and unique event,” said Dr. Corey Pahanish, the new executive director. “Everybody has been very, very generous.”

The first ever Golden Hero Award went to Donna Barranco Fisher for nearly two decades of service to the foundation, which over the past 20 years has given more than $2.5 million in direct financial assistance to 2,962 individuals and 714 families.

Among the supporters at the sunset soirée, emceed by the ubiquitous Andrew Firestone, were Mayor Randy Rowse, David Edelman, Tino Nuñez, John Palminteri, Dan Encell, Nathan Rogers, Sofie Langhorne, Matthew Fish, Sheela Hunt, Rebecca Koch, Joe McCorkell, Andrew Miller, and Joey Tasca.

Corey Pahanish, Casey Weihert, Jessica Whyman, Melinda Gudino, and Hedley VanKuch with Michael Cruse (photo by Priscilla)

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