We are thrilled to announce that Funk Out Cancer raised $53,023 to fund Dr. Dustin Deming’s research at the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center. Thank you to everyone who donated, bought silent auction items, and partied hard at the Majestic Theater during the Funk Out Cancer concert on Saturday, November 14, 2015.
Since 2009, the biennial concert has raised over $125,000 for the Carbone Cancer Center and Dr. Deming, who specializes in colorectal cancer research. This year, bands Phat Phunktion and Willy Porter played at the concert.
"It was also really motivating to see everyone who came out to support the event. I cannot express how much the generous funds mean to moving our research forward. The money donated this year will go towards developing new personalized treatment strategies for cancer patients.” says Deming, who used money from the 2013 event to secure a larger grant for $200,000.
If you aren’t familiar with the story behind Funk Out Cancer, you can read about it in this blog post. The short of it is that Widen employee and Phat Phunktion band member Al Falaschi helped develop the event as a tribute to his late wife Kate Falaschi, who died of colon cancer in 2009.
"Funk Out Cancer was created by friends and family of Kate," explains Falaschi. "Making sure that the vibe of the event does not get too corporate and maintains the feel and spirit of everything Kate stood for is critical. Widen, along with the other sponsors, masterfully enabled its employees, used its connections, and donated resources in the right places and at the right times to allow the event to organically grow and maintain its grassroots rock concert feel. It felt like a party and a celebration, not a corporate fundraiser."
+Read the complete press release “Funk Out Cancer and Widen Raise Over $53,000 for Cancer Research” in Market Wired.
Photo features (L-R) Widen employees Al Falaschi, Matthew Gonnering, Libby Maurer, and Heather Kleist; UW Carbone Cancer Center staff James Listug and Dr. Dustin Deming. Credit: Matt Anderson.