According to Merriam-Webster, the term "funk" probably originated ultimately from the French word funquer (Picard dialect) which means "to give off smoke." On October 19th, Widen Enterprises presented “FUNK OUT CANCER,” a concert and silent auction in the memory of Kate Gates Falaschi (wife of Widen’s Customer Marketing Manager Al Falaschi)...and it was definitely smokin’.
The event was held at the Barrymore Theatre in Madison, WI and featured music from Youngblood Brass Band, Mama Digdowns Brass Band, and Phat Phunktion, which is Al’s band. The evening also hosted a silent auction with over 50 items. All funds generated from the silent auction, ticket sales, and corporate sponsors were earmarked for the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center where Kate was treated.
“It is one of the coolest events I have ever been a part of,” stated Libby Maurer, a Widen project manager that helped plan the event. “The collective energy of hundreds of people pulling in the same direction for a fantastic cause is indescribable.”
“It’s hard not to set expectations when planning an event like this, both in terms of the entertainment, and in the amount we’d like to donate,” said Al Falaschi. “I’m happy to say that my expectations were exceeded in every way.”
In total, Widen will be presenting a check for $41,296.00 to the University of Wisconsin Carbone Cancer Center to be used specifically for cancer research. Including the $33,000 donation from the previous Funk Out Cancer event, Widen’s two year total exceeds $74,000 donated to cancer research.
We’d also like to thank the sponsors that made it possible:
Clear Channel Madison, Ron and Jennifer Skoronski, Hacienda Tres Rios Resort, Badger Max, M3 Insurance, Hollister, Exact Sciences, Ross Simons, Baker Tilly, Suttle Straus, Tri-North, La-Z-Boy, Mason Companies, Monkey Bar Gym, and the Oshkosh Invitational Golf Tournament.
Check out the Smartimage photo gallery with shots from the event.
For more information, visit www.funkoutcancer.com.