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Mardi Gras MASKerade Auction eBidding

Posted on: February 27, 2019 1:00 am
Tags: Fundraiser, Online bidding, Silent auction, Head and neck cancer research

If you can't make the Foundation's Saturday evening, March 2nd Mardi Gras MASKerade at The Phoenix, you'll miss a great time. No doubt about it! However, you won't have to miss all the fun! Now there are two ways to "laissez les bon temps rouler" - by attending the event or by participating in the silent auction via online bidding! The online auction is now live! It will remain open both online and during the event until Saturday, March 2 at 10 PM. View all of the silent auction items and begin bidding NOW by creating an account at Charity Auctions Today page for the Mardi Gras MASKerade.

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Laissez les bon temps rouler at The Phoenix on March 2, 2019!

Posted on: January 13, 2019 11:00 pm
Tags: Mardi gras maskerade, Fundraising, Head and neck cancer, Research, Tickets

The online box office is open to purchase tickets for Brandon's Foundation's fourth annual Mardi Gras MASKerade, featuring Cincinnati party band Robin Lacy & DeZydeco! This fun-filled fundraising event takes place March 2, 2019 - the Saturday before Ash Wednesday. This year's event moves to The Phoenix  (downtown, 812 Race Street, Cincinnati, Ohio 45202) from 7:30 p.m. to Midnight. Valet parking will be available or there is an adjacent parking garage at 11 W. 9th Street.

This event gets bigger and better every year! The music of Robin Lacy & DeZydeco will keep attendees on the dance floor until midnight. Back by popular demand, tarot card/psychic readers will discuss guests’ pasts and predict their futures, and the photo booth will again snap individual and group keepsake photos! Don’t forget to dress in costume if you'd like to compete contest for the honor of being crowned Queen and King of the MASKerade, although any attire is welcome.  

Other highlights include a silent auction with a variety of fabulous items, fun and exciting prize-filled raffle baskets, split the pot, the Benn Banks Mardi Gras Duck Pond - a wine (sponsored by Constellation Brands) and craft beer raffle where everyone is a winner, and more! A signature Mardi Gras beverage can be enjoyed in the Foundation’s souvenir Hurricane Glass.

Make a night of the Mardi Gras MASKerade by staying downtown for special rates available at several downtown Cincinnati hotels – all within walking distance of The Phoenix. To reserve a room at the event rates, click on the hotel name: Hyatt Regency Cincinnati (151 W. 5th Street) or call their reservation center 1-800-233-1234; Hampton Inn & Suites Cincinnati Downtown or Homewood Suites by Hilton Cincinnati Downtown (both at 617 Vine Street). The deadline for reserving any rooms at the special rate is February 16, 2019.

Don't miss out! Purchase tickets online TODAY for Mardi Gras MASKerade 2019; the first 50 tickets sold online are offered with a $25 discount. Each Early Bird ticket is only $50! (If still available the Early Bird discount will be applied during the ticketing process.) Once these are gone, the price returns to the $75 per ticket.

Mardi Gras MASKerade sponsors, including table sponsors, receive special treatment at the event! For more information about sponsorship opportunities, Contact Us at Brandon's Foundation.

Join us March 2nd. Have a great time as you "laissez les bond temps rouler" AND Head For A Cure to end head and neck cancer through research! 

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Congratulations 2018 Grant Awardees!

Posted on: November 12, 2018 12:00 am
Tags: Research, Head and neck cancer, Grant awards

Brandon's Foundation was able to offer $45,000 in the form of two research grants in 2018! This is only due to your ongoing donations and support to end head and neck cancer through research of new treatments and cures. Thank you so very much! We are please to share where your donations went this year by introducing you to the awardees, and we hope you will continue to support Brandon's Foundation so other worthy projects receive funding in 2019 and beyond!

Vinita Takiar, MD, PhD, assistant professor in the Department of Radiation Oncology and member of the University of Cincinnati Cancer Institute (UCCI) and her multidisciplinary team, including medical oncologist Trisha Wise-Draper, MD, PhD, surgeon Alice Tang, MD, and post-doctoral fellow Christina Wicker, PhDwere awarded the 2018 Brandon C. Gromada Head &Neck Cancer Foundation Research Pilot Grant of $25,000. Their project, Developing Head and Neck Patient-Derived Organoid Models for Preclinical Testing,involves collecting pilot data looking at patient-derived organoids (PDO). Growing tumors in the lab directly from patients will provide the researchers with a new way to study head and neck cancers and explore new “personalized medicine” treatment approaches. Dr. Takiar and the Foundation's grant award were recently feature in UC News.

Brandon’s Foundation (providing $20,000) joined with the Conquer Cancer Foundation, of the American Society of Clinical Oncology(ASCO), to fund a 2018 Young Investigator Award(YIA) for a head and neck cancer research project Devarati Mitra, MD, PhD, of Dana Farber Cancer Institute, was awarded this YIA for her project Radiation Therapy in Immune Checkpoint Inhibitor Resistant Head and Neck Cancer. Dr. Mitra’s research seeks to understand why most patients with head and neck cancer do not respond to immunotherapy and investigate if radiation therapy can be used as a tool to help overcome treatment resistance. Ultimately, she hopes these studies will inform how radiation therapy may be best combined with anti-PD1 treatment to maximize disease response rates and improve outcomes for those with recurrent or metastatic disease. ASCO included a feature about this grant award, Brandon and the Foundation in the November 2018 issue of ASCO Connections


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