An evening of boots, chaps, and cowboy hats |

An evening of boots, chaps, and cowboy hats

Medical Director of the Tahoe Forest Health System Cancer Center Dr. Larry Heifetz, himself an accomplished horseman, practices calf roping during the cocktail hour.

TAHOE/TRUCKEE and#8212; There wasn’t a city slicker in sight and#8212; just a whole lot of rhinestone cowgirls and cowboys hanging out at the ritziest ranch in Northstar, The Ritz-Carlton. The and#8220;Denim and Diamondsand#8221; hoedown on Sunday, May 22 was to raise money for the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center patients and programs with the help of Tahoe’s best chefs. The early evening began with cocktails, wine tasting and hors d’oeuvres . A few guests saddled up on a life-sized horse replica to lasso a simulated moving calf as it worked its way down a track. Afterward, everyone moseyed on down to the big ballroom barn for a three-course dinner served in between entertainment, a short film about the Tahoe Forest Cancer Center, live auction chefs’ dinner bidding deftly carried out by and#8220;well seasonedand#8221; auctioneers Jim Simon/Jim Porter duo, and philanthropic giving.

Participating chefs cooking up the gourmet grub included Mark Estee, Scott Yorkey, Jason Di Guillo, Chris Banovich, Grog Verbeck, Gary Bulmer Rueben Garcia, Tom Marrin, Ben and#8220;Wyattand#8221; Dufresne, Shawn Harney, Guy Frenette, Elsa Corrigan, David Smith, Billy McCullough, Douglas Dale, David Lutz, Andrew Shimer, Jason Friendly, Julia Water, Lee Kresy, and Robert Sundell.

Some of those corralled at The Ritz-Carlton were Co-President of Vail Resorts Blaise Carrig attending with wife Leslie, CEO of Northstar-at-Tahoe Bill Rock and Jennifer, Squaw Valley USA CEO Andy Wirth and Karen, Carolyn Wallace Dee, Tahoe Forest Hospital Chief of Staff Dr. Shawni Coll, TFHD CEO Robert Schapper and Marsha, TFH Foundation Director of Development Martha Simon and Special Events Co-ordinator Carey Hood with Jim, TFHD board members Roger Kahn, John Mohun and Lisa, Dr. Ken Cutler and Mai Nguyen, Dr. Karen Sessler and husband Fred, TFH Cancer Center staff Dr. Ahrin Kopple and husband Artin Matousian, Dr. Rick and Jan Ganong, Dr. Timothy Lombard (he was on call and had to rush to the hospital before dinner) and Cecelia, Dr. Chuck and Janet Zipkin, future TF Cancer Center oncology radiologist Dr. Daphne Palmer and TF Cancer Center Medical Director Dr. Larry Heifetz, Cancer Center Director Eileen Knudsen and husband Tom, event chair Pam Hobday and Tom, Heather and Anthony Griffin, Ritz-Carlton GM Allen Highfield and Samantha, Rike and Klaus Burmeister, Stefanie Olivieri, Ellie and Earl Appel, Steffan and Ashley Vigano, Phyllis and Rick McConn, Sarah and Ted Owens, Kim and Nick Sensley, Patti and Gary Boxeth, Sherri and Bruce Pohle, Berticia and Jerry Pearlman, Carol and Mike Sabarese, Veronica and Ben Kaufman, Betsy and Dr. Milt Heifetz, Patsy and Larry Sevison, Bobbie Specht, Ruth, Andrew, and Ira Cross, Sierra Nevada College President Richard Rubsamen, Fritzi and Bill Briner, Schatzi Boyd and Randy Hill, Bea and Roger Wittenberg, Gerry and Stuart Yount, Linda and Dave Brown, Rosanne and Glen Parker and Colleen and Art Chapman.

Because Tahoe Forest Cancer Center is an affiliate of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network, several guests from UC Davis attended to support the event including Dr. James Goodnight, Associate Dean for Clinical Affairs and Director of the Practice Management Board and wife Carol; Dr. Richard Valicenti, Professor and Chairman of Radiation Oncology and wife Robin; Dr. Scott Christensen, Professor of Hematology, Director of Cancer Care Network and Kay Harse, Manager of the UC Davis Cancer Care Network and husband Rick, Chief Therapist in Radiation Oncology.

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