Gilda's Club Twin Cities Newsletter August 2010
A Smashing Success!

Gilda's Club Twin Cities' Third Annual Roseanne Roseannadanna
Golf Benefit Raised Over $170,000 net

Roseanne Roseannadanna
(aka Randy Edelstein)

Our goal was to exceed last year's total of $63,000.To say we hit it out of the ballpark is an understatement.

As a result we are even closer to providing the only dedicated cancer support facility in the Twin Cities that will deliver critical emotional and social support for the over 10,000 men, women, teens and children who are waiting for a Gilda's Club in the Twin Cities. While on our way, we are still in need of $1.5 million to reach our capital campaign goal. If you missed the event or the opportunity to make a donation, you can still make a difference by donating now, Click Here

This overwhelming success could not have happened with out the help and support of a wonderful group of people dedicated to making Gilda's Club in the Twin Cities a reality. We caught up with a few and here is what they had to say:

I thought the day was really fun, and it looked like everyone who participated, the golfers and the amazing volunteers enjoyed it as much as I.That is how I would like to portray our Gilda's Club,  a joyful experience adding lightness and laughter for everyone touched by cancer, everyday.
Jolie Klapmeier Golf Committee Co-chair

The evening program was wonderful I was absolutely touched by the personal stories of courage. Very powerful. These are the people we will be helping when the doors are open.
Wendy Seyb, Golfer

As a silent auction contributor to several events I have enjoyed watching the bidding on the pieces I have created go over the top. Donating this way keeps me invested in Gilda's Club and keeps me coming back to help make this happen in the Twin Cities.
Jim Wadsworth, Silent Auction Contributor & Golfer

Read what others had to say

A sincere thank you to the many, many people who contributed to our success. Click on the following categories to see who they are. Then visit the photo gallery to enjoy the day again with us. You can download any photos you select at no charge as our thank you for your continuing support of Gilda's Club Twin Cities.

Golf committee and volunteers who made it happen
Generous sponsors
Many friends who supported us
Celebrities who challenged us
Live and silent auction contributors
Golf event photo gallery
 
Thank you and join us next year for the
Fourth Annual Roseanne Roseannadanna Golf Benefit

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Executive Director's Desk -- a personal story

Last month I spent time at the Gilda's Club Quad Cities, located in Davenport, Iowa, where they have had a clubhouse for 12 years. My intention
Michelle Silverman
Michelle Silverman July 2010
in making this visit was to learn and bring back information for our Gilda's Club. What I experienced was powerful and unexpected; my own personal transformation.

I have had my fair share of "therapy and support groups" over my lifetime in order to heal from the pain of losing my mother at age 14 to breast cancer. However, NEVER in all of these years have I experienced a physical and emotional release that was so powerful. It was magical. Now I understand firsthand what people are talking about
Gilda's Club Quad Cities
Gilda's Club Quad Cities
when they say "Gilda's Magic". I experienced it for myself.

Quite frankly, I didn't even know I was still carrying so much pain from losing my mother. And now the pain is transformed. I left the group with tools about how to keep my mother alive with me even though she has been gone for so many years. I was able to transform very old pain into hope and love. I became a member of the Gilda's Club Quad Cities and I look forward to becoming a member of the Gilda's Club Twin Cities too. I would love an opportunity to meet with you to discuss what is we need to open the doors of Gilda's Club Twin Cities. Please contact me at: michelle.silverman@gildasclubtwincities.org
 
I want to thank you for continuing on this journey with me as exemplified by the generous gifts of time and financial support received during our 2010 Third Annual Roseanna Roseannadanna Golf Event held last month. That was a day of "Gilda's Magic."

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In My Own Words - "BT" Turner, Cities 97
 
It was the people in my life that got me to the other side of my cancer story in 1998. From my wife and kids, through my group of friends and co-workers, people in the community that I knew and my radio listeners-it was a collective effort that got me to where I needed to be. And quite frankly, the place I needed to be was alive.

A stage IV cancer diagnosis is not the kind of thing you want to hear from your doctor.  And yes, I'll accept the trophy as "Master of Understatement!" 
"BT" Turner
That's about as bad as it gets. My son and I were laying in bed together on a July morning in 1998, and as I rolled over to take a look at him-my collarbone broke. Turns out there was a tumor there, causing the bone to be brittle. Renal cancer had spread from a large spot on my left kidney to places in bones all over my body-one of my femurs, several of my vertebrae, and many other bones. Can you imagine if the place a bone first broke was next to my spinal column.

While the doctor was explaining to me what I had, and what I was about to go through, I was looking in the eyes of my wife and my kids. There was no way I wasn't going to be around for these people, and at the very innt that my diagnosis was explained to me, I had made up my mind to get through it, no matter what. I am blessed with a very strong will to live.

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Five Dollar Favor

I would like to ask you for a five dollar favor. Think about the people in your life that have been touched by cancer--a loved one, a friend, a co-worker, a neighbor. I have an opportunity for you to honor them. On Denim Day, OctoberLiz & Dan Gangl and Michelle Silverman 8, 2010, our team, Gilda's Club Twin Cities, has pledged to wear jeans to work and donate at least $5 each to Lee National Denim Day. I invite you to join our team and work with me to help raise money for our Gilda's Club. For every dollar donated, 40% stays in Minnesota and will be used to open our very own clubhouse.
 
To join our Gilda's Club Twin Cities team and make your $5 donation, Click Here
 
OR, you can start your own team - a corporate team, group of friends and family, your book club, your church, temple or school, Click Here  

PLEASE share my request by forwarding this GildaGram to friends and family who would be willing to donate $5 to this meritorious and much needed cause. You can make your donation in honor or in memory of a loved one or your donation can be anonymous if you wish. The online donation form at www.denimday.com is really easy to complete and will only take a minute. The return on your investment is priceless.
 

Your support will go along way
toward helping us achieve our goal of receiving a major contribution from Lee Jeans as a result of this national campaign. We are fortunate and honored to have been selected as their charitable partner for Minnesota.
 
Thank you so much for your compassion and for reaching into your heart today. 
 
Laurie Walker,
12 year breast cancer survivor and ardent supporter of Gilda's Club

To learn more about Lee National Denim Day, Click Here
 

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Links to Highlights In This Issue
A Smashing Success!
Executive Directors Desk
In My Own Words
Five Dollar Favor
Welcome New Volunteers
Are You a Knitter?
Imagine Our Clubhouse
Resources
Come On. Get Involved
Welcome New
Volunteers
These new volunteers are all actively working on Lee National Denim Day

June
Karen Thorpe

July
Amber Peterson

Vivian Baumann

Are you a Knitter?
A new west metro group is forming to knit chemo hats for Gilda's Club Twin Cities. The group's organizer, Marian Eisner, has been knitting hats for friends who have been so appreciative she thought it would be enjoyable to get together with a group and knit hats for Gilda's Club.

The plan is to meet informally at the Marsh in Minnetonka. For more information please contact
 Marian Eisner mareisner@comcast.net

Quick Links
 

Imagine Our
Clubhouse
Our Mission
To ensure all people impacted by cancer
are empowered by knowledge, strengthened by action and sustained by community.

Our Promise
Behind our red doors, Gilda's Club Twin Cities will create a welcoming community, a place to go to for free support for everyone living with cancer--men, women, teens and children along with their families and friends.

An essential complement to medical care, our innovative program will provide networking and support groups, workshops, education and social activities.

 Resources

Kundalini Yoga Class

An open invitation
from Erika Peterson, GCTC volunteer

Anyone living with cancer, including families and friends, can attend a FREE weekly, restorative Kundalini Yoga and Meditation class every Sunday. This is your opportunity to take part in a class that will eventually become part of the calendar of activities at Gilda's Club Twin Cities.
Sundays
5:00-6:00 p.m.

Location
The Penny George Institute for Health and Healing, 2833 Chicago Avenue Minneapolis MN, 612-940-6510.


Come On
Get Involved

With a philosophy and program unlike any other resource in Minnesota, Gilda's Club Twin Cities will fill an important gap in cancer care and touch thousands of people living with cancer today.

You Can Help

Make a personal donation
every dollar given will bring us closer to opening our doors.Click here to donate

Volunteer
and discover the list of essential and rewarding things you can do.Click here to volunteer


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