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Colleen’s Dream

Golf Tournament and Gala

photos courtesy of Colleen’s Dream Foundation

Left: Dreamer of the Year Chloe Cundiff. Middle top, left to right: Brittany Crosby, Mandi Chambless, Victoria Rak, Randalynn Vasel and Gwen Glover. Middle bottom, left to right: Danielle Kamm, Billie Fratt, Michelle Batschelet and Nicole Cundiff, the four daughters of Colleen Drury. Right: The Champagne fairy.

On February 23 and 24, Colleen’s Dream Foundation celebrated its 2018 Golf Tournament and Evening of Dreams Gala. The golf tournament was played on the Abobe Course at the Biltmore Golf Club on Friday, followed by an awards dinner. In its fifth year, the Saturday evening gala took as its theme Dream in Color, and was held at the JW Marriott Scottsdale Camelback Inn Resort and Spa.

The event is celebrated each year on the anniversary of Colleen Drury’s passing. Colleen is the namesake and was the inspiration for the ovarian cancer nonprofit. The foundation was founded by her daughter Nicole Cundiff and Nicole’s husband, Billy, in 2012 and now serves as Arizona’s leading ovarian cancer nonprofit.

Top left: left to right: Victoria Rak, Brittany Crosby and Randalynn Vasel. Top rightRobert and Heather Bisett. Bottom: left to right: Nicole Cundiff, Brittany Crosby, T.J. Isaacs and Billy Cundiff award $100,000 to TGen during the February 22 VIP kickoff reception.

Ten-year-old Chloe Cundiff was awarded the Dreamer of the Year Award for raising nearly $10,000 for Colleen’s Dream during her summer break by selling lemonade. The evening’s program concluded with 29-year-old Brittany Crosby, an ovarian cancer fighter who shared her story of diagnosis and her current battle with the disease.

The 660 gala guests danced to live music provided by The JJ’s. An additional dance floor was setup for the after-party where DJ Soloman spun tunes and a Champagne Fairy from Showstoppers Interactive Entertainment poured drinks.

LeftGuest speaker Brittany Crosby. RightTom Ross, 2016 Dreamer of the Year, introduces Chloe Cundiff, 2018 Dreamer of the Year.

A sizable portion of the funds raised were awarded to Phoenix-based Translational Genomics Research Institute (TGen) to progress its research on treating ovarian cancer. For more information, visit www.colleensdream.org