In support of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament, the Prostate Cancer Foundation (PCF), a nonprofit organization which remains steadfast in its commitment to identify and fund groundbreaking cancer research programs to save the lives of millions, hosted its annual gala at the Parrish Art Museum Saturday, August 29. The weekend’s events raised over $4 million, a record for this event. The gala was hosted in support of the 11th Annual Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tennis Tournament that was held from August 28 – 30, 2015, named after the successful entrepreneur who constantly turned tragic events throughout his life into philanthropic causes. The gala evening, catered by Robbins Wolfe, was a celebration featuring cocktails, dining, and a silent auction.
There was a special music performance by David Foster as well as by Natalie Cole, who performed such songs as “Unforgettable,” her Grammy award-winning duet with her father Legendary Singer Nat King Cole. American Idol winner, Ruben Studdard, joined them on stage and performed an improvised song that the crowd names “A Cure Is On the Way.”
The cocktail reception and gallery viewing began at 6:30pm, and dinner began at 7:30pm. First course was four local salads: cubed red and golden beets with chives and mint vinaigrette; lightly grilled corn with diced red and orange peppers, lime and cilantro; braised fennel and chick peas with shaved parmesan and light balsamic; and red and yellow confetti tomatoes with leaf basil and orange olive oil dressing. The main course was sea bass with lemon marinade and grilled vegetables. For dessert, guests enjoyed individual local peach cobblers baked with a cinnamon crumb crust with homemade vanilla ice cream, and individual corn pudding soufflés.
Weekend hosts and sponsors of the Charles Evans PCF Pro-Am Tournament include: Bill & Karen Ackman; Bob & Deanna Adler; Seth & Marie Bernstein; Jim Coleman & Cynthia Ott; Larry Gagosian & Chrissy Erpf; Bonnie Pfeifer Evans; Jeff & Mei Sze Greene; The Hain Celestial Group, Inc.; Tom Lee & Ann Tenenbaum; David & Julia Koch; Bill & Phyllis Mack ; Richard Merkin, MD.; Mike & Lori Milken; Modell’s Sporting Goods; Glenn & Jennifer Myles; Dean Palin; Mickey Palin; Joel Pashcow; Artie & Selma Rabin; Stewart Rahr; Jonathan & Sheryl Sokoloff; Lady Sheila Stable; Leon & Leesa Wagner; and Mort Zuckerman.