On August 22, 2015 at the GRAND BALLROOM of the Radisson Hotel in Aurora, Colorado … HUNT for the CURE was held for the first time, and we feel we were actually able to bring a more enlightened awareness to a debilitating disease, called Leukemia.
Although the amount of funds and resources it has taken to see this event through: has far exceeded any contributions, we were able to contribute an additional $1,300.00 dollars to help and aid in the research efforts in fighting Blood Cancers.
When Charles Martin Hunt succumbed to the effects of Leukemia on September 23, 2014 it definitely changed the course of a great many lives, and has already gone on to 'touch' the lives of many others. It is of course, what we are hoping will continue to happen in the future, which is eminently important to a great many folks.
Leukemia has been termed a ‘Roll of the Dice’ disease, and no one really knows how a person contracts the disease, although it continues to devastate the lives of millions of people around the world, and very excruciating to watch much less be closely related to anything this debilitating.
My sister Peggy Hunt, who being married to Charlie for more than thirty years, and his primary care giver in the last two and half years of his time on earth, was not only devastated over Charlie's passing, but left 'Holding the Bag' and not really knowing where to turn, as it nearly sapped the very essence of LIFE from her as well.
As LIFE continued unfolding, Peggy began to wonder, saying; "Mason, why don't we have a concert for Charlie, and invite his friends and anyone who would like to come?"
Of course, I loved the idea, and wanted to build upon a belief and ideology that stems from a simple concept: charity begins 'In Our Own Backyard' and, what better 'something' could we do, than to start 'something' that will grow into 'something' greater, all from the efforts of a man, who literally gave his LIFE? Otherwise ... it is 'something' that would not or could have happened without Charlie, and thus HUNT for the CURE.
While we are as yet a non profit organization, we have already accumulated the necessary paperwork which is called; 501 (c) 3 to file with the State of Colorado.
As we spoke about it, we came to the conclusion that we could work in making it an annual event through the efforts of our company America's Coast to Coast Entertainment Network, believing it gives us an even greater 'Purpose' realizing ... we have been on this path for as long as we can remember, albeit being as distracted with the effects of LIFE happening to each of us, every day as we keep moving forward. What else can we do?
And so, Peggy who financed our efforts ... secured August 22, 2015, as the day of our dinner concert at the Radisson Hotel, which is Charlie's birthday. We hired The Delta Sonics, voted Denver’s Best Blues Band for the last five consecutive years, when our previous efforts to hire another iconic talent fell through. But, it was Al Chesisx, the band leader who stepped up and gave us more hope and inspiration.
While we prepaid for the GRAND BALL ROOM itself, including the band, audio engineers, dinner, appetizers and other cost factors, we began calling upon local businesses here in Aurora to help in contributing merchandise for a SILENT AUCTION. Peggy and I literally 'Cold Called' everyone we came into contact with ... who would listen. We were lucky to have been involved with people like Tim Tripp of Grizzly Creek Framing, Tom Noll, Las Hadas, Finish Line Car Wash, Dry Dock Brewery, 2 local Home Depot and 1 K-Mart stores, Natural Grocers, Arthur Murray Dance Studio, Elvis Cinemas, The Movie Tavern, Avalanche and Mile High Harley Davidson, The Fresh Fish Company and Nick's Garden Center.
And, not only were local businesses instrumental in helping, we were lucky to enlist the help also from the City of Aurora's Fire and Police Chief's and the City's Golf course, who contributed 'Ride a Longs' with the police and fire departments and rounds of golf among other factors ... that did help us make the evening a success.
Meanwhile, we happened upon several serendipitous contacts including, the Infinity Wellness Center with Dr. Tim Cummins who also happens to be working toward a cure as well, and it was through the help of Dr. Cummins whose staff helped in running the Silent Auction that we were able to present an evening that was considered a success among those who were there.
So many details were important factors, but we were constantly told; "This is the beginning and you're paving the way, for something greater, and you will see how this will come to LIFE."
While we did give away many more tickets than we sold, we did see approximately 80 to 100 people during the event, with many thanks to Dr. Michael Maris, Carol Sazama, Rene' Nicolosi, Sandra Jarock, Tony & Kim Plough and so many others who were so kind to help us in seeing things through and wanting to help us in next years event.
Also thanks to Dallas Bligh from The Radisson Hotel who is also donating a $1.00 toward every drink sold during the event. While the bar took in about $1,000.00 dollars, the $106.00 is being added to the total we are donating, which makes our efforts a success.
The bottom line result is simply this; Peggy Hunt funded and helped create HUNT for the Cure but, had Charlie not contracted Leukemia ... none of this would have taken place. And yet, with all that can be done, we have to start somewhere in an effort to do something worthwhile 'In Our Own Backyard.'
We are compiling letters to those businesses and City of Aurora folks who were involved ... and are looking very much forward to seeing those efforts coming even more to fruition, now that we've covered so much ground. And, when we are able to have our web platform launched into existence ... The Delta Sonics are already wanting to be involved and we are hoping others are willing as well.
The Infinity Wellness Center is already on board, and looking for the second annual HUNT for the Cure to be three times the success.
In the meantime, please keep us in mind as we keep moving our efforts for JST KLSX and America's Coast to Coast Entertainment Network as the organizer and promoter.
Thank you - Mason Ramsey