Designed for a Cure

Benefits Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Jamie McKinney Rusk (Event Co-Chair) with her husband Kevin Rusk

Thursday, February 13, 2014, at 7 p.m.
The Ice Palace
1400 North Miami Avenue, Downtown Miami
305-243-9088 (Loana Cervantes or Katie Repici)

Co-chaired by Jamie McKinney Rusk and Denie Freyer Harris, Designed for a Cure is expected to draw more than 600 members of South Florida’s philanthropic and business community to gather at the Ice Palace to support cancer research at Sylvester. The signature fundraising event will feature tastings by more than 30 renowned Miami restaurants highlighting the flavors of South Florida, as well as premium mixology bars featuring the most current cocktail creations. The highlight of the evening, featuring world-renowned fashion designer Oscar de la Renta, will be the power­ful, inspiring and fashion-forward runway show starring Sylvester patient-survivors and their caregivers as they turn into “models” alongside professional models.

On this evening, we will also be honoring Jennifer Stearns Buttrick, who chaired the event in 2008 and 2011, with the very first Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Philanthropist of the Year Award, for her hard work and dedication to Sylvester. The evening will conclude with an after party of music, dancing and an exclusive dessert tasting.

The evening’s time line will be as follows:

Denie Freyer Harris (Event Co-Chair) with her husband Mason Harris
  • 6 p.m.: An exclusive VIP cocktail reception giving first access to restaurant tasting tables and the much anticipated silent auction
  • 7 p.m.: The cocktail reception will open to general admission guests
  • 8:30 p.m.: Fashion show featuring patient-survivors in Oscar de la Renta designs and professional models dressed in Oscar de la Renta’s Spring 2014 Collection
  • 10 p.m.: The after party, including music and dessert tastings

The survivor-patients at this event are a shining example of just how far we’ve come in cancer research. “Every donor and every gift may mean a healthier and longer life for a cancer patient,” says Stephen D. Nimer, M.D., Director of Sylvester. As the only academic-based center in South Florida, Sylvester represents the cutting edge of cancer treatment for the University of Miami and the UHealth System. Sylvester is changing the paradigm of discovery, innovation and cancer care for specific types of cancers. Designed for a Cure is one of the primary fundraisers that support the research, clinical trials and compassionate care provided to all patients at Sylvester.

Sponsorship opportunities are available ranging from $2,500 to $100,000, and individual tickets are $200 for general admission and $400 for VIP tickets which include the VIP reception and lounge seating at the fashion show. Visit the website or call 305-243-9088 for more information. Join the conversation on Facebook, and Twitter.

Jennifer Stearns Buttrick (Recipient of the Harcourt M. and Virginia W. Sylvester Philanthropist of the Year Award) with her husband Matt Buttrick

About Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center

Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center’s inpatient admissions, surgical procedures and leading edge cancer treatments have impacted the lives of over 1 million people in South Florida.

Sylvester was established in 1992 to provide comprehensive cancer services and today serves as the hub for cancer-related research, diagnosis, and treatment. Sylvester handles 1,300 inpatient admissions, performs 3,000 surgical procedures, and treats more than 4,300 new cancer patients annually. All Sylvester cancer specialists are on the faculty of the Miller School of Medicine, South Florida’s only academic medical center. In addition, Sylvester physicians and scientists are engaged in more than 200 clinical trials and receive $41 million annually in federal funding and private research grants, more than any other cancer center in South Florida. Sylvester at Deerfield Beach opened in 2003 to better meet the needs of residents of Broward and Palm Beach counties, and now offers appointments with 30 physician faculty members from 14 of 15 Site Disease Groups, state of the art imaging suite, radiation oncology services, as well as a women’s center. Sylvester also has satellite facilities in Kendall and Plantation.

Designed for a Cure celebrates growth and discovery as Sylvester flourishes and expands to meet tomorrow’s challenges in cancer research, treatment and cures. For more information visit

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