Third Gala Dinner Invitation


3rd Annual Gala Dinner

To fund our global project: Sanitary Facilities for Schools in the Island of Roatan, Honduras, where none exist.

To contribute to the global effort by Rotary International to eradicate Polio.

And our local projects: Opera Express (bringing musical education to schools by Opera Carolina). Scholarships for high school students to attend “Seminar for Tomorrow Leaders”, a 4-day camp developed and run by Rotarians held each June at Queens University, NextGen Peace Builders, a 6 weeks conflict resolution Rotary sponsored program for students in several area High Schools and a High School Project in Arequipa, Peru.

Date:               October 27th, 2016 – 6:00 pm

Location:       Carmel Country Club           

                      4735 Carmel Rd.,      Charlotte NC

6:00 pm to 7:30 pm: Social Get-Together to chat and have some pre-dinner drinks with musical entertainment and Raffaldini wine tasting

Silent Auction info by Nora

Harp Music by Andrea Mumm.

7:30 pm to 9:30 pm: Dinner Program


Wine tasting program


Jay Raffaldini

Owner of the Raffaldini Vineyards in Ronda, NC

Jerome (Jay) Raffaldini has worked his entire career on Wall Street and currently serves as Global Head of Sales for one of the largest hedge fund and fund of fund managers in the world.  In 2001, Jay established a vineyard in the United States as a means to honor his family’s legacy of making wine since the mid-1300s.  After an exhaustive search for the ideal setting he chose North Carolina rooted in the firm belief that this area held enormous potential for exceptional wine production.  Jay chose to plant grapes that originate from Central to Southern Italy and is among a small group of pioneers in introducing these varietals to America.  Over the last ten years Raffaldini Vineyards has received numerous national awards with the most notables being voted One of the Top Ten Hot New Small Brands in North America, a first for any vineyard in the Eastern United States as well as garnering the highest rated red wine ever from North Carolina (90 and Editors Choice) by the Wine Enthusiast.  Jay resides in Winston Salem and divides his time between this beautiful area and his office in Manhattan. 


Musical Entertainment


Andrea Mumm

Andrea Mumm is native of New Jersey. She holds the Dr. Billy Graham Principal Harp chair of the Charlotte Symphony Orchestra. Praised for her ability to “handle filigree solo passage with aplomb” and her “serene…and sweetly swoony” playing by the Charlotte Observer, Andrea is regarded as one of the top harpists of her generation. Andrea is also the Principal Harpist of the Colorado Music Festival and has performed with Civic Orchestra of Chicago, National Repertory Orchestra, Peninsula Music Festival Orchestra, Mercury Opera Company of Rochester, and the Brevard Music Center Orchestra in addition to having toured extensively throughout North and South America as Principal Harpist with the Youth Orchestra of the Americas.


Main Speaker for the Evening:

Dr. Derek Raghavan, MD, PhD, FACP, FRACP.

Health and health education, with special emphasis on cancer research.

Dr. Raghavan is an internationally-renowned cancer researcher and medical oncologist, is president of Carolinas HealthCare System’s Levine Cancer Institute. Since joining the Institute in April 2011, Dr. Raghavan has pioneered an innovative approach to cancer

care that eliminates the natural barriers to top-quality care, such as distance to clinical and research sites, culture, access, and more. Dr. Raghavan’s clinical and research interests are focused on genitourinary cancer, cancer in the elderly, anticancer drug discovery and development, and comparative human oncology.

Dr. Raghavan has been instrumental in the development of the Institute’s community-based care efforts to address demographic and geographic disparities in screening and treatment; and the acquisition of more first-in-human and Phase II clinical trial offerings to advance the study and treatment of cancer or cancer. Under his leadership, the Institute launched its first patient navigator academy, which was one of the first for a health system in the country. The academy provided enhanced training to staff to help them guide cancer patients and their families through their care journey and transition oncology care to the most appropriate location for the patient.

Dr. Raghavan currently serves on the editorial board for numerous medical journals; has been a principal investigator for more than a dozen major research grants; has published more than 300 papers in peer-reviewed professional journals; has edited nine textbooks; and has been cited a clinical expert and thought leader on issues such as the value and cost of cancer care in several national and industry-leading media outlets including: Wall Street Journal, New York Times, CNN, ABC News and Larry King. Additionally, he serves on the external advisory boards of cancer centers at Washington

University, University of Miami, Roswell Park Cancer Institute and Virginia Commonwealth University.

Prior to coming to the Institute, Dr. Raghavan served concurrent appointments as Chairman and Director of the Taussig Cancer Center at Cleveland Clinic and as the M. Frank and Margaret Domiter Rudy Institute (Distinguished) Chair in Translational Cancer Research. Under his leadership, the Institute progressed from a rating of No. 46 to No. 9 in U.S. News & World Report’s national ranking of top cancer hospitals. During that time he also was responsible for recruiting more than 70 top cancer professionals to the Clinic and for major initiatives like early clinical trials in genitourinary cancer, a clinical trial of circulating tumor cell assay that led to FDA approval for use as prognostic tool for prostate cancer, and the establishment of a patient navigation program for under- served African Americans.

Dr. Raghavan was also previously professor of medicine, professor of urology and chief of the Division of Oncology at the University of Southern California. He also served as associate director for clinical research at USC/Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. He began his medical career in Australia, carrying out clinical and laboratory research in genito-urinary and lung cancers.

After 10 years in Australia, he was recruited to lead the departments Solid Tumor Oncology and Investigational Therapeutics at Roswell Park Cancer Institute in Buffalo, NY, where he was also professor of medicine at the State University of New York at Buffalo. Trained in Medicine and Oncology at the University of Sydney, Australia, Dr.Raghavan received a PhD in experimental pathology from the University of London/Ludwig Institute.


Dinner Menu     

1. Appetizer– Tomato Basil Bisque                                                           

2. Spinach Salad-Roasted Tomatoes, Asparagus Tips, Red Onion, Olive Croutons and

Roasted Garlic Dressing                                                               

3. Entrée – choice of

           3.1. Seared Atlantic Salmon; with Creamed Leeks, Beurre Rouge

                  and Parsnip Chips;                                                    

           3.2. Sliced Pork Loin; with Bacon, Onions, Fried Potatoes

                   and Port Wine Reduction;                                         

          3.3. Eggplant Cannelloni; with Spinach, Ricotta Cheese, Garden Squash 

                  Coulis and Roasted Tomatoes;                                           

4. Dessert and Coffee –Chocolate Berry Mousse Cake with Seasonal Berries,

                   Chocolate Mouse and Raspberry Marmalade                



Tickets are

$125.00, per person, by registering at the bottom of the page and paying either by Check, Credit Card, or by PayPal.

“$ 110.00 Early Bird 1” before August 10, 2016

“$ 120.00 Early Bird 2” before September 15, 2016

We would appreciate your consideration of the sponsorship opportunities listed below.


Platinum Sponsor: $2,500.00

§  2 Tables for eight

§  2 seats at the speakers table

§  Recognition at the Gala Dinner

§  1 box of Wine (12 bottles)


             Gold Sponsor: $1,200.00

§  1 Table for eight

§  Recognition at the Gala Dinner


              Silver Sponsor: $750.00

§  4 Tickets

§  Recognition at the Gala Dinner


              Bronze Sponsor : $300.00

§  2 Tickets

§  Recognition at the Gala Dinner


                 Table Sponsor $ 850.00 Table with 8 seats

                     (=15% discount of individual price)

§  Short announcement at the Gala Dinner


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