On the Monday after Labor Day, Quincy worked her magic and sent very much needed cooler weather for at the 5th Annual Benefit for the Quincy Lee Foundation. It was a nice break from the hot days and nights of the summer of 2013! As usual, family and friends gathered for the good cause and filled The Parker House porch to sample the delicious delicacies from local restaurants and enjoy the unlimited beer and wine. The restaurants this year included: The Parker House Raw Bar, The Column's, The Boathouse, Brandl, The Cabin, Edgar's Pub, Four Winds, Freedman's Bakery, Green Planet Coffee, Langusta Lounge, 507 Main, Mcgillicuddy's, Mossuto's Market, Pastaio, 709 Point Beach, and Smith's in Philadelphia!
Each year we are astounded by the generosity of our guests and hosts, but this year truly amazed us. For 5 years in a row, the hard working gals and guys of The Parker House have always donated their tips in addition to working the benefit. This year they went above and beyond and were the lucky winners of the 50/50 raffle, as they all went in together on tickets. With no hesitation, once they found out they had won, they proceeded to donate their winnings to the QLF. The above picture shows the incredible staff with owner Frank Matthews and manager Tony Sofia. A big grateful thank you to all the staff at The Parker House!
The Kuykendall Family- Ryeley, Bayley, Casey, Darlene, Jaymey & Barry
Barry, Jaymey, Casey & Darlene Kuykendall
On July 27, 2013, The Kuykendall Family completed the 5k Warrior Dash Mud Run. The race was a very challenging obstacle course that goes over, under and through mud. As Darlene exclaimed, "Did I mention MUD!" There were over 23,000 participants and Bayley placed 5th and Jaymey 15th overall! Casey finished strong as did Mom and Dad, and Ryeley captured it all as the family photographer. The family dedicated their heat to Quincy and wore tee-shirts with her picture and her wish that "all kids with cancer could be all better." "It was a family event in memory of Quin and we all had a really great time!", said Darlene.
Natalie and Christina Devereaux, and Emily Kaye
Grace Dille and Julia Karchezski
It makes sense that Quincy would have amazing and compassionate girlfriends as she was that kind of girl herself! For many years now, Quincy's girlfriends have started the holiday season baking cookies and breads to raise money for the QLF. Each year the girls seem to out do themselves and raise even more than the previous year. As they did their part, our vendors on November 15th at the Holiday Boutique did theirs, selling handbags, stationary, accessories, jewelry, specialty skin products, and confections, along side our cashmere products. Everyone generously donated a portion of their proceeds to pediatric cancer research. A big thank you to everyone who participated and helped out on that day!
On October 24, 2012 the SF Giants defeated the Detroit Tigers in game one of the World Series,but that's not all! During the fifth inning, fans, broadcasters, umpires and players all "Stood Up 2 Cancer" displaying placards that were given out upon entry into the park for people to write the names of their loved ones affected by cancer. It was a very unifying moment as most everyone had a name they could write. Cancer does not discriminate Our good friend here, Michael Fahey, wrote "Quincy"
on his card. Major funding was raised this fall through Stand Up to Cancer and the Giants went on the win the World Series...again!
Frank Matthews and Tony Sofia with PH Fans!
September 10, 2012 was the date for Henry Wright's Heart 4th Annual Benefit for the QLF. It was a great party for a great cause! Over 15 regional restaurants served their signature dishes around the Parker House porch. Musicians and magicians entertained the crowd on an evening with wonderful weather and guests went home with terrific auctions items generously donated by local merchants and friends of Henry's and Quincy's! Most restaurants returned from last year - 507 Main, Bar Anticipation, The Boathouse, Brandl, The Cabin, Column's, Edgar's Pub, Four Winds, Freedman's, Pastaio, Green Planet Coffee, Langosta Lounge, McGillicuddy's, Mossuto's Market, Parker House Raw Bar, and Smith's, The local beer and wine distributors - Ritchie and Page, Crown Beer, Pt. Pleasant, Shore and R & R Liquors made sure guests enjoyed themselves with complimentary libations.
"Life in the Walnut Creek Garden" was held on Saturday, May 5, 2012, from 11am-4pm. Five private residential gardens were available for a self-guided tour with knowledgeable docents on each property. It was a great afternoon to stroll beautifully landscaped backyards with water features, kitchen and dining areas, gardening plots, and children's play areas. John Montgomery, the designer and landscape architect of these five gardens was on hand to answer questions along with many extras at each house including live music by two different bands... a cooking demonstration on Mexican food in honor of Cinco de Mayo... bee keeping and farming professionals...home decor and garden accessories from local artisans... homemade goodies from Quincy's girlfriends...and a raffle to win one of Esin Restaurant and Bar's awarding winning desserts! It was truly a wonderful day in the garden!
Clare, Lisa , Carol and Carmel
The QLF had its Second Annual Holiday Boutique on December 6th, 2011 at 411 Hartz Ave., Danville. Terrific merchandise was available to fulfill those holiday wish lists. A sample of our goodies included: handbags and accessories, bed jackets, lotions, blankets, stationary, hand-crafted jewelry, tabletop gifts and decor, kids clothing, Fuzzy Duds, delicious homemade treats, kitchen gadgets, nut and chocolate confections, and plenty of stocker stuffers! As always, a percentage of all sales went toward pediatric cancer care and research. The highlight of the event however was the effort of Quincy's girlfriends who baked numerous bags of homemade cookies and sold them making over $800 from the sales!
Henry Wright's Heart held the 3rd Annual Benefit for the Quincy Lee Foundation at the Parker House in Sea Girt, New Jersey, on September 19, 2011. It proved to be a very successful event once again! Most restaurants returned from last year, offering their fabulous food specialties in stations set up around the porch - Bar Anticipation, Boathouse, Brandl, The Cabin, The Column's, Edgar's Pub, Freedman's, Green Planet Coffee, Langosta Lounge, Mossuto's Market, Parker House Raw Bar, Smith's, and Viva's. Four Winds and McGillicuddy's Restaurants were new to the the mix this year. The local beer and wine distributors - Ritchie and Page, Crown Beer, Pt. Pleasant, Shore and R & R Liquors made sure guests enjoyed themselves with complimentary libations, and put everyone in the mood for bidding on terrific auction items! Once again a big hit in the silent auction was the vacation home in Maine and a ghost tour at Pennhurst, PA! We send a sincere thank you to all our friends and families who helped make this a wonderful event and to all our supporters who generously donated and attended the event.
Lisa, Becky and Roger
On June 30th, the QLF hosted a "Red, White and Blue Luncheon" for all the families of pediatric patients. The weather was beautiful and we were able to have it outside in the 6Long Courtyard behind the playroom at UCSF. As we know from our extensive hospital experience with Quincy, a breath of fresh air and a comforting break from treatment, is one of the best things you can offer an inpatient family. Specialty sandwiches, chips and drinks, plus homemade cookies and cupcakes baked by Quincy's girlfriends, Christina and Natalie Deveraux, Julia Karczewski, Megan McSweeney, and Lauren Devine were enjoyed by everyone! All families also received gift bags packed with fun and functional items for their hospital stays and beyond.
"Eat pie - fight cancer," was Alex Ackerman's 8th grade community - service project for the QLF. Alex, a student at Athenian School in Danville, CA, has a knack for making apple pies from scratch (crust included!). He decided to sell pies to raise money for the 4th of July Luncheon that the Quincy Lee Foundation was hosting for all the families of pediatric patients at UCSF. Due to an overwhelming positive response to his request, he needed to recruit several buddies and family members for a day of pie making. That evening, 15 warm apple pies were delivered to some very happy customers. Alex also contacted the SF Giants Baseball team to see if they could contribute to the UCSF event. The SF Giants organization generously donated banners, bracelets and baseballs that put smiles on many faces at the hospital! Thank you Alex for all your efforts!