On an unseasonably warm October evening, the Chris4Life Colon Cancer
Foundation hosted its Second Annual Blue Hope Bash at the Park Hyatt in Washington, DC.

Several hundred people including colon cancer survivors, their families, Chris4Life supporters and friends, gathered together to help raise money to increase awareness of colon cancer and to provide the funding needed to continue vital research.

When I arrived at the event, I was immediately led downstairs to the cocktail reception.  Registration was a breeze and I was instantly given a BidPal device in the event I want to participate in the Silent Auction.  (I ended up bidding on a wine package only to be outbid with 6 seconds left, oh well).

Up for bids included artwork, most of which were paintings from the recent ArtJamz fundraising events, tickets to various sporting events, food, hotel and entertainment packages and just about anything else you could imagine.  A few of my girlfriends soon joined me and we mixed and mingled with other guests before dinner.

Upon entering the ballroom, we were greeted by a sea of blue.  The crowd was still abuzz from the cocktail hour but simmered down once Mistress of Ceremonies, Jennifer Donelan of ABC 7 News, took the stage.  Who knew she was so funny?  She was very down to earth and kept us laughing the entire time.

In addition to being a fundraiser, it was an evening to recognize several individuals who had been instrumental in raising awareness of colon cancer, including an oncologist, the husband of someone who actively supported Chris4Life and had succumbed recently to the disease, and the organizer of the 2012 Scope It Out 5K.

Towards the end of the program, Chris4Life CEO Michael Sapienza asked everyone in the room who had in some way been affected by colon cancer to stand up.  As we looked around, a majority of those in attendance were standing.  He made a pitch to the crowd to give what they could
to support the cause and within a matter of seconds, the donations began to roll in.  As of last count, I believe the event raise nearly $200k.

Attending the Blue Hope Bash was truly a humbling experience especially for anyone who has been impacted by colon cancer.  With your help, next year’s event will be an even greater success.

It’s never too late to make a donation or to support this wonderful organization with your time.  Please visit: http://www.chris4life.org/give.