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Pink flamingos and green monkeys add spice to lively M.D. Anderson fundraiser in Aspen

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Dr. Ron DePinho, from left, Dr. Lynda Chin and Barbara and Gerry Hines at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Ron DePinho, from left, Dr. Lynda Chin with Barbara and Gerry Hines. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Guests at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
The 200 guests partied beneath a shower of topiary monkies. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Jack and Leslie Blanton, from left, with George Lancaster at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 201
Jack and Leslie Blanton, left, with George Lancaster. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Flamingos at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Pink flamingos welcome guests to the party tent. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Connelly and Jackie McGreevy, from left, and Laura and Andrew McCullough at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Connelly and Jackie McGreevy,  left, with Laura and Andrew McCullough. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
A river at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
The party takes place each summer on the banks of the Roaring Fork River. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Mary and Will Williams, from left, with Susan Nutt at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Mary and Will Williams, left, with Susan Nutt. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Denise Monteleone, from left, Jim Martin, Judy Allen and Alex Dell at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Denise Monteleone, from left, Jim Martin, Judy Allen and Alex Dell. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Jordan and Peggy Rogers, from left, and Sandy and Charles Israel at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Jordan and Peggy Rogers, left, with Sandy and Charles Israel. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Gene and Dana Powell, from left, with Dr. Lynda Chin at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Gene and Dana Powell, left, with Dr. Lynda Chin. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Gerry and Barbara Hines at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Hosts Gerry and Barbara Hines welcome guests. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Randall Bone, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho, Dr. Lynda Chin and Estela and David Cockrell at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Randall Bone, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho, Dr. Lynda Chin and Estela and David Cockrell. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Ellie and Michael Francisco, from left, with Dr. Veronica Selinko-Curran at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Ellie and Michael Francisco, left, with Dr. Veronica Selinko-Curran. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Dr. Ron DePinho at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Ron DePinho. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
The Hines tent at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
The Hines party tent featured a tropical theme with topiary monkies. Photo by © MarySue Bonetti
Dr. Ron DePinho, from left, Dr. Lynda Chin and Barbara and Gerry Hines at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Guests at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Jack and Leslie Blanton, from left, with George Lancaster at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 201
Flamingos at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Connelly and Jackie McGreevy, from left, and Laura and Andrew McCullough at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
A river at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Mary and Will Williams, from left, with Susan Nutt at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Denise Monteleone, from left, Jim Martin, Judy Allen and Alex Dell at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Jordan and Peggy Rogers, from left, and Sandy and Charles Israel at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Gene and Dana Powell, from left, with Dr. Lynda Chin at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Gerry and Barbara Hines at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Randall Bone, from left, Dr. Ron DePinho, Dr. Lynda Chin and Estela and David Cockrell at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Ellie and Michael Francisco, from left, with Dr. Veronica Selinko-Curran at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
Dr. Ron DePinho at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014
The Hines tent at M.D. Anderson in Aspen July 2014

Since its inception 16 years ago, M.D. Anderson's "Making Cancer History" seminar in Aspen has been one of the intellectual highlights of the season that is chockablock with gray matter confabs. Likewise, the accompanying party hosted each year by Barbara and Gerald Hines is one of the must-attend benefits of the summer.  

The well-heeled crowd, most from Houston, soaked up the cool mountain air on the banks of the Roaring Fork River, partied in a whimsically decorated tent and raised $50,000 for the cancer center. 

On Monday, 270 participants packed to near capacity the Paepcke Auditorium at the Aspen Institute where for two hours M.D. Anderson president Dr. Ron DePinho led a distinguished group of doctors and faculty in a discussion on the latest breakthroughs in the Moon Shots program. He was joined by M.D. Anderson chair of immunology James Allison, Melanoma and Skin Center director Dr. Jeff Gershenwald, chair of Gynecology and Reproductive Medicine Dr. Karen Lu and chair of Genomic Medicine Dr. Lynda Chin.

That evening, the Hineses opened the tree-shrouded grounds of their Aspen vacation home to 200 friends and supporters of M.D. Anderson. The well-heeled crowd, most from Houston, soaked up the cool mountain air on the banks of the Roaring Fork River, partied in a whimsically decorated tent and raised $50,000 for the cancer center. As is Hines tradition for this party, the tent is typically dressed in a colorful theme, this year the nod was to the tropics with pink topiary flamingos at the entry and green topiary monkeys swinging from the tent rafters.

In recent years, Barbara Hines, a talented artist, has created a special work to be auctioned at the M.D. Anderson event. On Monday, DePinho and Chin were high bidders on 60 x 54-inch painting "Aspen Trees on Independence Pass." The winning bid of $9,000 added to the kitty earmarked for the Moon Shots program.

Savoring the beauty of this sunset party were Leslie and Jack Blanton Jr., Denise Monteleone, Judy Allen, Estela and David Cockrell, Jackie and Connelly McGreevy, Laura and Andrew McCullough, George Lancaster, Ellie and Michael Francisco, Mary and Will Williams, Susan Nutt and Alex Dell.

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