Pillars of Hope 2022

Our annual event to raise funds to conquer pancreatic cancer was a huge success! A massive thank you to all of you who contributed in anyway, you have all made a big difference in the Purple Pansies fight to end pancreatic cancer.

OH WHAT A NIGHT! With our theme of ‘Building Bridges’, one and all crossed our Monet inspired bridge to enter the event. During the lively cocktail hour, all of the silent auction items were on display and with the wonderful jazz band playing in the background, we marveled at the frantic bidding wars that began. All then found their tables in the main ballroom, to enjoy the delectable dinner. Each course was complemented by a wine pairing with sommeliers on hand to provide key insights. As the evening progressed and the open bar continued, attendees were both entertained and moved by our Emcee the incomparable Dave Price. Maria rallied us all with her passionate mission statement and moving presentations and the live auction had everyone on their feet. The evening concluded with our Bill Palmer award, presented this year to the amazing Howard Young, a 20 year survivor. See below just a handful of the many memorable moments we shared.

The replica Monet bridge

The silent auction

Maria Fundora our passionate founder

Dave’s personal speech and our award winner Howard Young

The cocktail lounge with jazz band

Our incredible Emcee Dave Price

The exciting live auction

Bridges being built between Piedmont & TGen

our annual event featured:

Cocktail Hour

An exclusive cocktail hour, complete with champagne, delectable appetizers and beautiful live jazz music

Multi-course Dinner

A four-course dinner prepared by Casa Nuova, complete with wine pairings and sommelier guidance

Exciting Auctions

A silent auction featuring 100’s of lots, including many rare wines and our exciting live auction featuring exclusive trips


Our amazing Emcee Dave Price, lead the program of inspirational, informative and moving multimedia presentations

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2022 Event Recording