When MD Anderson canceled its July Making Cancer History® Seminar in Aspen, Colorado, due to the COVID-19 pandemic, supporter Barbara Hines put her paintbrush to work. Her abstract mixed-media piece “Mountainside in the Mist” raised $11,000 in a virtual auction, with 100% of proceeds benefiting cancer research.
More than 400 supporters received invitations to take part, with Mel Klein, MD Anderson Cancer Center Board of Visitors Life Member and past chair, submitting the winning bid.
Barbara and her husband, Gerald Hines, who passed away in August just days after his 95th birthday, have played an active role in the annual Aspen event, a highlight in the area for 21 years, by hosting an outdoor cocktail buffet at their home on the Roaring Fork River. She says the painting “is inspired by the new heights all of us are now challenged to climb.”
Since 2005, the couple has made significant in-kind donations to MD Anderson, underwriting receptions at their home and offering Barbara’s artwork for silent auctions to benefit cancer research and patient programs.