Cleveland's favorite bartender (and friend to many) Dan Rogan has recently been diagnosed with stage-four esophageal cancer and is currently undergoing treatment at the Cleveland Clinic. Throughout it all he has maintained the same sense of humor and enthusiasm that he has always shown to customers, friends and family. Since becoming sick, Rogan has organized regular get-togethers that he calls "cancer meet & greets."
On Sunday, May 19, his friends are hosting the "Ultimate Cancer Meet & Greet" in an effort to help pay for his medical care. The benefit will take place from 5 to 10 p.m. at House of Blues, which has generously donated the space and the staff to the cause.
Almost every notable chef and restaurant in town is donating food, gifts or both, including Lola Bistro (his employer), Chinato, Greenhouse Tavern, Fahrenheit, Fire, Harry Buffalo, Dante/Ginko, Spice, Corner Alley, Cork and Cleaver, Amp 150, Market Wine Bar, Luna Bakery, and Sweetness.
“Dan has been a dear friend to me and hundreds in this city,” shares Kathy Blackman, owner of the Grog Shop. “He has provided all of us with joy, laughter, sharp wit and fantastic service for 30 years. We are all deeply saddened that he and his family are having to go through this very tough time. So it thrills me to see how this community has banded together to help Dan and his family.”
“This event will be the party of the year!" Blackman promises.
“Clearly Dan has touched so many that they are jumping at the chance to help,” adds event co-organizer Kristen Adams. “Let’s just say this will be one of the most impressive auctions I have ever seen.”
Tim Richards of New 102/WDOK is slated to emcee with entertainment provided by DJs Robin Harris and Rob Sherwood. The night will also feature a silent auction, a Chinese raffle, and a 50/50 raffle. Numerous organizations in town also are donating to the cause.
The Marriott at the Key Center is offering reduced pricing on hotel rooms for those attending at just $99.
Suggested donation is $20 at the door. For more information visit the event page here