Back to All Events

2018 Blue Jean Ball

  • Pier 290 1 Liechty Drive Williams Bay, WI, 53191 United States (map)

In 2005, the WGFRF held the first Scholar Retreat.  The Scholar Retreat is a three-day think-tank meeting that focuses solely on the Scholars.  It is the intention of the WGFRF to bring together leading clinicians and researchers in the early stages of their careers to foster the collaborative process from the beginning. In addition to attending one Annual Forum, Scholars are invited and expected to attend four consecutive Scholar Retreats. The Scholar Retreat provides a platform for sixteen scientists and researchers to work together on today’s issues and obstacles in cancer medicine. An immediate and direct impact on research projects can be made with the knowledge gained at the Scholar Retreat.

All funds from the Blue Jean Ball directly support the 2018 Scholar Retreat held in Lake Geneva, Wisconsin.

Sponsorship Levels

  • Retreat Sponsor – $5,000
  • Sponsor A Mentor – $2,500
  • Research Sponsor – $1,000
  • Blue Denim Donor – $500
  • Sponsor a Scholar – 4-year pledge $1,000/yr

All Sponsors will be recognized at the event, in the annual newsletter and on the web site.


This Sponsor will be honored on the following years invitation and receive 4 tickets to the Blue Jean Ball. They will also be included in the Retreat’s Kick Off Dinner, Scholar Dinner and invited to attend the Annual Forum. This is an opportunity to mingle the great scientific minds of our time in a casual setting.


Your donation will directly fund the attendance of a senior investigator to participate at the Scholar Retreat. The sponsor will receive (2) tickets to the Blue Jean Ball and an invitation to the Scholar Dinner.


In addition to the recognition, you will also receive (2) tickets to the Blue Jean Ball.


Each year four new scholars are selected to attend the Retreat, a 4-year program. Your pledge of $1,000 each year (totaling $4,000) will directly support a Scholar’s participation in the think tank. An individual scholar will be identified with your pledge. You will be invited to the Kick Off Dinner with the Scientists and receive (2) tickets to the Blue Jean Ball for each year you sponsor. This is your chance to participate in cancer research!

Scholars can be sponsored for a single year or a four-year commitment. Please contact for more information on available Scholars and sponsorship opportunities.

PIER 290

1 Liechty Drive
Williams Bay, WI 53191

PIER 290 offers a unique opportunity to enjoy lakeside dining on Lake Geneva. The menu showcases local food and a wine list with producers who respect artisanal techniques. The kitchen is dedicated to making as many items from scratch as possible. Ingredients come from nearby farms, including our own FARM 290 and others, such as Alden Hills Farm, Yuppie Hills Poultry, Hometown Sausage Kitchen.

Earlier Event: May 18
Annual Golf Outing