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Local Estate Sale

Planned to Benefit Cancer Care

Schnese ArtIn an effort to support local cancer care services, while honoring the philanthropic legacy of his parents, Frank and Sally, St. Joseph resident, Kurt Schnese will host an estate sale on May 25 and 26. During the event, a wide range of art, furniture, and antiques collected by Kurt over his lifetime will be auctioned off. All proceeds raised will go to support Lakeland oncology services – a cause near to Kurt’s heart.

In 2013 Kurt’s father, Frank, lost his battle with a rare blood disease. In August 2014, Kurt himself was diagnosed with stage four lymphoma and completed six months of chemotherapy in June 2015. The family said they will never forget the care he received from the entire hematology and oncology team.

“My father was treated with amazing respect and care,” said Kurt. “When I am at the cancer center, the nurses all remember him and we sit and talk about what a great person he was. I’ve expressed to people how fortunate we are to have a world-class cancer center in our community – it’s something that we should all be extremely proud of.”

After graduating from St. Joseph High School in 1975, Kurt was accepted into California Institute of Art, the prestigious private school founded by Walt Disney and his brother, Roy. While at CalArts, Kurt worked at Universal Studios in the wardrobe department for the television show division working on shows such as Six Million Dollar Man, The Rockford Files, and the Captain and Tennille Show.

Although his studies were in the area of graphic design and advertising, his career put him in the field of interior design working alongside Angelo Donghia, Architectural Digest’s “most influential designer of the 20th century.” While with Angelo Donghia, Kurt worked with celebrities in fashion, television and entertainment, and the music industry. Kurt later entered the field of executive office furnishings working with some of the leading companies in the United States.

“While there are many ways for community members to make an impact, this event is the first of its kind in support of our health system,” said Brandi Smith-Gordon, Vice President of Philanthropy and President of Lakeland Health Foundations. “Kurt’s generosity is an inspiration to us all and will have a significant impact on the care we are able to provide to our friends and neighbors battling cancer.”

You’re Invited

Kurt Schnese Estate Sale

To benefit Lakeland Health oncology services
Friday and Saturday, May 25 and 26
The Heritage Museum & Cultural Center
601 Main Street, St. Joseph

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