East Calhoun man throws party for fight against cancer

Back in 1591, Englishman Henry Smith urged folks to "honor thy parents." Hundreds of years later and thousands of miles away, Bryan Rice of Uptown is doing just that. He's throwing a party on Saturday, July 16 and Sunday, July 17 dressed up as a home and garden tour to benefit the American Cancer Society and American Lung Association.

All donations received will be given to the two organizations in honor of Mr. and Mrs. Scott Rice, Bryan Rice's parents.

Said Rice, "Last fall, I just was really missing my parents a lot and I thought, 'What can I do? Even though they're not here, I still want them to be proud.'"

His father died of cancer and his mother of emphysema.

The tribute events will be held 2-5 p.m. both days. There is a suggested minimum donation of $20 to tour Rice's extensively renovated 1916 Craftsman home, 3436 Fremont Ave. S., and gardens.

There will also be a private, silent auction for a Susan McDonnell painting, a handcrafted birdhouse by Rick Elden, as well as an Italian dinner for six and a clambake for six.

Said Rice, "I watched [my parents] do what they could do, and they did the best that they could. It's amazing to me. I respected them then. Now all you have left is to honor [them]. It's these kinds of things that keep you going."

Reservations can be made by sending an e-mail to mike@mikeymichaelmike.com.