The American Cancer Society – South Palm Beach Chapter leadership team is pleased to declare Saturday, March 9, 2013 as the date for their 2013 Hope Gala at Woodfield Country Club. All proceeds will benefit R.O.C.K. (Reaching out to Cancer Kids) Camp, a residential camp strictly for children with cancer. “In addition to being staffed with medical personnel around the clock, R.O.C.K. Camp is a place where kids with cancer and their families find great hope, strength and camaraderie,” said Jamie Lober, Public Relations Chairman. The American Cancer Society also sets aside money for research, education, advocacy and services that improve the quality of life for patients and their families.
The 2013 Hope Gala also celebrates a wonderful event, the 100th birthday of the American Cancer Society, an organization that trumpets their mission to create a world with less cancer and more birthdays. “I have spent my life creating and supporting programs that provide educational information to healthcare professionals and the general public about reducing cancer risk and have made it easier for people to access programs directed at finding cancer in its earliest, most treatable stages,” said Lober. Every member of the Leadership team for the gala has made a conscious effort to do something to give back. “Ellen Vaughan, our unit executive director has focused on securing financial support for programs and supporting services and has made people aware of patient services for after diagnosis and during treatment,” said Lober.
The Leadership team is comprised of professionals from various backgrounds. Ellen Vaughan, Audra Cardillo and Jennifer DeGruccio are staff partners. “These women have gotten involved and made a difference in the fight against cancer by helping others support the American Cancer Society through tax-deductible donations, volunteer opportunities and beloved events like Making Strides Against Breast Cancer and Relay for Life,” said Lober. Angela Spera and Nikko Capria bring two of the best party-oriented minds in South Florida to the table. “Spera is creative, imaginative and a true visionary with cutting-edge ideas and Capria is one of the most charming guys you could meet with a great smile and zest for providing top notch entertainment,” said Lober. Erik Lubell is also on board as auction chair. “He is very well-connected and has a knack for this position; we could not ask for better,” said Lober.
The evening will include a gourmet sit-down dinner, live and silent auctions, entertainment and dancing and an appearance by Honorary Chairman, Peter R. Baronoff, CEO of Promise Healthcare in Boca Raton, one of the leading LTAC hospital companies in the United States which owns 15 hospitals in six states and has plans for expansion. “This gala is historically one of the most anticipated in the Palm Beaches and no matter why you choose to take part, you can take pride in knowing that by giving back you are working to create a world where cancer will no longer threaten the lives of your loved ones,” said Lober.