An Evening to Treasure
CEO Helen H. Miller with honorees
Diane Blum and Scott Hamilton
CancerCare's 2010 Treasures of the Sea Gala, the annual benefit for our CancerCare for Kids® program, was a huge success thanks to the generous support of our donors, sponsors, honorees and guests. By the end of the evening, we raised close to $500,000 for CancerCare for Kids, which provides free counseling, therapeutic activities and workshops, and financial assistance to children and families facing a cancer diagnosis.
Nick Saraco and Board President Paul M. Friedman
Nearly 350 guests joined us on May 25 at New York City's Pier Sixty at Chelsea Piers to enjoy fine wine and delectable cuisine against the backdrop of a steel drum band playing Caribbean and reggae music. Live and silent auctions gave attendees a chance to take home their own personal treasures including exclusive wines, exotic trips, golf packages and once-in-a-lifetime experiences.
Dinner Committee Chair Anne Moore, MD with her husband Arnold Lisio, MD
CancerCare board member Michael Widlitz, MD and his wife Sandra, co-chairs of the Gala committee and the evening's hosts, introduced a heartwarming video that highlighted the story of special guests Joann Centrone and her son, Joe who had received CancerCare's free counseling services in our Long Island office after the loss of their beloved mother and grandmother, Andrea, to breast cancer in 2007. Now, the family gives back to CancerCare by hosting an annual fundraiser in honor of Andrea and donating the proceeds to the CancerCare for Kids program.
Helen H. Miller with Gala Committee Co-Chairs Dr. Michael and Sandra Widlitz, and Joann Centrone and her son, Joe
The evening also honored two leading advocates for cancer patients, survivors and their loved ones. CancerCare Board President Paul M. Friedman presented the CancerCare Leadership Award to Diane Blum for her extraordinary vision and leadership of CancerCare as executive director for 20 years. In late 2009, Diane moved from her position with CancerCare to become CEO of the Lymphoma Research Foundation.
CancerCare CEO Helen H. Miller then took to the stage to introduce world-famous figure skating star, Olympic gold medalist and cancer survivor/advocate Scott Hamilton, who accepted the CancerCare Help & Hope Award. Hamilton wowed the audience with his inspiring story of overcoming serious health issues as a child to become a world-class athlete, and then surviving both testicular cancer and a benign brain tumor. He is now a passionate advocate for helping patients and their families cope with the challenges of cancer and serves as a mentor to children and adults alike.
Lisa and Robert Gerbino visit with friends Kathy Sabia, Kelly Ludl and Danielle Anduze
The evening was made possible by generous individual and corporate sponsors, including: The Gerbino Family Foundation, Continental Airlines, Collection XIIX, Millennium Pharmaceuticals, Smith Electric, The WebMD Health Foundation, UPS, and Cornerstone Communications.
Your continued support makes such a difference in the lives of children and families affected by cancer, and we extend our deepest gratitude to you, and hope to see you again next year!
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