Small Talk: Annual ACS gala a success
by Annette Maddox
Special to The Star
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The American Cancer Society’s annual summer gala — “A Simply Southern Night” — on Friday, Aug. 17, at the Anniston Country Club was a huge success, and a delightful respite from the dog days of summer. The event raised more than $60,000, which will go to helping cancer patients get well and stay well. It also supports the society’s prestigious research program, which is funding close to $4 million of cancer research in Alabama right now. Close to 300 people attended the gala, which included a silent auction, live auction and dinner of southern favorites. Many of the gala goers enjoyed the live auction items up for grabs, including a week at vacation homes at the beach, an electric violin, and an instant wine cellar. Others took time to celebrate this year’s honoree, American Cancer Society leadership volunteer and cancer survivor Rick Dawson.

The theme “A Simply Southern Night” was reflected in the event’s decorations and menu choices. Gala goers were greeted at the entrance of the club by a Southern outdoor scene, full of hydrangeas and white linen. Aqua and lime green colored fabric and lighted candles adorned many of the tables and the silent auction area. For dinner, attendees feasted on Southern fare, which included a seafood boat of shrimp and oysters, country ham, a mashed potato bar, assorted salads, cheeses, fruits and desserts. Entertainment before the live auction included music chosen and played by Michael Vice of Hollywood Entertainment. There were several people and businesses that sponsored “A Simply Southern Night.” Those contributing $1,000 or more include: Northeast Alabama Surgical Association, Jim Nolen, Alacare, Auto Custom Carpets, Southern Metal Processing, Stringfellow Hospital, Webb Concrete, Alabama Power Foundation, Cancer Care Center of Anniston, Damn Yankees restaurant, Earlon McWhorter, FabArc Steel Supply, Fitco, The Crawford Clinic and Wells Fargo Advisors. According to those in charge of the event, the American Cancer Society’s summer gala could not have been so successful without a dedicated group of volunteers. This year’s gala volunteers included Chip Howell (event chair), Anne Brockwell, Brenda Shaw (silent auction chair), Jim Nolen (sponsorship chair), Kara Silvers, Scott Skinner, Elaine Edmondson, Theresa Haynes, Mary Graves, Shawn Crawford, Renee Stewart, Pam Fite, Sabrina Haynes, Margo Finch, and Mandi King. Many others worked tirelessly to make the event enjoyable and successful.

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