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Legacy of Hope

Gala: Community leaders to be honored by Cancer Society

Posted: July 17, 2010 10:23 p.m.
Updated: July 18, 2010 4:55 a.m.

Roger Seaver

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The American Cancer Society’s Second Annual “Legacy of Hope” Gala, “Imagine — An Evening in Paris,” will be held on Sunday, Aug. 8 from 5-8 p.m. at Robinson Ranch Golf Club. Tickets to the ACS event, which pays tribute to people who epitomize the spirit and mission of the American Cancer Society, are currently available.

Recipients of the ACS’ prestigious Legacy of Hope awards include Cheri and Don Fleming of Valencia Acura, honored for “Leadership in Mission Support,” Roger Seaver, chief executive officer of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, lauded for “Leadership in Health Care” and  Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti Goldman of KHTS AM-1220, celebrated for “Leadership in Community Awareness.”

“We invite community members to purchase their tickets now for this meaningful and fun-filled American Cancer Society event,” said Candy Spahr, event chairwoman and ACS SCV Unit president. “In doing so, attendees will support our deserving honorees while at the same time help the ACS do what it does so well — save and improve lives affected by cancer.”

Festivities at the City-of-Lights-themed soiree will include: dinner, live jazz music, can-can dancers and silent and live auctions.

Offerings will include something for everyone in the family, said Spahr including trips, airfare, art, Warner Bros. collectibles, golf, spa and beauty certificates, Paris-themed items, restaurant meals and more.

Local attorney (and popular singer) Bill Lively will emcee the gala and provide his auctioneering skills.

The American Cancer Society is the nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It is the largest not-for-profit funding source for cancer research and has invested some $3 billion in research since its 1946 launch, funding the early research of 44 Nobel Prize winners.

The honorees are outstanding leaders of the Santa Clarita Valley who are also passionately committed to the fight against cancer, Spahr said.

“Our awardee selection panel took a close look at how honorees have worked in their own way to meet and support the mission of the American Cancer Society and its 2015 goals. In doing so, we unanimously agreed that these five people deserve that esteemed recognition,” Spahr said.

Those ACS goals include:

- Dedication to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.

- Reducing cancer incidence by 25 percent

- Reducing cancer mortality by 50 percent

- Improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.

This year approximately 133,955 Californians will receive a cancer diagnosis – and more than 54,655 Californians will lose their battle against the disease.

The American Cancer Society is committed to radically changing those devastating odds and saving lives, Spahr said.

“The American Cancer Society turns what it knows about cancer into what they do, and as a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year,” Spahr said. “We could not do that without research and we cannot do research without support.”

Tickets to “Imagine…An Evening in Paris” are: $100 for general admission; $150 for VIP event, which includes a pre-ceremony champagne and hors d’oeuvre reception and meeting with honorees.

For event tickets, sponsorship, underwriting, donation, or volunteer opportunities contact Candy Spahr, ACS SCV Unit President, at (661) 299-5536 or www.gala.acsevents.org/imagine.

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