The fourth Winship Cancer Institute Gala is being called the most successful fundraising event in Emory University's history, raising more than $1.3 million. The proceeds will benefit cancer research at Winship.
More than 400 people attended the black-tie event on Saturday, April 30 at the Piedmont Driving Club in Atlanta. The Gala celebrated the compassion displayed by patients, families, physicians and researchers in facing and treating this disease.
This year's Gala proceeds will support comprehensive cancer research including grants that focus on the medical prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of various cancers, to grants that analyze the healthiest environments and quality of life for cancers survivors, patients, and their families.
"We are grateful for all of the generous donors who made this event a tremendous success," says Walter J. Curran, Jr., MD, executive director of Winship. "We are especially appreciative of our hard working Gala chairs: Lou Glenn, Louisa Glenn D’Antignac and Rand Glenn Hagen as well as our honorary chair, Brenda Nease."
High level sponsors included the Ma-Ran Foundation, the Wilbur and Hilda Glenn Family Foundation, Brenda and Mac Nease, Cox Enterprises, Inc., and The Home Depot Foundation.
Video: Every Winship staffer loves to hear the bell being rung because it signals a patient finishing radiation or chemotherapy treatments. Here they share some of their feelings when they hear that bell. The theme of this year's Gala was compassion and the message was "help us ring the bell."