Celebrating The Fight

LaVonne Cottrell.

LaVonne Cottrell.

Unfortunately, most of us will be affected by cancer at some point in our lives. Hearing the “C” word happens more often than not in our society. So when LaVonne Cottrell lost her mother more than six years ago, she decided to make a difference in the lives of others who are touched by the disease.

It was an easy decision when asked to be Chairperson of this year’s American Cancer Society’s Evening of Hope Gala. Celebrating their 100 year birthday bash this year, LaVonne promises an evening to remember.

I had the opportunity to sit down with LaVonne to discuss more details on the event and where tickets can be purchased.

Lori Kommor: The American Cancer Society’s Evening of Hope Gala is Saturday, August 17 from 6:00pm-11:00pm at the Galt House Grand Ballroom. As Chairperson this year can you share with us what the evening will entail?
LaVonne: This will be a fun filled evening celebrating the 100 year birthday of the American Cancer Society. There will be a live auction with some exceptional items, elegant dinner, open bar, dancing to The Louisville Crashers and most importantly some very special people will be honored for their dedication to fighting the fight against cancer.

Lori: This year marks the 100th birthday of the event of the American Cancer Society fighting the disease in our community. Is there a special celebration planned this year?
LaVonne: Yes, this year we have a huge birthday bash planned celebrating not only ACS but also each and every birthday for our cancer survivors. Expect a few surprises, after all, it is a birthday party.

Lori: There are some important awards given to doctors and volunteers who dedicate their time making a difference in the lives of those fighting cancer. Can you share with us the significance of these awards?
LaVonne: The Physician of the Year award is presented to a physician who displays exceptional dedication and exemplary service to cancer patients in our community, while continuing The American Cancer Society’s mission of finding a cure and improving the lives of those affected by cancer. This year, we are pleased to announce the 2013 recipient is Dr. Subhash Sheth of Jewish Cancer Care,  part of KentuckyOne Health. Tara Schapmire, PhD., University of Louisville School of Medicine will be honored with the prestigious C.A.R.E. Award for her tireless efforts and devotion to the care of cancer patients and cancer research.

Lori: Charities depend heavily on volunteers to help carry out their mission. Why did you choose the American Cancer Society?
LaVonne: I became passionate about joining the fight for a cure after losing my mother to cancer 6 years ago. No family should have to endure the pain and loss from this dreaded disease. The American Cancer Society’s tireless effort and dedication to eradicating cancer touched my heart. I knew this was an organization I wanted to join the fight with. For your readers, please visit cancer.org to learn more about ACS.

Lori: Are there still tickets available for the event? If so, what is the cost and where can they be purchased?
LaVonne: Yes, tickets are $250 for the full evening of festivities or $50 for the after party which includes dancing to The Louisville Crashers and specialty drink bars.  For tickets visit: eveningofhopelouisville.org