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American Cancer Society Hope Gala Sept. 22 at Louisville’s Omni Hotel to honor 10 Cure Champions


Hope will shine brightly in Louisville on Sept. 22 at the Omni Hotel as the American Cancer Society honors the 10 Cure Champions for their contributions to the community at its annual Hope Gala.

“Our Cure Champions are truly the stars of the evening,” said Gala Chairperson Kevin Wardell. “They shine a light on the good works going on the community.”

“The Hope Gala not only raises funds for the American Cancer Society’s vital mission; it also elevates the community as a whole,” echoed Jan Walther, American Cancer Society executive director. “The Cure Champions remind us all how we can do our part to be activists in the cause.”

The 2018 Cure Champions include:

• Alfonso Cornish of Louisville, chief learning officer at Norton Healthcare

• Diane Glaser-Kleier of Louisville, director, physician relations, at Norton Cancer Institute

• Sommer Johnson of Louisville, volunteer for the American Cancer Society

• Laura Mitchell of Louisville, oncology clinical nurse specialist at Baptist Health

• Gouverneur H. “Bo” Nixon, Jr. of Louisville, chairman emeritus at Norton Healthcare

• Rose Phillips of Louisville, volunteer leader for the American Cancer Society

• Dr. Beth Riley of Louisville, medical oncologist and deputy director of clinical affairs at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center

• Brian Schreck of Louisville, music therapist at Norton Cancer Institute

• Brenda Tuckson of Louisville, volunteer leader for the American Cancer Society

• Liz Wilson of Louisville, nurse navigator at UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center

WLKY’s Lauren Adams will co-host the evening with 106.9 Play’s Jordan Rivers from 6 to 11:30 p.m. in the Omni Hotel Commonwealth Ballroom. Festivities begin with a VIP Rooftop Cocktail Hour, a celebration of the Cure Champion honorees, a live auction, and a live performance from Louisville’s own Linkin’ Bridge.

This is the fourth year for the event, with this year’s Hope Gala goal to raise more than $100,000 to support cancer research, education, advocacy and patient services for The American Cancer Society.

A limited number of tickets and tables remain. Individual tickets are $150. For more information or to purchase, go to www.hopegalalouisville.org.

The 2018 Hope Gala sponsors include: Kindred Healthcare, Norton Cancer Institute, Craig & Landreth, UofL James Graham Brown Cancer Center, The DFH Company, Interlock Industries, BB&T, Baptist Health, Davis Jewelers and Harshaw Trane, and media partner, 106.9 Play.

From American Cancer Society


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