Once again Marco Islanders opened their wallets to support a vital cause – The American Cancer Society. The Annual Hope Ball was a huge success! Thanks to the generosity of attendees and sponsors the goal of $50,000 was beaten by leaps and bounds. Funds raised at the Ball are targeted locally to support their R.O.C.K. programs designed for kids with cancer.
The Hope Ball was held on February 26th at Marco Island’s Historical Museum, and featured best-selling author Nicholas Sparks. Nicholas is most well known for “Dear John”, “The Notebook” and “Message in a Bottle” each adapted into movies. Among his many published titles is a personal and inspiring story “A Walk to Remember” about his sister who passed away cancer. Those seeing Sparks for the first time were surprised to meet a young man whose books emulate wisdom well beyond his years.
At the Ball that was beautifully catered by prize winning Cater Masters of Naples guests were able to bid on some extraordinary items including attending “Dancing With the Stars” with VIP tickets, airfare and accommodations; tickets for “American Idol”; airfare and five night accommodations for cooking lessons at Le Cordon Bleu in Paris; a guitar signed by Taylor Swift; and another guitar signed by The Boss himself – Bruce Springsteen. Wells Fargo underwrote the dessert and coffee bar, and the Collier County Fair Board also served as a sponsor.
Aside from the overriding objective of providing funds for the American Cancer Society, the Ball also furnished a night of entertainment, wonderful food and grand companionship.
Local board members are: Bill Dean, Don Henderson, Kari Wagner, Rick Medwedeff, Natalie Kirstein, Dr. Loan Lam, Raymond Jean and Dr. Joe Russ.