When the pandemic ended many needed services and programs, Cancer Support Community North Texas’ (CSCNT) clubhouses in Dallas, Collin and Tarrant counties had to transition to digital support for cancer patients and their families. But on Monday, August 2, the plan calls for the clubhouses with their “warm, welcoming and home-like space” to open their doors for in-person programming and support groups.
To celebrate the return of these much needed clubhouses and services, 2019 Red Tie Gala Co-Chairs Laura and Doug Wheat and Susan and Scott Salka are returning to co-chair this year’s fundraiser with the theme “Dance The Night Away” on Friday, October 15, at The Empire Room.
In addition to having live music with professional dance demonstrations, an open bar, tapas, both live and silent auctions and a raffle, the evening will honor The Mary Kay Foundation for its continued support of CSCNT and its “decades-long commitment to finding cures for cancers affecting women through funding cancer research, awareness initiatives, community outreach programs and advocacy for legislation to ensure women are healthy and safe.”
Established in 1996, the Foundation was the result of the impact of cancer upon the late Mary Kay Ash’s family starting with the death of her husband Mel Ash to lung cancer in 1980. Over the years Mary Kay and her colleagues “began raising funds for cancer research.” Today the Foundation, in addition to its continued support of cancer research for cancers affecting women, is also committed to preventing violence against women.
Serving as event ambassadors will be Mary Kay’s great-granddaughter Jessica Bair Williams, Texas Health Resources Founding CEO/CSCNT “Thrive” recipient Doug Hawthorne and CSCNT Board Member/Chief Scientific Officer Lucy Gildea, Ph.D.
According to CSCNT CEO Mirchelle Louis, “This past year during the pandemic, we saw more than ever that cancer support – virtual and in person – is the critical, missing link in cancer care. We are thrilled to celebrate what CSCNT provides thousands of people every year at this memorable, all-in-red event and dance the night away with survivors and thrivers!”
Sponsors already on board include AMN Healthcare Services, Rosemary Haggar Vaughn Family Foundation, Grant Thornton, Locke Lord, Amegy Bank, Jordan Kahn Music Company and Vow to Dance Studio.
Tickets starting at $200 and sponsorships ranging from $1,000 to $50,000 are available here.