The American Cancer Society’s Second Annual “Legacy of Hope” Gala, “Imagine…An Evening in Paris,” was held on Sunday, August 8 at the Robinson Ranch Golf Club.
The event was held to pay tribute to people who epitomize the spirit and mission of the American Cancer Society.
Recipients of the prestigious ACS Legacy of Hope award were Carl Goldman and Jeri Seratti Goldman of KHTS AM-1220, for “Leadership in Community Awareness,” Cheri and Don Fleming of Valencia Acura, honored for “Leadership in Mission Support,” and Roger Seaver, Chief Executive Officer of Henry Mayo Newhall Memorial Hospital, lauded for “Leadership in Health Care.”
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Festivities at the City-of-Lights-themed soiree included: sumptuous cuisine, live music, Can-Can dancers, and silent and live auctions.
The American Cancer Society is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem. It is the largest not-for-profit funding source for cancer research and has invested some $3 billion in research since its 1946 launch, funding the early research of 44 Nobel Prize winners.
“The honorees are outstanding leaders of the Santa Clarita Valley who are also passionately committed to the fight against cancer,” said Candy Spahr, event chair and ACS SCV Unit president.
“Our awardee selection panel took a close look at how honorees have worked in their own way to meet and support the mission of the American Cancer Society and its 2015 goals. In doing so, we unanimously agreed that these five people deserve that esteemed recognition,” Spahr noted.
Those ACS goals include:
• Dedication to eliminating cancer as a major health problem by preventing cancer, saving lives, and diminishing suffering from cancer through research, education, advocacy and service.
• Reducing cancer incidence by 25 percent
• Reducing cancer mortality by 50 percent
• Improving the quality of life of cancer patients and their families.
This year approximately 133,955 Californians will receive a cancer diagnosis – and more than 54,655 Californians will lose their battle against the disease.
The American Cancer Society is committed to radically changing those devastating odds and saving lives, Spahr emphasized.
"The American Cancer Society turns what it knows about cancer into what they do, and as a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will be celebrating birthdays this year,” Spahr said. “We could not do that without research and we cannot do research without support.”