Cedar Knolls, NJ (WiredPRNews.com) Hamilton Farm Golf Club in Gladstone, New Jersey, is the spectacular backdrop for this year’s Starry Night Gala benefitting the American Cancer Society. Now in its fourth year, the annual black tie event is being held on Saturday, June 4, at 6:00 PM.
The festivities will commence with an elegant cocktail reception followed by a world-class gourmet dinner, a live and silent auction, and an opportunity to win a luxury car at a hole-in-one challenge. There will be dancing, and live, musical entertainment throughout the evening, furnished by some of Broadway’s best and brightest talents, as well as entertainment by New Jersey’s favorite Oldies Group, “The Cameos.”
Well-known actor and SiriusXM Radio host Jay Thomas, will keep the fun in fundraising by serving as Master of Ceremonies for the evening, and two Captains of Industry – Mark E. Reagan, Chairman of Marsh Inc.’s Global Construction Practice, and James A. Buchanan, CEO/President of JBuchanan Associates, LLC, will be the evening’s honorees.
Both gentlemen are being recognized for their deep commitment to the fight against cancer, and the influential roles they play in their communities. As a heart transplant survivor and Trustee/Board Director of the New Jersey Sharing Network Foundation Charitable Trust, Mark Reagan is a survivor in the truest sense of the word, and continues to make organ transplants affordable and accessible to New Jersey residents in need.
“I have learned the importance of good health the hard way,” says Mr. Reagan, “and fully appreciate what it means to have a caring community like the American Cancer Society in my corner. Although my own brush with death was a heart transplant, I have been personally affected by cancer, and am deeply committed to giving back and joining in the fight to eradicate this dreaded disease. Today I live my life by an old Arab proverb: ‘Throw your heart out ahead of you, then run ahead to catch it.’”
James Buchanan’s precious, 11-year old daughter Lindsay, lost her 7-year battle to neuroblastoma in 2002. Since that time, Jim has been committed to celebrating his daughter’s life by giving back to the cancer community through his involvement in fundraising and awareness-raising activities, and trying to make a positive difference in the fight against cancer every day, including his participation in the 2003 Lance Armstrong Cycle of Hope.
“If we lose our parents we become an orphan, our spouse, a widow or widower,” says Mr. Buchanan. “There is no word to describe a parent who loses a child. It’s just too painful.”
The Starry Night Gala has become one of the most highly-anticipated social events of the year. In 2010 the Gala raised close to $200,000, with all proceeds going directly to support the American Cancer Society’s mission of eliminating cancer as a major health concern.
Individual tickets to this year’s event start at $500, and Starry Night Chairperson Barbara Ann Sellinger is optimistic that corporations, sponsors and individuals will prove even more generous than last year. Sponsorship continues to grow, with some current sponsors including: Atlantic Health; The Summit Medical Group; New Jersey Life Health + Beauty Magazine; Jack Daniels Motors; and Creative Color Lithographers.
“Through my work with the Starry Night Gala,” Mrs. Sellinger said, “I have learned that we are all connected to the fight against cancer and survivorship in some way. The Gala highlights the importance of the American Cancer Society, and its vital meaning to millions of people involved in the fight against cancer, and underscores what the organization really means when it calls itself ‘The official sponsor of birthdays.’ Starry Night is an opportunity to help others in every way that we can.”
This year’s Starry Night Gala also holds the distinction of falling on the eve of the 24th Annual National Cancer Survivors Day, which occurs on Sunday, June 5. Today, the hopeful side of cancer has never been more hopeful. Most people survive the disease – more than 11 million survivors live in the United States alone. And new and better treatments are a surety. At the core of this intrinsic change has been the American Cancer Society.
To purchase tickets or find out more about the Starry Night Gala, contact: Nancy Marino, Director of Distinguished Events, American Cancer Society T. (973) 285-8039, [email protected]
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force of more than three million volunteers, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well by preventing cancer or detecting it early; helping people get well by being there for them during and after a cancer diagnosis; by finding cures through investment in groundbreaking discovery; and by fighting back by rallying lawmakers to pass laws to defeat cancer and by rallying communities worldwide to join the fight. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, contributing about $3.4 billion, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. 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. To learn more about us or to get help, call us any time, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.