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Dream Makers Gala To Benefit Cancer Research At The Westin Diplomat Resort And Spa

The Can’t Stomach Cancer foundation will host the third annual Dream Makers Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2012 at the Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood, Florida.

Stomach cancer is the second most prevalently fatal cancer worldwide, and one of the top cancer killers in the United States. Unfortunately, per cancer death, stomach cancer gets the least federal funding of any type of cancer. Doctors believe that in the face of America’s growing obesity epidemic, stomach cancer may be on the rise.

Photo Credit: Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa

Co-Chairs Susie Alvarez Cope, Jason Chalik, and Ani Solarana hope to exceed the $180 thousand raised at last year’s Gala. “We are thrilled to have already secured several sponsorships, but we are looking for more to help us make this event a huge success. The money we raise at this event will go toward funding much needed stomach cancer research,” said Jason Chalik.

“Expect the Unexpected” is the evening’s theme. The event will begin with cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, and silent auctions followed by dinner, dancing, fabulous live auctions, and award presentations. Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment Reporter at CBS4, will be the guest speaker. Award recipients being honored at this year’s Gala for their dedication and commitment to CSC’s mission include Michael A. Choti, MD, from Sidney Kimmel Comprehensive Cancer Center at Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine; Mary Lynn Swartz, former CEO of Westside Regional Medical Center; Jennifer Kapp, CSC Board of Directors; and Meredith Clements, Society Scene Editor of the Sun-Sentinel.

Dr. Oz and Debbie Zelman (Photo Credit: www.cantstomachcancer.org)

Can’t Stomach Cancer: The Foundation of Debbie’s Dream was founded by Debbie Zelman, a Davie resident who was diagnosed in April 2008 with Stage IV advanced, incurable stomach cancer. At that time she was forty years old, married to a physician, the mother of three young children and owned her own law firm.

She quickly learned that there were relatively few treatment options available for this disease. Debbie was told her chances of being alive in five years were less than five percent.

Sponsors for this year’s Gala include Proskauer, Equity One, The Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa, HCA Broward Hospitals, Sheridan Healthcare, Newport Beachside Hotel & Resort and Lifestyle Publications.

Photo Credit: www.cantstomachcancer.org

WHEN: Saturday, April 21, 2012


Westin Diplomat Resort & Spa
3555 South Ocean Drive
Hollywood, FL 33019
Ph. 954-602-6000

TICKETS: Tickets for the Gala are $175 per person, and sponsorships range in price from $600 to $25,000.  To become a sponsor or to purchase tickets, please call 954-475-1200 or email Events@CantStomachCancer.org.

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