Celebration of Life Gala- 2014 March 8, 2014
The International Prostate Cancer Foundation's 2nd Celebration of Life Gala was a great success! From the Silent Auction to the energetic rhythm experience, the night was electric.
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The theme was to celebrate the lives of the advocates and survivors of this formidable disease. More than 300 guests, dignitaries, advocates and prostate cancer survivors were there to support the cause and to help raise money towards our efforts to fund research, education and screenings.
With IPCF turning 3 years old, Dr. Vipul Patel's dream is growing with each day. From spear-heading a change.org petition which tries to reinstate PSA testing to our partnerships with advocates such as NBA All-Star great Oscar Robertson, Philanthropist Tony Nicholson and Senator Nikki Setzler, prostate cancer awareness is spreading throughout the nation. Recently, many high profile men have gone public with their prostate cancer experiences, and with foundations such as ours the movement will only grow
IPCF prides itself on our education programs. To date we have sponsored multiple education forums, formed a partnership with the Global Robotics Institute to create BluePrint - a survivorship program, and joined forces with Sanford-Burnham to develop better testing for prostate cancer detection. To read more in-depth on the all the programs and initiatives IPCF sponsors. Visit our Blog.
With patient education as a primary goal, our 2nd Celebration of Life Gala wouldn't be complete without our complimentary education symposium. Covering such topics as: Family History - What the Next Generation nNeeds to Know, and Overall Men's Lifestyle and Health Longevity, our commitment to educating patients and survivors is unparalleled.
Held at the Lowe's Portofino Bay Hotel the evening of Saturday, March 8, 2014 began with mingling during the Silent Auction Viewing. Such items up for this great cause were: Golf outings and a trip to Abu Dhabi, as well as Autographed sports, music and entertainment memorabilia from some of the greats, just
to name a few. Our Guests and Donors were extremely gracious leading us to raise funds beyond our expectations! What a success! We couldn’t have done it without the support of the community- and we thank all of those involved with the auction. All of your efforts will help us fulfill our mission.
The evening opened in a dramatic fashion, with a performance by The Celebration Gospel Choir ushering guests into the ballroom. Later the celebration continued with a tribute dance by The Orlando Ballet and the mood was elevated by Rhythm Experience. Drums, boxes, and trash cans are just a few of the inventive items used as percussion instruments to excite the crowd. A special thanks goes to these entertainers for sharing their culture and talents with us.
Not to be forgotten, are the esteemed Board Members, Advocates and Cancer Survivors who spoke on behalf of the International Prostate Cancer Foundation. Inviting guests to Join the Fight, and help us create awareness, start new research, and spread education about the fight against prostate cancer. Also on this list are all the tireless vendors, service providers, and partners who helped make this night possible. From the linens and floral to the stationery and the amazing food, a host of individuals came together to make this year's Gala a huge success!
MARCH 9 -11, 2012 Inaugural Celebration of Life Gala
The International Prostate Cancer Foundation enjoys successful launch.
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The theme was the celebration of life and the atmosphere was celebratory at the inaugural International Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala Weekend. More than 300 guests, dignitaries and prostate cancer survivors were there to "give prostate cancer the finger".
Dr. Vipul Patel's dream of creating a prostate cancer foundation that will promote research, educate men and encourage prostate screening was realized this year at the inaugural International Prostate Cancer Foundation Gala Weekend.
With support coming from an experienced board of directors and a team of volunteers, the Foundation has already reached millions of people thanks to Oscar Robertson's willingness to go public with his own battle with prostate cancer. He is the Foundation's All Star survivor.
The Weekend began Friday March 9, 2012, at The Waldorf Astoria Bonnet Creek Resort, with a Board Meeting, where all the members were made official ambassadors for the Foundation. A meet and greet cocktail reception followed the meeting, where board members and Dr. Patel's team could get better acquainted.
The morning of Saturday, March 10, 2012 the Foundation hosted an Education Symposium. Patients and supporters alike attended to learn more about Prostate Cancer Facts, Advances in Screening and Genetic Research, and Life after a Prostatectomy - just to name a few. With such talented and educated advocates in attendance, this was a must attend event for anyone who has been affected by Prostate Cancer.
The Evening of Saturday, March 10, 2012 was the official Foundation Launch Gala Event. Attended by hundreds from around the world, the Gala marked the first step in Dr. Patel's effort to help save lives through this educational effort, while also putting an emphasis on genetic research. We were lucky enough to have Bob Frier from Fox 35 News emcee the event. (pictured above)
The Evening Opened with a performance by The Celebration Gospel Choir (pictured above) and continued the celebration in honor of our diverse supporters with dancing from around the world. Much Thanks goes to Orlando Bollywood, Tam Tam Congo, DeSamba!, and Alborea Flamenco Dancers for sharing their culture and talents during the evening. (pictured below: Tam Tam Congo). The evening's entertainment closed with a tribute dance to honor those who have lost the fight with Prostate Cancer. This interpretive dance was performed beautifully by Chiaki Yasukawa and Daniel Benavides. (pictured below)
The Celebration of Life continued with many of our esteemed Board Members and Cancer Survivors speaking on behalf of the foundation, and why it is so important to join the fight, and create awareness, research and education about prostate cancer. Please considering attending our next Gala, and join us in the fight against prostate cancer.
On a quick side note, we want to give a special thanks to Lisa Stoner of E-Events, Amy Morelli of 2u Creative, and Jane McLean of The Waldorf Astoria for working closely with Dr. Patel and our Board members for many months to create such an amazing event. (pictured above: Board Member Kenneth Palmer, Amy Morelli of 2u Creative, Dr. Vipul Patel, and Lisa Stoner of E-Events.
Benefiting the International Prostate Cancer Foundation and the Florida Hospital Prostate Cancer Program.