American Cancer Society Hosts First Statewide Virtual Gala Event

American Cancer Society Better Together Virtual Gala

The American Cancer Society in Tennessee will host a first of its kind gala event – Better Together – on November 19, 2020 beginning at 7:30 p.m. EST / 6:30 p.m. CST. The virtual event brings together corporate and community leaders, along with American Cancer Society supporters from across the state for an evening of entertainment, mission stories, an exclusive auction, and special guests to raise money to support the American Cancer Society’s mission.

The event, hosted by 2018 Miss Tennessee Christine Williamson, will feature mission stories from Nashville, Memphis, Chattanooga, and Knoxville, along with entertainment from Nashville artist Mitchell Tenpenny. The event will also feature a special appearance by Nashville artist Maggie Rose and a song inspired by the events of 2020. An exclusive auction is also available online and open for bidding now at: acstennesseestatewidegala.com.

Bidders will be delighted to find fine jewelry, experience packages, sports memorabilia and more.

“Cancer hasn’t stopped for COVID-19, so neither can we,” said Lindsey Langley, the American Cancer Society’s executive director in Tennessee. “The reality is that cancer patients cannot wait for a more convenient time. They are facing unprecedented challenges when it comes to treatment, support and services. In fact, a recent ACS study showed that 79% of cancer patients in active treatment report delays in care due to the pandemic. They are counting on ACS to continue its important work and ACS is counting on us to fuel that work.”

The Better Together virtual gala event will support the American Cancer Society’s investment in cancer research and support the Hope Lodge patient communities in Memphis and Nashville. The American Cancer Society has more than $417 million currently invested in research grants across the country, including funding 18 multi-year research grants at Tennessee institutions. Hope Lodge communities provide a home away from home for cancer patients who travel for treatment. Last year, through Hope Lodge and community lodging partners, the American Cancer Society provided more than 9,500 nights of free or reduced rate lodging to cancer patients.

This work is all made possible by generous donations from individuals and corporations but is in jeopardy due to the pandemic. Because of funding challenges, the Society is at risk of cutting cancer research funding by 50 percent this year – representing its lowest investment in this century. Help sustain the momentum against cancer by registering free today to view the event at acstennesseestatewidegala.com.

Major event sponsors include Caesar’s Entertainment, Salesforce, Baptist Cancer Center, Bridgestone, and Kroger Health.

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About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 29 percent decline in the cancer death rate in the U.S. since 1991, driven by less smoking, better treatments, and earlier detection. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, call us anytime, day or night, at (800) 227-2345 or visit cancer.org.


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