Tampa, FL (Jan. 30, 2007) – The H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute Magnolia Ball is known for its sensational live performances by top recording artists, and the black-tie gala has raised a record amount for important programs at Moffitt. Now, in its 14th year, the Magnolia Ball will feature the rock ‘n roll smash hits of Huey Lewis & the News, patient testimonials and unbelievable live and silent auctions items: all in an effort to eradicate cancer.
The Magnolia Ball will be held on May 5, at the A La Carte Event Pavilion. Proceeds will enhance Moffitt’s patient care, research and education programs. Furthermore, they will benefit the Magnolia Lodging Program. This program lessens the intense emotional and financial burdens that cancer patients often experience, by offering them and their families a comfortable place to live while they are undergoing lengthy treatments at Moffitt – regardless of their ability to pay.
Event honorary chairs will be philanthropists Les and Pam Muma. At the 2006 Ball, the Mumas challenged the audience to match their generous $250,000 gift. The audience showed overwhelming support by surpassing the match and helping to raise $1.6 million—the most a black-tie gala in the Bay area has raised.
“Scientist and physicians work tirelessly every day to end cancer,” Les and Pam Muma said. “However, the battle remains one that we, the community, must fight together, which is why we are proud to serve as the honorary chairs of this event.”
Joining the Mumas as event chairs will be community business leaders Jim and Celia Ferman of Ferman Motor Car Company. The Fermans have supported Moffitt Cancer Center since its doors opened in 1986.
As always, the Magnolia Ball invites the entertainment of popular bands. Best known for their infectious yuppie anthems in the mid-1980s, Huey Lewis & the News gave voice to a generation that was both hard working and ready for fun. The group’s albums have gone multi-platinum, releasing hits like “I Want a New Drug,” “The Heart of Rock and Roll” and “Hip to Be Square.” In 1996 the band released “Time Flies: The Best of Huey Lewis & the News.”
Individual tickets for the Magnolia Ball start at $1,000 and sponsorships begin at $7,500. Also, new event underwriting opportunities are available. Visit the Magnolia Ball Web site at www.MagnoliaBall.com. ###
About H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute
Located in Tampa, Florida on the University of South Florida campus, H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center & Research Institute (www.moffitt.org) is the only Florida-based cancer center with the NCI designation as a Comprehensive Cancer Center for its excellence in research and contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt currently has 15 affiliates in the state of Florida, one in Georgia and two in Puerto Rico. Additionally, Moffitt is a member of the National Comprehensive Cancer Network, a prestigious alliance of the country’s leading cancer centers, and is listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of America’s Best Hospitals for cancer. Moffitt’s sole mission is to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer.