TAMPA, Fla. — The 22nd-annual Magnolia Ball on April 18 raised more than $3 million for patient care, research and education at Moffitt Cancer Center. Contributions also benefit the Magnolia Lodging Program, which provides accommodations for patients and families who need to be close to Moffitt during treatment.
Approximately 800 guests attended the ball at A La Carte Event Pavilion. Coach Don Shula and wife Mary Anne, who have helped Moffitt establish The Shula Fund to support breast cancer research, served as honorary chairs of the gala. Sandi and Chris Sullivan were the event chairs.
The uplifting evening also included a testimonial from a stage 4 melanoma survivor, as well as a generous challenge gift by Carol and Frank Morsani. The evening concluded with a performance by Earth, Wind & Fire, who have sold more than 100 million records.
About Moffitt Cancer Center
Located in Tampa, Moffitt is one of only 41 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, its contributions to clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the top-ranked cancer hospital in the Southeast and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. With more than 4,500 employees, Moffitt has an economic impact in Florida of nearly $1.6 billion. For more information, visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the Moffitt momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube.