Moffitt Cancer Center’s Magnolia Ball Announces Rob Thomas as Evening Entertainment

January 12, 2017

TAMPA, Fla. – Rob Thomas, frontman and primary composer for Matchbox Twenty, will perform at Moffitt Cancer Center’s 24th Annual Magnolia Ball on Saturday, May 20, at the Tampa Marriott Waterside Hotel & Marina, 700 S. Florida Ave.

Frank and Christina Capitano will chair the event. Frank Capitano joined the Moffitt Medical Group (MMG) Board of Directors in February 2015. The MMG Board oversees operations of the medical practice of the physicians and medical professionals who provide clinical research services to Moffitt. Capitano is also vice chair of the Facilities Committee.

The Capitano family has been a part of the Radiant Oil Company of Tampa since 1931. Through three generations, the family has been a dedicated partner in the community. 

“I am excited to chair the Moffitt Magnolia Ball alongside my wife, Christina, because we feel that the institution gives so much to our community and its patients. This is our way of giving back and recognizing that Moffitt is a staple facility in our backyard and beyond,” said Capitano. 

Capitano was honored in Tampa Bay Business Journal’s inaugural Outstanding Directors award in November 2015 for his work as chairman of the board of the Pediatric Cancer Foundation. 

“Having Frank and Christina Capitano chair our signature event speaks to their commitment to our community and to the thousands of patients who seek care at Moffitt,” said Dr. Alan List, president and CEO of Moffitt. “The Capitanos are deeply devoted to making a difference in the fight against cancer, and through their leadership and innovative ideas, we can count on this being an unforgettable event.”

The 2016 Magnolia Ball raised $2.5 million and included a breast cancer patient testimonial from Rebecca Wolf, as well as live entertainment from the Goo Goo Dolls.

Since the event’s inception, over $35 million has been raised. Funds from the 2016 event were used to help further support of patient care, research and education efforts.

Donations from the Magnolia Ball also fund the Magnolia Lodging Program, which provides housing for patients who need to be close to Moffitt during their treatment.

For more information, please call the Moffitt Cancer Center Foundation at 813-745-3298 or visit Moffitt.org/MagnoliaBall.

Event photos (2016) available upon request.

About Moffitt Cancer Center
Moffitt is dedicated to one lifesaving mission: to contribute to the prevention and cure of cancer. The Tampa-based facility is one of only 47 National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Centers, a distinction that recognizes Moffitt’s excellence in research, clinical trials, prevention and cancer control. Moffitt is the No. 6 cancer hospital in the nation and has been listed in U.S. News & World Report as one of the “Best Hospitals” for cancer care since 1999. Moffitt devotes more than 2.5 million square feet to research and patient care. Moffitt’s expert nursing staff is recognized by the American Nurses Credentialing Center with Magnet® status, its highest distinction. With more than 5,200 team members, Moffitt has an economic impact in the state of $2.1 billion. For more information, call 1-888-MOFFITT (1-888-663-3488), visit MOFFITT.org, and follow the momentum on Facebook, Twitter and YouTube

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