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More than 475 “stars” attended the 54th annual Picnic Under the Stars gala at Phoenix Country Club on April 25
to support the American Cancer Society. The fundraising event raised more than $400,000, which will fund
cancer research, education and outreach, and quality-of-life programs and services in Arizona.
The Hollywood-themed evening included a silent auction with an array of items named after great motion pictures, for instance, “An American in Paris,” which included a custom gown, earrings and necklace set.
Trays of custom martinis and hors d’oeuvres were offered to guests as they arrived, and Michael Bublé tribute act Scott Keo provided the entertainment at the beginning of the evening.
There was not a dry eye in the room as gala co-chairs Lisa Lutich and Courtney Bannard welcomed attendees and explained why the American Cancer Society was so important to them. Rhonda Forsyth, president of HonorHealth, was recognized for her contributions to the fight against cancer in the community. As a cancer survivor, Forsyth inspires others as living proof that the American Cancer Society is saving lives.
“Auctiontainer” Letitia Frye led the live auction as guests dined on a multi-course steak-house themed meal. The evening’s paddle raise garnered donations to support the American Cancer Society’s free programs and services available to cancer patients in Arizona.
Sponsors included Banner MD Anderson Cancer Center, Sonora Quest Laboratories, HonorHealth, Casino Arizona and Talking Stick Resort, MomDoc, Dignity Health, Arizona Center for Cancer Care, Dr. Ingrid Haas and Mr. Charlie Van Dyke, and United Blood Services.