More than 600 guests, including corporate sponsors, business leaders, philanthropic leaders and underwriters, attended the Hope Gala at the Shops at Canal Place on August 18. Event chairs Clark Castle and Ron Forman made sure every guest could enjoy the night and celebrate survivors, as well as help raise money for cancer research. The patron party started at 6:30 p.m. with the gala following at 8 p.m. Popular local band The Bucktown All-Stars played at the event, and guests participated in exciting silent and live auctions.

The 2012 Spirit Award Honorees were: Dr. Nagarajan Chandrasekaran, Dr. Sean M. Collins, Dr. Gregory Henkelmann, Dr. Julie Kanter-Washko, Dr. Craig Lotterman, Dr. Matthew McElveen, Dr. Jamie Morales, Barbara Servat RN OCN and Dr. William Wells.

The American Cancer Society aims to save lives and create more birthdays by helping people to stay well and get well, find cures and fight back against a disease that has taken too much from us all.

Event at a Glance
What:  “Hope Gala,” benefiting the American Cancer Society
When: Saturday, August 18
Where: The Shops at Canal Place