The successful and joyous “Celebration of Hope” gala on Oct 3rd once again showed that an energetic committee of volunteers with new and fresh ideas will almost always deliver a memorable evening for guests. Celebrating their 12th year of work, the Friends of Christiana Care’s Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute once again attracted hundreds to Wilmington Country Club on Oct. 3 for an elegant evening filled with music, dance, fine dining and more, helping raise $193,000 for the cancer treatment center. The gala’s proceeds benefit the Psychosocial Oncology & Survivorship Program, which provides counseling and other services to patients and families affected by cancer. The Freinds of the Helen F. Graham Cancer Center and Research Institute have raised $2.2 million since their inception.
Lois Galinat, current chair of The Friends, said being a part of the charity is important for many people in the greater Delaware community. “We’ve all had family and friends affected by cancer, either directly or indirectly, and we need to work together to support our loved ones who face this disease,” she said. Other event co-chairs included Diane du Pont, Amanda Friz, Karen Kimmel Legum and Elisa Komins Morris.