ACS Hope Gala: The Fight Takes Flight

The Museum of Flight hosts a very important event for breast cancer.

Dr. Mary-Claire King will deliver a keynote address at the third annual Seattle-area American Cancer Society’s Hope Gala Ball on Saturday, May 21. Dr. King will discuss the progressive research that is being conducted by scientists worldwide in order to better understand – and eventually find a cure for – breast cancer, a disease that affects 1 in 8 American women during their lifetime.

Dr. King’s speech will be supplemented by an auction of more than 250 items, the entire proceeds of which will go toward the American Cancer Society. Some of the items up for bidding this year include a three-week paid vacation to Australia; a one-week stay at a 4,000 sq. ft. condo in Puerto Vallerta; and a fighter pilot experience in Phoenix, A.Z. with G-force exercises and 8 air combat engagements. In the past two years, this gala has raised more than $500,000.

“The fact that this gala has come out of the gate strong during a challenging economy and continues to grow, only highlights the fact that worldwide, cancer is one of the greatest health fears,” said Gala Director Sally Bose.  “To have Dr. King speak about the discoveries and advancements she has made in cancer research is a great honor.  It’s research like hers that this gala and other initiatives by the ACS fund.”

The event is themed “The Fight Takes Flight,” and will be held at the Museum of Flight. Gala attendees will be seated in the museum’s Great Gallery, and will be entertained by hosts Jenni Hogan, KIRO-TV Morning Traffic Anchor, and Kevin Joyce, auctioneer, local performer and event producer.

“The Museum couldn’t be a more perfect venue to bring the theme to life,” said Bose, “and highlight the need for all of use to join forces to help continue to take fund raising to a new level to find a cure for this disease.

Tickets are $175 per individual and $245 per person corporate, and are on sale at the event’s official Web site.