Saturday, Oct. 22, 5:30 p.m., Duke Energy Center
Mercy Health Cincinnati will host a celebration of life in the face of cancer with its eighth annual Black & White Cancer Survivors’ Gala.
The black-tie gala began as an intimate celebration by a small group of friends who’d survived cancer. This year, organizers expect more than 1,500 to attend.
The gala opens with a reception at 5:30 p.m. followed by dinner and dancing from 7 p.m. to midnight.
Guests are encouraged to dress in black and/or white.
Proceeds benefit the Cancer Support Community and other organizations, including the American Cancer Society, which has a hotline that puts cancer patients in touch with survivors (1-800-ACS-2345).
“With regular screenings, early detection and advances in cancer care, there’s hope for everyone who receives a cancer diagnosis. Cancer is not a death sentence and the Black & White Gala proves it as we welcome more and more survivors each year and honor them and the organizations that support cancer patients,” said Dr. Keith Melvin, Mercy Health Physician and co-founder of the non-profit Black and White Cancer Survivors Foundation, which hosts the gala.
Radio personality Lincoln Ware serves as the evening’s master of ceremonies and local DJ, event planner and the foundation co-founder Bill Mabrey shares co-hosting duties with Dr. Melvin. Tickets: $60, advance sales only, available through Oct. 16, at Mercy-Health Avondale Internal Medicine (where Dr. Melvin practices), 2132 Dana Ave., Suite 400, or online.