The annual Cocktails Curing Cancer party Sept. 28 at the Big Fish Grill in Ocean View met the goal of raising $10,000 for Beebe Healthcare's proposed cancer center in Millville.
The event brought together guests who enjoyed appetizers, cocktails, auctions, live music by The Stims, a photo area and a special message/memory board. Guests donned ribbons that represented the type of cancer they have been touched by, either directly or through a friend or loved one.
Major sponsors included Heather's Homeworks and Steen's Beach Service.
"The board of Cocktails Curing Cancer was proud to present a check for $10,000 to Beebe Healthcare's Tunnell Cancer Center. To date, Cocktails Curing Cancer has donated over $17,000 to this amazing organization. Their staff dedicates their lives to the mission we drive, which is supporting those battling cancer and providing support to their caregivers. We are grateful that our Board Member Eternal Nancy Hoeflich was able to join us for the check presentation before her passing. She was passionate about fighting cancer and played a critical role in raising funds," said Lisa Condon, board president, Cocktails Curing Cancer.
The event originated in Vermont in 2008 as a nonprofit whose mission is to help fight against cancer, one cocktail at a time. When Condon moved to Delaware several years ago, she was moved by the mission of Beebe Healthcare's Tunnell Cancer Center to find a cure, as well as to provide hope for patients, families and caregivers. Having lost her own mother to lung cancer in 2007 and her father to mesothelioma in 2013, Condon has said she's passionate about the cause. Although the event is, at first glance, a cocktail party, it's also a time of support for people who have been impacted by all types of cancer.
"Beebe is so grateful to the local board of Cocktails Curing Cancer for choosing to support our local not-for-profit cancer center," said Thomas J. Protack, vice president of development for Beebe Medical Foundation. "The excitement is growing in the Millville and Bethany areas as Beebe plans to build both an emergency department and cancer center. Our partnership with Lisa and her great team of volunteers continues to raise both awareness and needed funds to meet the demands of the continued growth in the south coastal region of Sussex County. Beebe is creating the next century of care, and we are looking forward to partnering with local organizations to help us raise the funds for this historic building and services expansion plan."
For more information about Cocktails Curing Cancer, go to www.cocktailscuringcancer.com. For more information about how organizations can choose Beebe's Tunnell Cancer Center as an event beneficiary, call 302-644-2900 or go to www.beebemedicalfoundation.org.