|A spirit of survival|
Guardian Lifestyles Reporter
Published: May 18, 2012
It’s an event to celebrate cancer survivors which means somber and dour aren’t welcome. And with performances by Visage and the Royal Bahamas Police Force and Defence Force Pop Bands, sitting down demurely at a table at the Cancer Society Gala Ball will definitely be a faux pas.
“This event is about getting up on your feet and being thankful for being alive,” said Gina Rolle, vice-chairman of the 11th Annual Cancer Society Ball. “So we want to see people come out and have double the fun knowing they are supporting a good cause.”
The ball will be held under the theme “Fiesta: The Spirit of Survival” and will be held at the Sheraton Nassau Beach Resort on Saturday, May 19 with cocktails at 7 p.m., and dinner at 8 p.m. Tickets for the black tie affair are $225.
“This event is about fun and beauty. We want to celebrate the people who have made it through cancer and let people come out and show their support.We want people to come out and dance the night away. Kick off their shoes, have fun, let loose and celebrate.”
Rolle said the ball is about embracing life and the spirit of survival. And has always been a fun affair, as opposed to the stodgy atmosphere that can prevail at some affairs.
“We like to focus on people’s enjoyment and not just talk and formality. We embrace life and the spirit of survival. The ball has always been a blast and this year will be fantastic.”
As in previous years there will be a fabulous array of prizes to be won — roundtrip tickets for two to Canada, Europe, the Caribbean, the United States and even trips to the Family Islands as well as jewelry, luggage and spa sessions. A silent auction will also be staged again this year. Items up for grabs include a conch shell dinner set, paintings and jewelry.
The ball will also provide an opportunity for families and friends to come together at a party like no other. The food she said would just be the icing on the cake with dishes that will entice the meat lover as well as the vegetarian and the health conscious.
“There will not be a boring moment and people will have fun from start to finish,” she said. “Although the event is about making the public more aware about cancer, there will not be a lot of speech making or formalities. It is hoped that people just have a good time and remember the event for the fun they have and not the long boring sermons. We want to celebrate the people who have made it through cancer and let people come out and show their support. This event is about getting up on your feet and being thankful for being alive.”
Funds raised from the event will go toward the Cancer Society’s Cancer Caring Center which assists Family Island patients with cancer who don’t have anywhere to stay while getting their cancer treatments in New Providence.
The Spirit of Survival
When: Saturday, May 19
Where: Sheraton Nassau Resort, Cable Beach
Time: Cocktails at 7 p.m. and dinner at 8 p.m.
Attire: Black Tie