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The Rolla Daily News - Rolla, MO
  • Donation kicks off Cancer Gala fundraising

  • Kent Bagnall of Kent Jewelry, recently presented a check for $500 to the 28th Annual Cancer Gala committee.
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  • Kent Bagnall of Kent Jewelry, recently presented a check for $500 to the 28th Annual Cancer Gala committee.
    Bagnall matched customer donations during the month of October, National Breast Cancer Month. Bagnall’s donation will be added to the gala proceeds to support  local cancer patients, their families and research through the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund and the Delbert Day Cancer Institute. Both funds are under the umbrella of the not-for-profit Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation.
    The check was donated by Bagnall as a kick-off to the gala which is held once a year in February. The 28th Annual Cancer Gala will be held on Saturday, February 9 at the S&T Havener Center. The theme will be Arabian Nights.
    Bagnall has been a long time supporter of the gala creating exclusive jewelry and making donations to the event.
    “Kent is always there for us,” said Dr. Janece Martin, a longtime committee member. “He has supported our event year after year.”
    The cancer gala, a glitzy affair with complimentary champagne, a seated dinner, a dessert buffet and music for dancing, raised nearly $65,000 last year with 410 attendees. “We may have to close reservations and turn guests away again this time,” said Martin. “So, hopefully folks will be sure and respond with their reservations as early as possible. We simply run out of room for this event.”
    Proceeds from the annual gala are donated to the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund and the Delbert Day Cancer Institute to support local residents battling cancer.
    For more information about the 28th Annual cancer Gala contact Lonna Sowers at (573) 364-8600 or Martin at (573) 364-4352.
    The Joy of Caring Cancer Fund was founded by Renee Joy Heavin while battling breast cancer. Although Heavin lost her battle with cancer, the fund continues to help area patients undergoing cancer treatment. Some patients need assistance with everyday essentials that are out of financial reach. Those needs might include gas cards, help with utility bills, groceries, wigs or nutritional supplements.
    The Delbert Day Cancer Institute was founded in January 2011 by Ted and Kim Day in honor of Ted’s dad Delbert to offer the same quality of care as other, larger cancer institutions. The facility provides clinical trials and utilizes a multispecialty team approach to coordinate the best treatment options.
    The full scope program includes cancer committee leadership, cancer data management, clinical services, research, community outreach and quality improvement services. Area patients do not have to travel long distances for services that were previously not available.
    “The idea that we are keeping our funds local to help area residents and neighbors seems to resonate well with most of our sponsors,” Martin said. “We have been so fortunate to have businesses and individuals support our event every year. Cancer touches all of us and we’re determined to continue the fight.”
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