By Sarah Kuper
The 38th annual Hope Gala benefiting the American Cancer Society is set for Aug. 18.
This year’s event will include elements of years past, such as dinner, dancing, remembering those who are fighting cancer and raising money for research and a cure.
Only at this year’s gala, bright colors and bold patterns will give the night a lively feel.
“The event theme is Palms and Pucci, which is sure to bring lots of color and bold patterns to this year’s event. We’re hoping for the guests to join us in that theme!” said Meredith Rodgers, community development manager for the South Region of the American Cancer Society.
The Hope Gala co-chairs are Lucy Parker and Robin Kidd. Both women have been hard at work planning and seeing a new side to the cause they champion.
“Just being around the Cancer Society offices and the Hope Lodge, seeing the patients drives home how important it is. It is more than just planning a party,” Parker said.
Parker was diagnosed with leukemia when she was 10 years old. At the time, she said she didn’t realize how serious it was.
“My parents did a great job shielding and protecting me. Being a mom now, I can’t imagine what they were going through,” Parker said.
Parker lives in Mountain Brook and is a mother to five children. She is especially passionate about the American Cancer Society’s Hope Lodge.
“It is a huge benefit to these patients who travel in from out of town. They provide transportation to and from treatment. I don’t know how some patients would do it without them,” Parker said.
This year’s honoree is Austin Brown, who passed away from brain cancer last year. The husband and father of two was in his 30’s and a Homewood resident.
Brown’s family will be a part of the gala to honor him.
During this year’s cocktail hour, attendees will peruse a wide variety of auctions.
Some highlights include a dove hunt to Argentina, two flights to anywhere in Europe and a piece of diamond jewelry.
To see a list of event sponsors, commit to a sponsorship or buy tickets, visit acsbirm.ejoinme.org.