The eighth annual James Bond Gala, “For Your Cure Only,” will be held Feb. 23 at The Club in Birmingham.
The event is put on by ROAR (Radiation Oncology Accelerated Research), a nonprofit composed of women whose goal is to raise funds for cancer research programs for the department of radiation oncology at the University of Alabama at Birmingham.
Organizers announced this month that the 2019 Gala Honoree is Tony Petelos, county manager of Jefferson County. Petelos was mayor of Hoover from 2004 until 2011, represented District 49 in the Alabama House of Representatives for three terms and was director of the Alabama Department of Human Resources under two governors.
Petelos was diagnosed with bladder cancer in 2014. After an 18-month battle that included multiple complications, chemotherapy and three major surgeries, he finally was declared cancer-free.
“I was fortunate to live a few miles from UAB and a team of specialists who worked together relentlessly to resolve my medical issues and bring me back to health,” Petelos wrote in a blog on AL.com. “These UAB doctors were life-savers for me.”
The event will feature live and silent auctions. Tickets are $250 each. To buy tickets or make a donation, visit roar2019.givesmart.com.