Posted on 01/15/2016

January 15, 2016 | Valdosta, GA – The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia will host its second annual Night for Hope fundraising gala on Thursday, March 24, 2016 in the Valdosta State University Student Union Ballroom.

The 2016 gala proudly honors local cancer survivor Dr. Ronald M. Zaccari. The elegant, formal celebration includes a plated dinner, live and silent auctions, and live musical entertainment.

The community is invited to support the local fight against cancer by attending the event, by sponsoring the event, or providing auction items. You also may place a memorial/honorarium for a loved one or a business ad in the program booklet. Different from national cancer organizations, every penny donated to the Cancer Coalition stays here to help our community.

As President of Valdosta State University in 2002-2008, Dr. Zaccari dramatically increased enrollment and new campus facilities while strengthening academic programs and community partnerships. In “retirement”, he leads community/regional relations for Guardian Bank and also is a highly respected strategic planning consultant. Beyond his professional roles, Dr. Zaccari has been an enthusiastic advocate for the Valdosta community from the moment he came here. He and his wife Nancy celebrated 50 years together last year, have two adult sons, and continue to reside here.

When faced with cancer in 2015, Dr. Zaccari turned to his other passion – art. An accomplished artist, he draws hope and healing from his visual and written creations. Dr. Zaccari is grateful for the Cancer Coalition’s local work because he knows how often cancer affects families in our community. With the community’s support, the Cancer Coalition will honor Dr. Zaccari – and all local families touched by cancer – by continuing its health navigation and cancer screenings, education, community research, and support for local survivors.

Cancer Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher said, “We are excited to honor Dr. Zaccari and to have him share his story and his passion for the Cancer Coalition. With the community’s support, we hope to exceed our fundraising goals so we may continue our local, lifesaving work against cancer.”

Fletcher stated, “We are grateful to our corporate partners Keystone Foods/Equity Group, MillerCoors, Southeastern Federal Credit Union, DOCO Credit Union and Georgia Power and to the event’s first sponsor: Georgia CEO.”

Cancer Coalition officials are seeking additional business and family sponsorships, business advertisements or memorial/honorariums as well as auction donations. For more information about sponsorship, program ad purchase or to buy tickets, please contact Doris Pierce-Hardy at [email protected] or 229-809-6882, call the main office at 229-312-1700 or visit the Cancer Coalition online at

To learn more about the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s work, please visit

The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia exists to prevent cancer and increase survival among the people of South Georgia through community-based services, education, research and outreach.
100% of funds and services remain in our 32-county region.
We are “Fighting Cancer … Right Here. Right Now.”

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