Posted on 03/19/2015

March 19, 2015 | Albany, GA – The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s second-annual fundraising gala raised more than $33,000 to fight cancer locally. “Every dollar donated to the Cancer Coalition helps to support our work right here,” said Coalition CEO Diane Fletcher. The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia provides cancer related services, education, research and outreach exclusively in our area’s communities.

The formal event, held on February 14 at the Hilton Garden Inn in Albany, featured a delicious plated dinner accompanied by music from Dr. Jose Tongol’s band, JT’s Yoyos – Musicians Playing for a Cause, followed by dancing to The Hollywood Band. The wide array of hundreds of auction items ranged from gift cards provided by local businesses to a dinner party provided and hosted by Paula Deen. Throughout the evening, guests had the opportunity to learn about the Cancer Coalition’s mission and its work in the community.

Nearly 200 guests joined in honoring media personality, community advocate and cancer survivor Ruthie Garner, this year’s honoree for the Albany Night for Hope. Garner said she was humbled by the honor, further noting, “I have lived and worked in this community for decades and I know the importance of the Cancer Coalition’s work fighting our high rates of cancer.”

Fletcher stated, “We are extremely grateful to our corporate partners Keystone Foods/Equity Group, MillerCoors, and Southeastern Federal Credit Union, to our presenting sponsor, the Family of Robin Fletcher Elmore, and to our other sponsors: Adams Exterminators, Albany Area Primary Health Care, Albany CEO, Bush Animal Clinic, Duren Paint & Body and Pro1 Collision, JR James Brokerage, LRA Constructors, McLendon Acres, Outsource Logistics, Paul Davis Emergency Services, Phoebe Cancer Center Physicians (Medical Oncology, Radiation Oncology, Surgical Oncology), Phoebe Putney Memorial Hospital, Regions Bank, and WALB for their generous support.” She also expressed appreciation to the Night for Hope Committee members: Caitlin Bailey, Sharon Gross, Catina Hayes, Jade Kavanaugh, Patrick O’Flynn, Lidia Olds, Debbie Reynolds, and Vicky Stephens.

Cancer Coalition leadership, staff and volunteers expressed their excitement for the 2016 Night for Hope. Planning will begin this summer and those interested in sponsorships, volunteering or learning more are encouraged to contact Jennifer Johnston at 229-312-1700 or [email protected].

To learn more about the Cancer Coalition of South Georgia, 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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