March 4, 2016 | Albany, GA – The Cancer Coalition of South Georgia’s third-annual fundraising gala raised net proceeds of more than $30,000 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 6th 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 an Argentina Dove Hunt and a Buster Posey Signed Game Bat and Batting Glove. 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 three-time cancer survivor, Dr. Anthony Parker, this year’s honoree for the Albany Night for Hope.

Fletcher stated, “We are extremely grateful to our corporate partners Keystone Foods/Equity Group, Southeastern Credit Union, DOCO Credit Union, Georgia Power and MillerCoors, to our presenting sponsors, Albany Technical College and the Parker and Pickney Families, and to our other sponsors: Phoebe Putney Health System, Phoebe Cancer Center, Albany CEO, Albany State University, Radiation Oncology Associates, Flint Co, McLendon Acres, Phoebe Surgical Oncology, WALB, Procter and Gamble, The Albany Herald, Oxford Construction Company, City of Albany, Fox 31, James A. Hotz, MD and Family, Lemuel and Linda Griffin, Adams Exterminators, Alithicon Lubricants Co., Bethel AME Church, MetroPower, Inc., SB&T and The Veranda for their generous support.” She also expressed appreciation to the Night for Hope Planning Committee members: Mary Brown, Virginia Wright Chatmon, Cathy Clyde, Kathy Culbreth, Leigh Deaton, Nancy Gay, Keva Harris, Wendy Howell, Karen Mitchell, Lidia Olds, and Vicky Stephens.

Cancer Coalition invites you to watch the video highlighting the event and guests: Albany Night for Hope.

Cancer Coalition leadership, staff and volunteers expressed their excitement for the 2017 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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