Evening of Hope Gala a glimmering success

By Shelby Harrell Staff Writer | Nov 03, 2013
Photo by: Shelby Harrell Floyd and Susan Rogers dance the night away during the Evening of Hope Gala.

Between the twinkling lights and the shimmering evening gowns, the Laurel Ridge Country Club was glittering brightly Saturday night for a good cause.

More than 100 guests dressed in their best attended the Relay for Live Evening of Hope Gala and enjoyed dinner, drinks, door prizes, raffles, auctions and live music performed by "Tuxedo Junction."

The gala raised about $8,000 to benefit Relay for Life, a volunteer-driven cancer fundraising event of the American Cancer Society. Aside from ticket sales and a raffle, live and silent auction bids supported the cause.

By the end of the evening, the dance floor was filled with couples dancing — but not before the auctioneer had a chance to sell a handmade quilt, wine, fine jewelry and other items.

"We are very pleased about how things went for our first time," said Relay for Life Chairwoman Jenny Stamey. "We made close to $8,000 for our first gala and we do plan to make this an annual event because unfortunately the fight against cancer is not over."
Stamey said the Relay for Life team already was planning to meet and discuss the gala details and prepare for next year. In addition, Relay is also planning for its annual relay for May 2014.

"This keeps us very busy but it is a cause that I feel so strongly about," Stamey said. "I read the other day that one out of three people will be diagnosed with cancer. The other two will know someone with cancer, so cancer really does affect us all."