By Evelyn Ticona
The Mar-a-Lago Club, owned by Donald J. Trump, will host the 52nd annual American Cancer Society Ball this Friday, Feb. 5.
This is the fourth consecutive year that Trump offers his property for this event, held at the Breakers in Palm Beach in previous years. Trump also serves as the New York Ambassador for the American Cancer Society Ball.
Staci H. Eaton, community representative at the Island of Palm Beach ACS Unit, said she expects up to 450 attendees at this year’s ball. The price of the tickets to attend the ball is $750 per person.
The ACS counts on the support of individual as well as corporate benefactors to help with the task of eradicating cancer.
This year’s theme is “Dancing Under the Stars,” and features entertainment by the Starlight Orchestra of New York. Patty Myura will be the chairman at the ball, and party hosts Patrick Park and his fiancé Nathalie Fernandez will greet the attendees as they enter the Mar-a-Lago Club.
As part of the amenities of the night, Tiffany & Co., leading corporate benefactor of the ACS, will put up to auction a $19,800 value necklace that features diamonds and red spinel beads.
The event will also display automobiles from corporate benefactor Braman Motorcars, a new and used BMW, Rolls Royce, Porsche, Mini and Bentley vehicles.
The funds raised from the ball will contribute to cancer research, education and patient services.
“I am thrilled to be chairing this year’s American Cancer Society Ball,” Myura said. “Proceeds from the ball further the organization’s mission to eliminate cancer as a major health problem through research, education, advocacy and patient services.”
Palm Beach Atlantic University students volunteered at the 51st annual American Cancer Society Gala, “A New York Minute,” in 2009. They helped the guests find their seats and passed out favors from corporate sponsors as guests left the Mar-a-Lago club.
Junior Kelsay Skaggs is one of the students who participated at the 2009 gala, greeting the guests as they came in and selling tickets for the chance drawing.
“I love workship, and volunteering at the ACS gala was definitely not how I pictured getting workship hours,” Skaggs said. “It was such a blast to see the people from the island donate money to such a great cause.”
This year, another group of PBA students will earn Workship hours while taking in the sights and sounds of a ball.
The ACS is a nationwide community-based voluntary health organization dedicated to eliminating cancer as a major health problem.