Sunday, October 24, 2021

Imagination Ball 2017: Unforgettable Evening of Glitz, Glamour & Giving



By Nikkie Sardelli

Over 250 guests, dressed to the nines, attended the annual Imagination Ball supporting the American Cancer Society on the evening of Saturday, February 4. Aligned with the evening’s theme, “Glitz, Glamour & Giving,” there was no lack of effort made to ensure guests felt like they were entering an event fit for celebrities. Welcomed by a red carpet photo and a glass of champagne, guests entered the JW Marriott Marco Island beach pavilion to see a room complete with chandeliers and jeweled centerpieces. The evening’s highlights included Jim and



Allyson Richards being honored with the Grado Award for their highly respected contributions to the mission; continuing with a tribute video remembering the late Dick Shanahan, who dedicated much of his life to the organization. This moving video tribute featured speakers Corrie Grado, Debra Shanahan, and former Board President Dr. Loan Lam. Following this tribute, auctioneer Rick Gallo took the stage and the energy in the room was electric. The “cash call” paddle raise alone totaled over $110,000, which will be donated entirely to cancer research. Guests in attendance were able to enjoy live music and dancing after the program ended.

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