GOCA Flies High for Cancer Awareness at Gala

The Sandy Springs-based Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance is set to host another spectacular soiree at the Delta Flight Museum with its seventh annual Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, on Saturday, March 11.  All proceeds from the event support the organization’s statewide education and awareness efforts and community outreach programs.  Last year’s gala drew 700 attendees and raised almost $250,000.  The GOCA team hopes to raise that bar even higher this year with a dazzling night in store including dinner created by Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Atlanta Chapter Chefs, specialty cocktails, dancing, casino games, tributes and live and silent auctions.  Attire is black tie-optional, and festivities kick off at 6:30 p.m. with a VIP reception starting at 6 p.m.

Christine Pullara, host of WXIA-TV’s “Atlanta & Company,” returns as emcee for the evening with entertainment provided by the Celebrity All Star Band.  Guests of honor at the gala are two very special women – Amie Moore, whose battle with ovarian cancer tragically ended at the age of 23, and Emily Coughlin, who was diagnosed at 14 years old and is now a junior at the University of Georgia studying cancer research.

Partners of the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, which is produced by Sean O’Keefe Events and presented by Northside Hospital Cancer Institute, include Deoleo, Snyder’s-Lance, Kroger, United Distributing, Tito’s, Gallo and Les Dames d’Escoffier International – Atlanta Chapter and GA Grown.

“It’s a privilege to help GOCA each year with the Shaken, Not Stirred Gala, which serves as the Southeast’s premier ovarian cancer awareness event,” comments Caryn Kroll, Sandy Springs resident and Vice President of Sean O’Keefe Events.  “Not only does it honor and celebrate the women in our community battling this elusive and deadly disease, such as my grandmother who passed away from ovarian cancer, it raises vital funds to support them along their journey.  You can really feel spirits lifted and a sense of hope and camaraderie in the air during such a magical night.”

The community is invited to support the cause by purchasing individual tickets to attend the event at ShakenNotStirredGala.com.  Sponsorship opportunities are available as well.  Anyone unable to attend the gala, but still interested in contributing, can donate online or bid online in the gala’s fabulous silent auction, which includes jewelry, a British Virgin Island Sailing Charter, a Zulu Nyala African Safari and many other travel experiences.  For more information or to get involved further with GOCA, please visit GAOvarianCancer.org or call 404-255-1337.

The mission of the Georgia Ovarian Cancer Alliance (GOCA), a 501c-3 non-profit, is to increase awareness and educate Georgia’s women of all ages, their families and the healthcare community about the risks and symptoms leading to early detection.  GOCA serves the state of Georgia with public outreach programs, education and awareness efforts, and fundraising events.  With no sure way of predicting ovarian cancer and no single screening test to identify it at the earlier, pre-symptomatic stages, awareness and education are an urgent priority for all women in order to protect themselves from late-stage ovarian cancer.