Discovery Ball – A Worthy Cause

2011 Discovery Ball Co-Chairs, Lisa McKinney, left and Cindi Koplow, right

2011 Discovery Ball Co-Chairs, Lisa McKinney, left and Cindi Koplow, right

Tickets are now available for the second annual American Cancer Society’s Discovery Ball, scheduled for March 12, 2011, at the new JW Marriott in downtown Indianapolis. The name Discovery Ball represents discovery in all aspects of the disease — from a cancer patient’s first diagnosis through the course of treatment and finally to celebrating life as a survivor through the discovery of a cure.

The evening includes a VIP reception, elegant dinner, silent auction, distinctive entertainment and an additional late-night party complete with great desserts and dancing. Tickets for the main event, which runs from 6:30 p.m. to 9:30 p.m., are $200 per person. The additional Late-Night Party, which is from 9:30 p.m. to midnight, is $50 per person. Event co-chairs Lisa McKinney and Cindi Koplow agree. “We won’t cure cancer overnight, but we’ll stay up late trying!” Honorary Co-Chairs for this year’s event are Mickey and Janie Maurer.

“Fall 2009 was the inaugural Indianapolis Discovery Ball,” says Karen Vandoski, media relations specialist. American Cancer Society, Indianapolis office. “The first event was a huge success, with all of the seats selling out and the night raising more than $150,000. Event organizers decided to move the event from the fall to the spring, so this is the second year for the Discovery Ball.”

the room is set for the inaugural Discovery Ball, waiting for the guests to arrive

The room is set for the inaugural Discovery Ball, waiting for the guests to arrive.

All monies raised from the event stay in Indianapolis, funding programs that have already aided more than 24,000 central Indiana patients this past year get transportation to their treatments, help with the purchase of wigs and other vital services for both patients and caregivers. More than 11 million Americans have survived cancer. But the fact remains that cancer continues to touch the lives of nearly everyone, in one way or another. On any given day in Indiana, more than 90 Hoosiers are newly diagnosed with cancer. The effects of this disease are life changing. The good news is that cancer research is being conducted aggressively nationwide and at four Indiana institutions.

“My interest in cancer research and the American Cancer Society’s Discovery Ball is a very personal one,” said Lisa, partner at Bose McKinney & Evans LLP. “Cancer has touched my family a couple of times. Most recently my mother lost her battle with cancer in October 2010. We lost an incredible role model and mother.”

Lisa added that this year’s gala promises to be one of the premier events this year in Indianapolis. “In addition to the importance of the mission, we will have show-stopping entertainment at one of the first events at the new JW Marriott. Entertainment includes both internationally acclaimed pianists and, at the late-night party, the return of DJ Reka, a South Beach-influenced DJ who has spun for celebrities such as Michael Jordan and Wyclef Jean.”

This year’s event will feature the “Forty Fingers of the American Pianists Association” (four skilled pianists), along with guest speaker Emil J. Friereich, an American Can Society-funded researcher. He played an integral role in increasing the survival rates for childhood cancer.

Cindi, an active civic volunteer, volunteered at the Little Red Door and worked on the auction committee for the inaugural Discovery Ball. “The money we raise March 12 will make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer and will help fund the research we need to make cancer a disease of the past,” she said. “The Discovery Ball is a lovely way to remember those we have lost along the way and to honor our survivors. I am looking toward tomorrow for the sake of my children.”

Tickets are available online at or by calling 317-344-7826. Those interested in supporting the event but are unable to attend can purchase raffle tickets for a chance to win prizes or simply make a donation online.

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