Charity Gala to benefit American Cancer Society

From friends to family to businesses, many are pitching in to help a group of young Central Iowa adults with a Charity Gala at the Marshalltown’s Knights of Columbus Hall March 1, to benefit the American Cancer Society.

Now all that is required are attendees to make it a success. The event is open to the public and admission is a free will offering.

Event organizers Courtney Degner, Dustin Degner, Hannah Hedum, Shaun Ratiff and Stacy Raymond, who planned the 2012 and 2013 galas, are back.

Cancer has claimed relatives among them, so they decided two years ago to stage an event to raise money so the ACS can fight back against the insidious disease.

The team believes the formula which made the 2012 and 2013 events a success – a band, black tie-formal dress, a cash bar, DJ, prizes, raffles and plenty of fun – will pay off again.

The Denny and Chad Burgess family band of Gilman will provide entertainment again as will disc jockey Nate Boelyn.

“We are pleased to have the Burgesses and Boelyn back,” said Raymond. “Both donate their time to the cause, which we appreciate.”

The Burgesses will play from 7:30 to 10 p.m. and Boelyn from 10 until closing.

The team is promoting the event the old-fashioned way, by placing eye-catching posters (donated by Marshalltown’s UPS store) around the area and talking it up among friends, family and co-workers.

The 2013 event raised more money than the 2012 gala, and the team wants to make the 2014 event even more successful.

When not promoting the gala, the planning committee has been busy securing donations for door prizes.

Raymond emphasized that the event is open to the public and a good time can be had, while raising money for a good cause.

“People who came to the 2012 and 2013 galas said they had fun,” said Raymond. “Regardless if folks either want to socialize or dance … everyone is welcome.”