MORE than 250 Gold Coast locals will descend on Jupiters Hotel and Casino tonight for the annual White Orchid Ball, raising vital funds for Cancer Council Queensland.
Event founder, 25-year-old Emma Morrissey, has hosted the event for the past three years in honour of her Mum, who passed away with breast cancer in 2011.
Just 18 months after her mother’s passing, the family was shaken by another cancer diagnosis – with her Father losing his battle to oesophageal cancer.
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In the past three years, the popular black-tie event has raised around $120,000 for Cancer Council Queensland’s vital cancer research, education programs and patient support services.
Ms Morrissey said the Ball would be a tribute to her Mum and Dad and to the many, like them, who have shown incredible strength and inspired others.
“While I am not a doctor, researcher or oncologist, I’m doing what I can to help Cancer Council achieve their mission – a cancer free future,” Ms Morrissey said.
“The night will be an opportunity to don your best frocks and suits, kick up your heels on the dance floor, enjoy a great three-course menu, remember those we love and show our support to those who need it most.
“I know the impact that cancer can have and I also know that we can make a difference by taking steps to help reduce the burden of the disease for all Queenslanders – ensuring everyone has the best possible prospects of being treated and beating cancer.
“This cause is close to my heart and I am thankful for the outpouring of support for the event and for other families, like my own, who have been touched by the disease.”
The annual black-tie White Orchid Ball will be held tonight (Friday, November 28) from 7pm at Jupiters Hotel and Casino.
Plenty of prizes to be won through the Snowscene Raffle, a live grand auction by Chief Harcourts Auctioneer Mitch Peereboom, and a silent auction with something on offer for everyone.
To learn more, visit www.thewhiteorchidball.org or call Cancer Council’s 13 11 20 for information and support.