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All people deserve a fair and just opportunity to live longer, healthier lives.

Cancer is a disease that can affect anyone, but it doesn’t affect everyone equally.
Many social structures and practices can limit a person’s access to health care needed to prevent, treat, and survive cancer. These obstacles may include racism, discrimination, poverty, lack of access to healthy and affordable foods, low quality education and housing,
and jobs with inadequate pay.

That’s why African Americans and other racial and ethnic groups, people who have low incomes or are underinsured or uninsured, and people living in rural areas often face greater obstacles than others.

The American Cancer Society is actively working to end these disparities in cancer and fight for health equity, which means everyone has a fair and just opportunity to prevent, find, treat and survive cancer.

If we are to further reduce deaths from cancer, we need to make sure everyone has the ability to benefit from the advances in research, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment of cancer.

No one should be disadvantaged in their fight against cancer 
because of how much money they make, the color of their skin, their sexual orientation, their gender identity, their disability status, or where they live.


Since 2000, ACS has funded over 550 health equity grants totaling over $300 million.


ACS has partnered with Corktown Health to create a toolkit and training for providers on providing care to the LGBTQ community.


ACS is currently funding 633 grants nationwide, totaling over $384 million.


ACS has funded 426 grants, totaling over $78 million at the University of Michigan since 1946.


ACS provided $75,000 in lodging grants to health systems across the state for cancer patients access to care.


ACS provided $107,000 in transportation grants to health systems across the state to help people access cancer treatment.


ACS is improving Breast Health Equity in Detroit through our Partnership with Henry Ford Health System.


ACS is funding a grant at Henry Ford Health System aimed at decreasing the disproportionate number of prostate cancer deaths among Black men in Southeast Michigan.


Cocktail Hour | 6:00 PM - 7:00 PM

  • Entertainment provided by the Midtown String Quartet

Main Program Begins | 7:00 PM - 7:30 PM

  • Emcees

    • Kimberly Gill, WDIV

    • Bill McAllister, Podcast Nation

  • Poet

    • LaShaun Phoenix​

  • Event Co-Chairs

    • Sean & Christina Vanderelzen, Lineage Logistics

  • Honorees

    • Tom Pursel, Merrill Private Wealth Management

    • Michigan Softball Academy

    • Dr. Hayley Thompson, WSU, Karmanos 

    • Tom Shafer, Huntington Bank 

Dinner | 7:30 PM - 8:05 PM

  • Event Vice Chair Pre-Dinner Toast

    • Jason Roycht, Nikola

Live Auction | 8:05 PM - 8:15 PM

  • Auctioneer

    • Bill Menish​

ACS Mission Moment | 8:15 - 8:45 PM

  • ACS Researcher

    • Dr. Todd Lucas, Michigan State University

  • Survivor

    • Alicia Jeffreys, Detroit Pistons

  • Mission Paddle Raise

    • Bill Menish​

Late Night Party | 8:45 PM - 12:00 AM

  • Entertainment provided by the Bluewater Kings Band

Silent Auction Closes | 10:00 PM

50/50 Raffle Winning Ticket Pulled | 10:00 PM

Event Concludes | 12:00 AM




Chocolate Tulip Cup (Plated)
Pastel Painted Chocolate Tulip Cup Filled with White Chocolate Lime Mousse, Spring Berry
Compote and Sweet Cream

Freshly Brewed Regular and Decaf Coffee, Herbal Tea and Iced Water
Sweetener, Cream, and Lemon
Lemon Raspberry Parfait
Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free


Cider Mill Chicken
Chicken breast, fresh herbs, Michigan apples, cider maple chicken demi-glace (GF)
Roasted Vegetable Plank, Crispy Tofu, Cranberry Bean Cheese Napoléon, Red Rice Pilaf,
Pink Vegan Tomato Sauce, Cauliflower, Broccoli
Vegan, Dairy Free, Gluten Free, Nut Free


Farmers Market Salad
Baby greens, beet and carrot curls, cucumbers, tomato gems,
Sherry Vinaigrette Dressing
GF & Vegan dressing options 
Freshly baked rolls with butter


Kroger Groceries for a Year!

Donated by Kroger

$5200 in Kroger Gift Cards ($100 a week for 52 weeks).

Ally Challenge Experience

Donated by Ally | This certificate is good for four (4) Shared Hospitality Tickets and one (1) VIP Parking Pass Tournament Dates: August 25 – 27, 2023 This ticket package offers guests the opportunity to utilize VIP parking with a VIP shuttle dropping them off at the front of Warwick Hills and enjoy the tournament from an elevated and shaded venue on the infamous Hole 17, Friday – Sunday of tournament week. Hole 17 offers a fun atmosphere, great views of golf and viewing of the Celebrity Challenge as celebrities play Hole 17 Saturday afternoon following the final group of professional golfers. Guests will enjoy complimentary food and beverages while in the venue and the fun doesn’t stop there! On Saturday night, the Saturday tickets give guests grounds access to the Community Concert presented by Ally held on Warwick Hills’ Driving Range. The concert act will be announced at a later date. (Previous acts: 2018 – Big & Rich, 2019 – Dierks Bentley, 2021 – Maren Morris, 2022 – Kane Brown

Chicago Cubs Experience for 4

Donated by MacLean-Fogg Component Solutions

4 Front Row Chicago Cubs Tickets for Saturday May 6th, 2023 against the Florida Marlins. (Seats AA21, Row 1 seats 5-8). Front row seats behind home plate next to the visitor on-deck circle. Tickets include access to the American Airlines 1914 Club. Requests for alternative games will be considered but cannot be guaranteed. Tickets will be delivered via the MLB Ticketing app once tickets are released by MLB to the ticket holders in March, 2023. Includes a $1000 AmEx gift card for travel expenses! 




NYE Red Wings Experience

6 New Year's Eve Executive Loge Red Wings seats, 1 parking pass, and a $250 gift card to Oak & Reel


Mackinac Island Weekend Away

$400 AirBNB Gift Card, Golf at the Jewel, and a Weekender Bag


50 Person LCA Ice Skating Party!

An exclusive opportunity for 50 people to skate the main rink at Little Caesars Arena with a catered meal


Samsung Framed QLED TV

43" Samsun Framed QLED TV


Walt Disney World Trip

4 one day/one park passes to Walt Disney World, a $250 gift card for travel, and a Walt Disney World gift basket


Ally VIP Race Day Experience

VIP Race Day Experience in 2023 complete with VIP credentials, tickets to the race, scanner vouchers, and meet and greet, and more!



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