BMO Harris Bank is the presenting sponsor for the 2014 Imagination Ball to be held Saturday, Feb. 15, at the Marco Island Marriott Beach Resort and Spa. The event benefits the Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society.
In 2012 BMO Harris Bank contributed more than $87.6 million in donations, sponsorships and events to groups, organizations and programs that help build and sustain resilient, vital and healthy communities in Canada and the U.S.
“We are thrilled to have BMO Harris Bank, one of Marco Island’s local banks, as our presenting sponsor,” said Debra Shanahan, co-chair for the Imagination Ball with her husband, Dick, adding, “The Imagination Ball is one of the most prestigious events of the season and it’s guaranteed to be an exciting event you won’t want to miss.”
Monica Christopher, vice president, community affairs manager, BMO Financial Group said, “BMO Harris Bank recognizes the importance that health and wellness play in our communities. We are honored to support the 2014 Imagination Ball and the American Cancer Society’s fight against this deadly disease.”
“The Marco Island Chapter of the American Cancer Society is an asset to our community and works diligently at raising money to fund their local programs,” said Shanahan. “This year we’re asking you to bring your Valentine on Feb. 15, make it a date, and ‘Give Your Heart To Finding A Cure’ for this disease which affects us all.”
As part of the evening’s festivities, the American Cancer Society of Marco Island will honor long time supporters Corrie and John Grado for their years of service to the organization.
Our local American Cancer Society provides transportation services for area patients through the Road to Recovery program and the “Look Good Feel Better” program is where patients can get training and support on how to improve self-image and appearance during treatment and both are available right here on Marco Island. Many of our residents have utilized a “Hope Lodge” facility that provides free housing to those patients who have long-term treatment needs. Cancer took more than 42,000 lives of Floridians last year, and more than 117,500 new cases were diagnosed last year. This is a disease we can’t ignore. Research and development of new products are vital to the cure of this disease. Funding is vital to finding new ways to abolish cancer.
For information on remaining sponsorships, patron tables and to purchase tickets for the 2014 Imagination Ball, contact Sue Olszak at the American Cancer Society at (239) 642-8800, ext. 3890, or by email at Sue.Olszak@cancer.org.