As a Mom, Valentine’s Day has become more fun filled and fanciful than remembered. A once potentially dreaded, over commercialized excuse of a holiday has morphed in to a day that requires preparation of “pretty” cards (princess at this point of course), colorful candies (pink and red preferred), and cookies for special friends and teachers. Stickers adorn cards chosen with great skill and consideration and there is a sense of warmth and love surrounding the whole pomp and circumstance of Valentine’s Day.
Thanks to children changing the way we, as parents, look at things, this once hostile holiday has been turned in to a wonderful way to show our friends, families and teachers that we love and appreciate them–a lesson always worth instilling in our little ones. When watching our children we witness their innocence and pure exploration and enjoyment of all the details in a day, that adults often overlook. We are reminded to reflect on our own happiness, health and good fortune, and give back to those in need.
In that spirit, read below to learn more regarding The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, Inc. and their Annual “Angel’s Masquerade Ball,” taking place this holiday season on February 15th in the Cape. The information below was provided by Dara Plummer, a Member of the Melanoma Committee. While the event is held on the Cape, Glenna’s 3 year battle with melanoma took place at Boston’s own MGH, which is why Dara is hoping to involve the city in celebrating Glenna’s life and raising awareness and funding to aid in future research. See below for details…
The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, Inc. will host their 4th Annual “Angel’s Masquerade Ball” on February 15, 2014 at The Ridge Club in Sandwich, Massachusetts, to raise funds for melanoma research and to spread awareness of the dangerous effects of overexposure to sunlight and tanning. The event will honor Glenna Kohl, a lifelong resident of Marston’s Mills, who lost her battle with melanoma, the fastest growing cancer in the US and the second leading cause of death in women ages 25-28. Approximately 63,000 cases of melanoma are being diagnosed yearly, and is the second most common cancer for women 25-29 years old.
“We are excited to be receiving so much support for this event,” said Colleen Kohl, mother of Glenna Kohl and Co-Founder of the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, Inc. “With a spirited evening planned, we look forward to honoring Glenna and carrying on her vision and fight to raise awareness around the dangers of melanoma, the importance of early detection, and measures to prevent this disease.”
The evening will begin at 6:30 pm with a limited-ticket VIP party of champagne and oysters, followed by complimentary cocktails, buffet dinner, silent auction, keynote speeches, special raffles, “Canopies for Hope” live auction, entertainment, and dancing. The organization will welcome keynote speaker, Dr. Donald Lawrence, Clinical Director of the Center for Melanoma at Massachusetts General Hospital, as well as a melanoma patient at MGH. Funds raised from the event will be allocated specifically to melanoma research at MGH, raising awareness of the dangerous effects of tanning, and providing shade and sunscreen for Cape Cod beaches. Current Sponsors include Cape Cod Life Publications, American Harvest Organic Vodka, Sam Adams, and JJ Manning Auctioneers. Additional sponsorship opportunities are available and we are seeking donations, auction/raffle items, and ticket sales.
The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope anticipates 350 guests and expects to sell out tickets prior to the event. General advance ticket price is $100 and the event begins at 7:30 PM. A VIP pre-party, limited to 50 guests, will be held beginning at 6:30 PM; tickets are $150 and will include champagne, specialty cocktails, a local Seafood/Oyster Bar, as well as other local bites and live music. For more information, and to purchase tickets for the ball, please visit: www.glennasfund.org or contact Kelle Burbank at firstname.lastname@example.org.
About the Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope
The Glenna Kohl Fund for Hope, Inc. (a 501(c)(3) public charity) was founded in Glenna’s memory by her family and friends to continue her mission of bringing melanoma awareness to the forefront, as well as raising money for melanoma research and charities. For more information, please visit the organization’s website at www.glennasfund.org.