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HOPE Ball raises $41,000

Photo by Carly Farrell

Photo by Carly Farrell

ALBANY, Ga. -- While coordinators of the annual HOPE Ball did not reach the goal they had set, they still feel good about the success the event had.

The 2011 ball, which was held Feb. 5 at the Hilton Garden Inn, attracted 250 attendees and raised $41,000.

"The event was fantastic," said Kathy Furney, community manager with the American Cancer Society. "The community really came out and supported the event.

"We had a great time."

The honorees were Ward Wright, an Albany child who was recently declared cancer-free, and his family. Maranda Wright, Ward's mother, made an address to the crowd during the event.

"There wasn't a dry eye in the house," Furney recalled.

The money raised will go to benefit programs and services -- which includes research and education. Officials had hoped to raise $50,000 at the event.

"We didn't reach our goal, but it's still an overall success whenever we make money for the American Cancer Society," Furney said.

Some of the sponsors for the HOPE Ball included Phoebe

Community Visions, 13th Colony, Pellicano Construction, Berg Eye Center, Honey Baked Ham and Cumulus Radio. Several students of Deerfield-Windsor School were also in attendance to show attendees to their seats.

Furney added that it is not too late to make a donation to the HOPE Ball fund. Those that want to make a donation can make checks payable to the American Cancer Society, include "HOPE Ball" on the check memo and send it to P.O. Box 1222, Albany, Ga. 31702.

Area cancer patients who want to utilize ACS services are encouraged to call 1-800-227-2345.