You can help make a difference for those diagnosed with cancer at the 30th Annual Benefit Ball on Saturday, May 16. This year, the event will be held at Geneva National Golf Club and proceeds will go to the Partners in Cancer Care campaign. This is a $2.2 million community fundraising campaign to enhance patient services at a comprehensive cancer center located within the new Aurora Health Center serving western Racine and Walworth counties.
In addition to helping cancer patients right here in your own community, you can also help us honor individuals who are truly making a difference in Walworth County.
Antony Ruggeri, MD is an oncologist at Aurora Lakeland Medical Center, and he is the Honorary Chairperson for this year’s Benefit Ball. Dr. Ruggeri believes treating a cancer patient is different from treating many other patients, and it’s a part of his job that he truly enjoys. “There’s a bond between an oncologist and patient. Cancer has such a big weight to it. You need social skills, communication skills, you think how can we help this person get through all of this?” he explains.
A special Humanitarian Award is being given to Marianne Bonifacic for her commitment to Aurora Lakeland Medical Center and the Walworth County community. Marianne is on the Aurora Lakeland Medical Center Board of Directors and has served with many other community organizations for years. She says the driving force behind her philanthropy is a philosophy from her parents, “They always said that it’s not always about what you have or give, it is really what you share with others in your community. It all goes back to giving time, treasure and talent to your community.”
If you would like to attend this year’s Benefit Ball, go to give.aurora.org/benefitball to purchase tickets. To make a gift or learn more about the Partners in Cancer Care campaign, go to give.aurora.org/cancercenter.