This year’s benefiting organizations included the American Cancer Society, Make-a-Wish Foundation, the First Day Shoe Fund, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Southwest Michigan, Gull Lake Community Schools, Family Camps, the American Heart Association, Sherman Lake YMCA, K C Ready 4S, Southwest Michigan Miracle League, Wings of Mercy, Cheff Therapeutic Riding Center, Walk Tall Foundation for Kids, and Family & Children Services.
Joe St. Germain won the big raffle drawing of the night, with the option of taking home the brand new Honda Accord, courtesy of Platinum Sponsor West Michigan Honda Dealers, or a $30,000 cash prize. Other winners walked away with private helicopter tours, exclusive VIP tickets to the Kentucky Derby, a hot air balloon ride, Little Caesars arena suite access for 16, a private jet ride and suite access at Lambeau stadium, a 116-foot luxury yacht trip for six people for six days and five nights, and much more.
“I’ve been affected by cancer with my family, my immediate family,” Lalonde said. “Anytime I can help out I can, I’m really looking forward to being the guest speaker tonight.”
About the Drive for Life Foundation Gala For four decades, the Drive for Life Gala has attracted the support of business leaders, sponsors, and volunteers; bringing the Kalamazoo community together for an extraordinary night of charity.
The Drive for Life Gala debuted in 1982 with a starting ticket price of just $1, raising less than $20,000 for the American Cancer Society. Today, the annual Drive for Life Gala –presented by Zeigler Auto Group, Greenleaf Trust, and Huntington Bank– benefits the American Cancer Society and other local charities with over $5.5 million given over the last 40 years.
Francis Mariela, Drive for Life Foundation, 2392736976, [email protected], driveforlifefoundation.org
SOURCE Drive for Life Foundation