Surprises, strawberry desserts, and serenades enlivened the American Cancer Society’s Annual Volunteer Dinner this past Saturday evening at La Trattoria Oceanside.
Hosted by outgoing American Cancer Society Chair and cancer survivor Charlotte Quinn, the evening honored the cornermen for those battling cancer.
“I am not kidding when I say that I have met some wonderful people during this process,” said Quinn. “All I had to do was pick the right people and sit back and watch them succeed.”
Doing his part was ‘Trat owner Bill Lay, who closed his new oceanfront location to serve mitsa salad, parmesan-garlic soup, shrimp scampi, chicken marsala, and penne pasta to Cancer Society award winners and their loved ones.
The evening included music by Tony Roberts, Vickie Rausche, and a performance by Dr. Jerome Covington and concluded with the installation of new board members.
Awards were presented to numerous volunteers including Josie Koler, May Ann Causley, Edith Losley, and Peggy Hamilton. Young volunteers like Konnor, Pauly and Grayden Ross received plaques for their contributions along with Elliot Krelzeman who has “attended every Relay event since birth.”
The shower of appreciation concluded with Armedia Arvarette assuming the reigns of the Florida Keys Unit for a two year term.
“Her public profile will serve her well,” said Quinn. “And her organizational and leadership skills will ensure the Florida Keys Unit continues to exceed expectations and forward our mission to find a cure.”