Local ovarian cancer organization to host 6th Annual Gala in Troy

Hundreds of people are expected to support The Belinda Sue Fund, an ovarian cancer organization, at their 6th annual gala from 6 to 11:30 pm May 13.

Although the event was held for the first five years at The Henry in Dearborn, the nonprofit decided to change it up by hosting it at The Marriott in Troy this spring.

The charity was created in memory of Belinda Sue Nantais, a local woman who fought valiantly for four years against ovarian cancer. She was diagnosed in July 2007 of the disease which eventually metastasized to her lung. 

Prior to her passing at the age of 52 in August 2011, her greatest desire was to save at least one life through promoting awareness of the disease.

It is the mission of her family and friends to fulfill her wishes and save as many lives as possible through the cause.

On behalf of the upcoming gala, Caroline Nantais Maykovich, daughter of Belinda Nantais, said: “We couldn’t be more thrilled to announce our new venue at the Troy Marriott…After five successful years of 200 attendees, we cannot wait to see what our new location will bring.”

“Ovarian cancer, if caught in its early stages, is the most treatable and we aim to find the detection tool that spots the disease before its too late; your donations and support in signature events, like our gala, make this goal possible.”

Board members of The Belinda Sue Fund said they are looking forward to seeing survivors, supporters and new faces, as what they anticipate to be the greatest gala yet.

In addition to the event’s change in location, it was decided that guests go for a classy, yet casual style with their new theme: Blue jeans & Bling. Rather than ball gowns and suits, the atmosphere will be an enjoyable, comfortable setting.

After attendees enjoy a three-course meal, there will be entertainment, dancing and live/silent auctions. The live and silent auctions will have a variety of items available including tickets to Detroit athletic events, vacation packages and more.

The organization is seeking people interested in sponsoring the event and/or donating items for the live and silent auctions. For more information, visit http://www.BelindaSueFund.org.

Registration for the event will be available on their website in March.

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