Cancer Gala Breaks Donation Record

The 33rd Annual Rolla Mad Men Cancer Gala dinner and dance reached its record high $200,000 fundraising goal midevening on February 17, 2018 at Missouri S&T’s Havener Center. This is the highest fundraising goal in the history of the annual event’s history.  The annual volunteer event raises funds that support local cancer patients.  This year, the funds were divided between the Joy of Caring Cancer Fund and the Delbert Day Cancer Institute Fund at the Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation. The Phelps Regional Health Care Foundation is the 501(c)(3) not-for-profit philanthropic arm of the Phelps County Regional Medical Center.  The Joy of Caring Cancer Fund provides additional financial support to patients undergoing cancer treatments who need just a little more help. This includes prescription copays, prescription medication, food supplements, wigs, mastectomy bras, cancer rehabilitation therapy, travel and food expenses.  According to Ed Clayton, CEO of Phelps County Regional Medical Center, 1400 cancer patients were assisted through the cancer care program at the Delbert Day Cancer Institute.

PCRMC Delbert Day Cancer Institute


In addition, the Delbert Day Cancer Center dedicated the Infusion Center after the Cancer Gala, which has been fundraising to assist local cancer residents fighting cancer since 1985.

The Delbert Day Cancer Institute opened January 9, 2017. The nationally-accredited institute at Phelps County Regional Medical Center is named after Dr. Delbert Day, Curators’ Professor Emeritus of Materials Science and Engineering and Senior Investigator of the Graduate Center for Materials Research at the Missouri University of Science and Technology.


Twenty-two volunteers worked five months to prepare for the evening to host 540 guests.

In addition, more than 200 businesses donated items that were part of an online auction that generated more than $30,000 in proceeds. This is the second year that the Cancer Gala has launched the online auction prior to the night of the event to generate interest and start bidding on auction items.  A drawing was also held for an Italian trip for two which was won by Angela Delaria, a local Rolla resident.


“We can’t say thank you enough to the businesses and individuals who donated and supported this event.  We couldn’t have met our goal without your support,” said Cancer Gala co-coordinator Annie Bass. “We appreciate the work of the volunteers on the committee who made all of this possible,” said Robin Kordes, Cancer Gala co-coordinator.


The theme of this year’s event was “Mad Men” after the award-winning drama set in the 1960s.

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The 2018 cancer gala committee, front, from left:  Sarah Wiggins, Caroleen Ferrell, Elissa Jennison, Robin Kordes (co-chair), Annie Bass (co-chair), Susan Bowles, decorations, Monica Davis, Carolyn Buschjost.  Back:  Steve Davis, Brenda Miller, Errica Hartley, Candy Metcalf,

Sandy Kerr, Lisa Barnes, Rosalie Franklin, Mary Albertson, Ryan Dillon, Katy Langston Combs,

Susie Baldwin, and Steve Raper. Not pictured are Cindy Beger and Amanda Humphrey.

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