"Everyone here is making a difference in the lives of people touched by cancer," says Michelle Chalmers, CEO of Gilda's Club South Jersey. And everyone is here for the first ever fall into winter fundraiser. "This is an amazing event to raise money for the Gilda's Club of South Jersey," says Chalmers. Part of the national club, named after comedian Gilda Radner, that specializes in supporting those who are suffering or affected by cancer. "The Gilda's Club is a marvelous institution. We have people that come in there that have lost a spouse maybe within a week or two," says Robert Carr, a cancer survivor and volunteer at Gilda's Club South Jersey. Carr, who lost his wife to cancer and is a cancer survivor himself, says Gilda's Club changed his life. "It gives me some focus. I live down here alone. It's like family," says Carr.
But the Gilda's Club needs donations so they can continue to make a difference in people's lives. And the Showboat Casino helped make all of this happen. "When they knew it was for Gilda's Club, they just were willing to open their hearts and their wallets to donate the event to us," says Chalmers.
Ticket sales helped the club raise twelve–thousand dollars before the doors even opened at the foundation room. And thousands more are expected from a silent auction. Businesses donated prizes ranging from baseball lessons to a day at the spa. "The community opened their hearts to Gilda's Club and made amazing donations," says Chalmers.
Donations that allow the club to keep doing the work they do. "I think that it's great. I think being able to get out there and understand what the Gilda's Club is about and what their needs are. My hat's off to anyone that shows up and is willing to donate," says Carr.
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