Frequently Asked Questions
What are American Cancer Society Gala events? The Striders’ Ball is part of the American Cancer Society gala program that hosted 166 galas last year with a combined net revenue of over $49 million. Led by influential volunteer leaders, these premier events offer guests an opportunity to connect with industry and philanthropic leaders while enjoying exclusive dining and entertainment experiences.
In the fall of 2020, over 300 corporate leaders and philanthropists from Greater Cincinnati and Northern Kentucky will join together to celebrate the Striders’ Ball, providing the corporate community a unique avenue for making a difference in the lives of cancer patients in our community.
How can I get involved? From galas to golf outings to tournaments, we have an event that will suit your interests and let you join in the spirit of camaraderie and compassion as we work together to save lives from cancer. You can help by becoming a sponsor, participating in an event, joining a planning committee, volunteering at an event, or donating an auction item! It’s all about having fun while helping to save lives.
Who should I contact to get involved? If you would like more information on the American Cancer Society Striders' Ball and how you can get involved, please contact Hannah Wallace at 513.975.5017 or email Hannah.Wallace@cancer.org.
What happens with the money raised? Funds you raise through Gala events help the American Cancer Society save lives, celebrate lives and lead the fight for a world without cancer while:
Offering Information and Education
Our 24/7 helpline handled nearly 24,000 calls and live chats from Ohio residents seeking support, information, and resources. Our website, cancer.org, had more than 1.8 million visits from Ohio residents for the latest, most accurate information on virtually all topics related to cancer.
Supporting Cancer Survivors
Provided more than 4,400 special kits of tailored information and resources for newly diagnosed patients. Provided more than 1,750 wigs to cancer patients. Thousands of patients, survivors, and caregivers use our online Cancer Survivors Network.
Finding Cancer’s Causes and Cures
The American Cancer Society is currently funding 23 grants to six institutions and universities in Ohio totaling nearly $14 million. The American Cancer Society has invested more than $4.6 billion in research and has given grant funding support to 47 individuals who went on to win the Nobel Prize.
Providing Leadership and Education for the Health Care Community
Our cancer screening guidelines go through a rigorous, evidence-based review to help patients and their health care providers make the best choices to screen for cancer. Our prevention guidelines help people reduce their risk of cancer, and our survivorship guidelines help people live life to the fullest after cancer.
Helping Cancer Patients Access Care
Provided more than 10,700 rides to treatment and other cancer-related appointments. Provided nearly 7,500 nights of free lodging at our Hope Lodge® communities, and more than 850 nights of free or reduced lodging through our Hotel Partners Program. Our five patient navigators in Ohio helped guide nearly 2,700 newly diagnosed cancer patients to overcome barriers to care.
Fighting Cancer through Public Policy
The American Cancer Society Cancer Action Network (ACS CAN), our nonprofit, nonpartisan, advocacy affiliate, works with lawmakers at the federal, state, and local levels to pass laws and policies that impact our mission and improve our ability to prevent, detect, and treat cancer. Some results of these efforts in Ohio: Tobacco Prevention and Cessation Program Funding and Access to Health Care Coverage for Low-Income Ohioans.
If I mail in my payment will I receive a receipt for my tax records? Yes, the American Cancer Society mails a receipt for all checks received. You will be mailed a letter, along with a receipt for your tax records, approximately six weeks after we receive your payment. The receipt will provide you with the value of your contribution that is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law. Receipts may be requested for cash payments.
If I make a general donation online using my credit card, will I receive a receipt for my tax records? After submitting your online donation you will be directed to a confirmation page that can be printed for your tax records. In addition, an email will be sent to the email address you provided at the time you made the donation. The email will include a receipt that can be printed for your records. Both the confirmation page and the email receipt will provide you with the value of your contribution that is tax deductible to the fullest extent of the law.
Where does my donation go? Each donation made in association with the Striders' Ball goes towards the American Cancer Society’s efforts to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.