In the Spotlight Miami-Dade County Philanthropy

Cancer Support Community’s 2015 Heart & Star Award Dinner

Cancer Support Community's 2015 Heart & Star Award DinnerWednesday, March 18, 6:30pm – Coral Gables Country Club, 997 North Greenway Drive, Coral Gables

Cancer Support Community Greater Miami hosted the 2015 Heart & Star Award Dinner at the Coral Gables Country Club, honoring Alina Villasante and Amy Hollub. More than 300 business, community, and social leaders throughout South Florida got together for a festive and meaningful dinner at organization’s most prestigious annual fundraiser. Mistress of Ceremonies for the 2015 Heart & Star Award Dinner was Emmy Award-winning CBS4 Anchor, Cynthia Demos. $210,000 raised from this evening will go to fund FREE cancer programs and services provided by CSCGM for patients and their loved ones.

Alina Villasante, the creator, visionary and designer of Peace Love World, received the Champion of the Community Spirit Award honoring her for global charitable work and her personal contributions toward creating a greater good for local community. Villasante champions causes close to her heart including cancer awareness, autism, multiple sclerosis and Haiti relief. Peace Love World’s philosophy is as simple as it sounds: the intention to spread peace, love and happiness whenever and wherever possible.

Amy Hollub received the Champion of the Human Spirit Award honoring her as a cancer survivor who has become a beacon of light and hope for others who are faced with this diagnosis. Hollub is a 5-year advanced ovarian cancer survivor who vowed to put cancer in its place. Not only did she overcome the disease, she transformed her adversity to triumph with grace and determination. She strives to empower other women with the knowledge to advocate for their healthcare wellness and/or treatment. Her journey served as the catalyst for the “Rock N Run,” a 5K run/walk and cardio dance class to benefit six deserving cancer charities that either fund research, promote awareness of early detection and prevention, or provide services to women with cancer from under-resourced communities.

The Wellness Community was founded in California in 1982. In July 2009, The Wellness Community-National and Gilda’s Club Worldwide joined forces to become the largest provider of cancer support worldwide. The combined organization – now known as the Cancer Support Community – is currently comprised of more than 50 affiliates and over 100 satellite locations. Locally, the Cancer Support Community Greater Miami opened its doors in 2002 and since then has served more than 24,500 in Miami-Dade County providing FREE psycho-social, educational and support services in the hopes of improving patients’ quality of life. All money raised in Miami, stays in Miami and supports the Miami facility.