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Published on August 15, 2014

18th Annual Gala to Benefit Ellis Fischel Cancer Center

Fundraiser to support mammography fund, healing garden

COLUMBIA, Mo. -- The 18th annual Ellis Fischel Gala will be held Saturday, Aug. 23, at The Lodge of Four Seasons at the Lake of the Ozarks.
The gala will begin at 5 p.m. with a silent auction, followed by dinner and entertainment by the Company Men, a group of musicians whose performances combine timeless music from the past six decades with today’s hits.

Proceeds from this year’s event will benefit Ellis Fischel Cancer Center’s mammography fund, which provides breast cancer screenings to those who are uninsured and are not eligible for any state or federal programs. Proceeds also will benefit the Ellis Fischel Gala and the Brown Family Healing Garden, an outdoor space offering patients a serene area for reflection.

“The gala is the largest fundraising initiative for Ellis Fischel,” said Paul Dale, M.D., medical director of Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, chief of surgical oncology and Margaret Proctor Mulligan Distinguished Professor in Medical Research. “A cancer diagnosis touches many lives, but the support of the community through this event has helped improve the lives of cancer patients throughout the state.”

Since 1997, the gala has raised more than $1.5 million toward research, medical equipment and infrastructure that benefit cancer patients, including the Ernest and Eugenia Wyatt Guest House and a mobile screening vehicle offering mammography and prostate screening services.

Ellis Fischel Cancer Center, a part of University of Missouri Health Care, is a certified member of The University of Texas MD Anderson Cancer Network®. Ellis Fischel Cancer Center offers patients with all types of cancers a comprehensive health team and innovative diagnostic and treatment options.

For more information about the 2014 Ellis Fischel Gala, please contact Dale Powers at (573) 884-1190 or (866) 260-4517 or visit