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First & Gold Gala a Big Success

NBC Sports reporter, Katie Osborne, patient speaker Mary Tipton Carter and Curing Kids Cancer founder Grainne Owen posed at the First and Gold Gala.
NBC Sports reporter Katie Osborne, patient Mary Tipton and Curing Kids Cancer Founder Grainne Owen 

 Curing Kids Cancer is Punting Away Childhood Cancers

Atlanta– August 16, 2017 – The First and Gold Gala honoring College Gameday’s Lee Corso raised more than $155,000 for the most innovative childhood cancer therapies across the United States and Canada.

Football legends, ESPN and local Atlanta companies all attended a record-breaking Curing Kids Cancer event at the College Football Hall of Fame as Lee Corso was honored for his decade of service to Curing Kids Cancer.

Corso has been the chairman of Curing Kids Cancer’s executive advisory board and chairman of Coaches Curing Kids Cancer by being a steadfast supporter of our mission to find cures for childhood cancers.

“Since he became the honorary Chairman of Curing Kids Cancer, Lee has devoted his time and talent to help us further our mission, which is to fund innovative research and treatments to find cures for all childhood cancers in our lifetime,” said Curing Kids Cancer founder and president Grainne Owen.

Gala guests had the chance to tour the College Football Hall of Fame with interactive All-Access passes, bid on first class silent and live auction items including badges to the 2017 Masters tournament, jewelry from Pure Inspired Jewels With A Purpose and a trips to Park City, Utah, Greece and more. With special song from Zach Seabaugh, the evening went by quickly and was highlighted by the evening's host Tony Barnhart from the SEC Network. Special video messages from Coach Corso's friends from ESPN were played. World renowned Dr. David Poplack from Texas Children's Hospital spoke about the importance of funding for childhood cancer research. We also heard from patient family, Nicole Carter and her daughter Mary Tipton who battled a form of ovarian cancer. Stay on the lookout for the dates of next year's event. 

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Special thanks to Mecum Auction's head auctioneer Mark Delzell and Jimmy Landis for leading an exciting live auction of 7 items and the call-to-fund donation portion of the evening. Gala guests came together and raised more than $25,000 in ten minutes.  

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Photos From The Evening

For photos from the ShutterBooth photo booth, please click here. Guests that attended the First and Gold Gala can now view and download photographs from the evening.

For event photos from our photographer, Photography By Zelda, please click here.