The American Cancer Society's Party With a Purpose will be held at 6 p.m. Friday at The Calvin House, Duncansville.
This year's theme is "The Roaring '20s.''
The event will feature elegant cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, a martini bar, dinner, dancing to Kent Martin, gaming and music by Zupe and a silent auction.
The American Cancer Society’s Party With A Purpose committee members take time from preparations for their upcoming event “The Roaring ’20s,’’ to be held at 6 p.m. Friday at The Calvin House, Duncansville. Shown are (from left): Roz Sky, Jan Andrews, Louise Barner, Betsy Garach, Lisa Michelone, Mary Ellen Jones and Judy Halbritter. Ellie Spangler was absent when the photo was taken. Tickets are still available by calling the American Cancer Society at 695-9232.
Auction items will include gift baskets and items from area businesses, overnight packages to the Bedford Springs Hotel; Toftrees Resort, State College; the Carnegie Inn and Spa, State College; and a three-night package to the Sea Watch Resort (ocean-front condo) in Myrtle Beach, S.C., and more.
At the event, the society will honor C. David Kimmel with its highest honor, the Shirley A. Pechter Pinnacle Award, an award to recognize notable volunteer achievements and accomplishments in furthering the mission of the American Cancer Society in Blair County. It is named for its first recipient, Shirley A. Pechter.
During his more than 48 years of continuous involvement with the Cancer Society, Kimmel's commitment to the fight against cancer has been demonstrated by many achievements in fundraising and cancer education.
His involvement began in 1963, when he was asked to serve as co-chairman of the Blair Unit's annual crusade, at the time the major annual fundraising event of the society on a local level.
Since then, he has been involved in practically every segment of the American Cancer Society's programs and activities.
He has served on the unit's leadership council several times, serving as president and chairman of various committees and special events over the years. Kimmel also served on the board of directors of the American Cancer Society's Pennsylvania Division.
He was involved in a number of projects on a local and regional basis, with one of the highlights being a program he and Marcia Satryan, developed and directed that involved more than 12,000 high school students in Central Pennsylvania and WTAJ.
The program "A Pinch Could Get Cha" was designed to educate high school students on the serious problem of smokeless tobacco and received national attention for its uniqueness in attracting student involvement.
Kimmel has served as a Daffodil Days chairman and served on planning committees for Making Strides Against Cancer (an event that preceded Relay For Life), Culinary Carousel and Grocer's Day - but perhaps his greatest passion has been the society's Relay For Life event.
He has been involved on the local, state and national levels, and he helped organize the unit's first Relay and became chairman of the event the third year.
During his five years as chairman, the event grew from a $43,000 event to a $400,000 event and received numerous state and national awards and recognition.
He was named to the Pennsylvania Division Relay For Life Task Force; served as a planning committee member and presenter for several national conferences for Relay For Life for Volunteers; served on the national planning committee for the society's Washington, D.C., Celebration on the Hill event and was asked to create the luminaria service on the National Mall; and created the luminaria service for the Pennsylvania Division's Celebration on the Hill event at the State Capitol.
Tickets are still available. The price is $125 per person. For tickets and more information, call the Cancer Society at 695-9232.