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Lights of Life Gala to Take Place on February 27 at Dover Downs

Date: January 20, 2016

Beth Krallis
Communications Director  
Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, Inc.   
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DOVER, DE (January 20, 2016)—The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition (DBCC) is pleased to announce the Lights of Life gala (formerly known as Southern Lights of Life) will take place on Saturday, February 27, from 7:00 pm to midnight at Dover Downs Hotel & Casino. This year’s celebration will be a commemoration of the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s twenty-five years of service to the community. It is Delaware’s premier breast cancer fundraiser with all proceeds benefiting DBCC’s programs and services in the local community. Through fundraising efforts, DBCC proudly serves nearly 6,000 women and men a year in Delaware.

Lights of Life involves a sensational evening of Living and Giving. The evening will begin with gourmet food stations, cocktails, and exciting live and silent auctions from 7pm to 10pm. The live auction will feature one-of-a-kind trips, experiences, and tickets like an eight day Rhine or Danube Cruise for two, four tickets to Kenny Chesney’s “Spread the Love Tour”, and more. The 10pm to midnight hours will include live music by local cover band Kristen and the Noise followed by dancing and a cash bar.

Each year, community members support the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition’s Lights of Life gala through donations, volunteering, sponsorships, and attendance in a cooperative effort to come together and support our neighbors faced with breast cancer. Individual reservations are $150 with various levels of sponsorship beginning at $500. The 2016 Southern Lights of Life co-chairs are Susan Chinnici, Gerri Coble, Michele Domenick, MD, Patricia Key, CPA, Kelli Meoli, Okemah Strickland, and Claire Zaragoza. This year’s honorary chair is Don Tricarico, RN, MSA, CNOR. As of January 12, major 2016 event sponsors include Bayhealth Medical Center, M&T Bank, the Chinnici Family, Highmark Delaware, George and Lynch, Beebe Healthcare, Macy’s, Harrington Raceway, Nanticoke Medical Center, Regional Hematology and Oncology, SSD Technology, Tanger Outlets, Horty, Ciro and Laura Poppiti, Helen F. Graham Cancer Center at Christiana Care Health Systems, Wealth Management, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, L&W Insurance, IG Burton BMW, Delaware State News, Delmarva Power, Kent County Women’s Journal, and Delmarva Broadcasting Company of Milford. Additional sponsors will be disclosed at the event.

“This year’s Lights of Life gala will be a true statewide celebration,” noted Vicky Cooke, the executive director at the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition. “We are thrilled to be bringing together survivors, community members, and friends of the agency in recognition of 25 years of service in the community. Over the last two and a half decades, the mortality rate of breast cancer has decreased but the incidence continues rise. We are proud to be this state’s most trusted breast cancer resource and will continue to provide support and resources to thousands of women and men who have been affected by breast cancer in Delaware and our surrounding communities.”

The generous support of the community enabled DBCC to raise over $152,000 at the 2015 Southern Lights of Life gala.  The funds were used to support breast cancer programs in Delaware which increase breast cancer awareness, promote the importance of early detection, provide access to mammograms and bilingual health navigators, and deliver support and resources to women and men who have been diagnosed with breast cancer.


About DBCC:

The Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition is a 501(c)(3) organization offering statewide programs and services of education, outreach, and early detection and treatment of breast cancer. Its mission is to create a community where every person diagnosed with breast cancer is a survivor, and fear and doubt are replaced with knowledge and hope.

Headquartered in Wilmington with offices in Sussex and Kent Counties, DBCC’s programs reach diverse communities to deliver messages that address their unique concerns about breast cancer and early detection. Recognizing the barriers of language, culture, and economics, DBCC trains community advocates to educate and encourage women to take responsibility for breast health. DBCC helps women with low incomes and those with little or no insurance to receive free or reduced-cost care. 

DBCC also supports the National Breast Cancer Coalition and their research efforts by helping to facilitate participation in local clinical trials. All funds raised for DBCC support programs in Delaware and the neighboring areas in Pennsylvania, Maryland, and New Jersey.

For more information about the Delaware Breast Cancer Coalition, call 866-312-DBCC (3222) or visit the website at