American Cancer Society presents 'One Enchanted Evening'

It may be an excuse to put on your dancing shoes and order your favorite cocktail, but this year's Crusaders' Ball is, most importantly, a time to support a good cause.

The invite list for the 33rd annual American Cancer Society charity ball includes some of Gwinnett County's finest.

Hundreds of women in floor-length dresses and men in debonair black suits will gather at the Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place Oct. 20 for dinner, drinks and a live and silent auction.

"It has such a great history with Gwinnett County as the oldest and grandest ball," said American Cancer Society area director Randy Redner. "It allows us to talk about the American Cancer Society in a different way and get to a different part of our community."

Since the ball began 33 years ago, more than $6 million has been raised. Redner said last year's ball raised a total of $230,000, and he hopes this year will bring in close to $250,000.

About 350 tickets have been sold for this year's event, said the group's income manager Adrienne Rissley, but she's hoping to sell 550 tickets total and fill the ballroom this year.

The theme of this year's ball is "One Enchanted Evening."

"We'll have a large silent and live auction, games, like arcade games, and raffles," Rissley said.

The Victory Jazz Orchestra will provide background tunes for the evening and set the scene for the Survivors' Dance, which will be the first dance of the night, Rissley said.

Guest speakers will share their stories of survival and triumph over cancer as the night progresses.

The sale of each $150 ticket will go toward the research, education and outreach efforts of the American Cancer Society.

SideBar: If You Go

- What: American Cancer Society's Crusaders' Ball

- When: 6 p.m. to midnight Oct. 20. Cocktails begin at 6 p.m. and doors open at 7:30 p.m.

- Where: Atlanta Marriott Gwinnett Place ballroom, 1775 Pleasant Hill Road, Duluth

- Cost: Tickets are $150.

- Info: The event is black-tie optional. To purchase tickets, call the American Cancer Society's Gwinnett office at 770-814-0123 or e-mail Adrienne Rissley at adrienne.rissley@cancer.org.