Special to the Illinois Business Journal
ALTON – The American Cancer Society’s 45th Annual Mardi Gras Ball, hosted by John Simmons and the law firm Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC, has raised a record-breaking amount of $372,000 for the society. The amount is the most in the 45 year history of the event, which took place Feb. 17 at the Gateway Convention Center in Collinsville, Ill., and welcomed nearly 800 people.
“It was very inspirational to see people from all parts of our community fight back against cancer,” said Brett Schuette, Senior Market Manager for the American Cancer Society. “Together, we celebrated those surviving cancer, remembered loved ones lost too soon, and took action to finish the fight once and for all.”
This was the first year that John Simmons and the firm served as host and presenting sponsor of the ball, which was masquerade and black tie optional.
“It was an honor to partner with the American Cancer Society as host of its annual Mardi Gras Ball and support the organization in its important mission to eradicate cancer,” said Simmons. “As a law firm that represents people who’ve been diagnosed with mesothelioma, a rare cancer caused by asbestos-exposure, we understand the devastating effects a cancer diagnosis has on our loved ones, families and communities and look forward to the day when there is a cure.”
Simmons Hanly Conroy is one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms and a leading voice for victims of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. The firm’s passion for improving the lives of asbestos cancer victims and their families extends outside the courtroom with the support of charitable activities related to cancer research. Since 1999, the firm has donated over $20 million to cancer research.
The money raised by the Mardi Gras ball was given through a combination of corporate sponsorships, private donations, tickets to the event and proceeds from the live and silent auctions. In addition, volunteers from the firm, Alton Little Theatre, and the local chapter of the American Cancer Society donated countless hours to plan and organize the event.
“I would like to especially recognize all the volunteers for the time they gave to plan and organize this year’s ball,” Simmons said. “It’s because of their hard work over many months that the event was such a spectacular success.”
Simmons said he would also like to thank the following businesses for their financial leadership of the ball: Alton Steel, Inc.; Becker, Schroader & Chapman, P.C.; First Clover Leaf Bank; Gori Julian & Associates, P.C.; Helkamp Construction, Co.; PolhmanUSA; Scott Credit Union; Stratos Legal; St. Anthony’s Health Center; and The Tedrick Group.
For more information, please contact the American Cancer Society office at (618) 288-2320 option 3 or visit www.acsMardiGrasBall.com.
About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society combines an unyielding passion with nearly a century of experience to save lives and end suffering from cancer. As a global grassroots force with more than 100,000 volunteers in Illinois and millions elsewhere, we fight for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. We save lives by helping people stay well, by helping people get well, by finding cures and by fighting back. As the nation’s largest non-governmental investor in cancer research, we turn what we know about cancer into what we do. As a result, more than 11 million people in America who have had cancer, and countless more who have avoided it, will be celebrating birthdays this year. To learn more or get help, call us any time at 1-800-227-2345 or visit cancer.org.
About Simmons Hanly Conroy, LLC
Simmons Hanly Conroy LLC is one of the nation’s largest mass tort law firms and a leading voice for victims of mesothelioma and asbestos exposure. The firm’s attorneys have recovered more than $4 billion in verdicts and settlements for individuals in asbestos-related litigation, including the largest-ever U.S. verdict ($250 million) for a single plaintiff. The firm also represents plaintiffs nationwide in pharmaceutical, consumer protection, environmental and personal injury cases, as well as small and mid-size corporations, inventors and entrepreneurs in matters involving intellectual property infringement and business litigation. Offices are located in New York City, Chicago, San Francisco, Los Angeles, St. Louis, and Alton, Ill. Read more at www.simmonsfirm.com.