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American Cancer Society Riviera Ball on November 21 Honors Celebrity Survivors at Bacara Resort & Spa

American Cancer Society Riviera Ball on November 21 Honors Celebrity Survivors at Bacara Resort & Spa
Cancer Survivors Simone I. Smith, Doug Davis and 11-year-old Lexi Brown raise funds for cutting-edge research and local patient services

Santa Barbara – September 22, 2015 – The American Cancer Society’s Riviera Ball on November 21 will honor a trio of high-profile cancer survivors with very different stories in the Spanish colonial warmth of Santa Barbara’s Bacara Resort and Spa overlooking the Pacific Ocean.

Jewelry designer Simone I. Smith (wife of LL Cool J), entertainment law icon Doug Davis (son of Clive Davis) and 11-year-old Lexi Brown of Santa Maria will share their cancer journeys during the evening, proceeds of which fund the Society’s groundbreaking research program; free services for cancer patients, their families and caregivers; early detection and prevention programs; and advocacy to assure equal access to quality cancer care for all. To date, the early work of 47 Nobel Prize-winning scientists has been funded by the Society. Nearly $52 million supports the work of 103 California researchers this year.

In 2014, honoree Lexi Brown was diagnosed with fibroblastic sarcoma, a cancer of the connective tissue. The cancer recently surfaced again, this time in her lungs. Lexi says that although it can be hard, she’s going to battle with the positive attitude and competitive fire she displays as a defender for the Orcutt Crusaders Football Club, two traits she learned from her parents.

“It’s really overwhelming because of how many people there are supporting me and how many people that I’m representing,” Lexi said. “And it feels good because I feel like I’m helping them with something. I’m just like a spokesperson for all the other people with cancer, and I feel honored for that.” Lexi’s courage was recognized by the Santa Barbara County Supervisors as they proclaimed September “Childhood Cancer Month.”

Simone I. Smith, wife of entertainment icon LL COOL J, is the mother of four and the designer of her eponymous jewelry line. But most of all, Simone is a woman of strength, integrity and style. In 2004, she received a life-altering diagnosis of stage III chondrosarcoma, a rare form of bone cancer that required surgical replacement of her right tibia bone with her left fibula bone. The experience tested, and renewed her faith and sparked her desire to give back.

In 2011, Simone launched her signature jewelry collection, Simone I. Smith, with two goals in mind: to transform her life-long affection for accessories into a thriving enterprise, and to offer a helping hand to those in need. As an 11-year cancer survivor, she finds as much joy in designing earrings, bracelets and her popular “A Sweet Touch of Hope” lollipop pendants. A portion of the proceeds of Simone I. Smith jewelry purchase goes to the American Cancer Society.

“I am so grateful to be honored at this year’s Riviera Ball. As a jewelry designer and an 11-year cancer survivor, it is a tremendous pleasure to be able to continue this lifesaving work with the American Cancer Society and combine my love for accessories with my determination to end the battle against cancer.”
Doug Davis is an entertainment entrepreneur, event producer and founder of The Davis Firm, PLLC, one of the country’s most prominent music, entertainment and sports law firms. During a 2007 emergency appendectomy, his surgeon discovered a carcinoid cancer tumor that had spread to nearby lymph nodes. Two surgeries and eight months of chemotherapy later, Doug is now an eight-year cancer survivor. The incident changed the course of Doug’s life and he is now a tireless campaigner to raise funds and awareness for early detection, research, and compassionate care for cancer patients.
Mr. Davis is executive producer of the legendary annual Clive Davis pre-Grammy gala and has been featured in The Wall Street Journal, The New York Times, The New Yorker, Billboard Magazine, ESPN The Magazine and The New York Post, among others. In 2012 The Hollywood Reporter called Mr. Davis’s Twitter (@DJD) one of the “Top 5 Music Power” accounts, and in 2013 the UJA named Mr. Davis to its prestigious 40 Under 40 list of industry leaders. Mr. Davis received a J.D. from Fordham Law School and a B.A. from the Maxwell School at Syracuse University. He sits on boards of the Music For Youth Foundation; the Forum on Law, Culture & Society; the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music at New York University; and F– Cancer. He serves on the City Of Hope National Medical Center executive committee, on the annual MMRF Gala entertainment committee, and on the UJA-Federation of New York’s entertainment and media committee, for which he has chaired fundraising events.
“When you are diagnosed with a rare and life-threatening illness, the confusion and lack of knowledge is overwhelming,” Davis says. “It’s important to me there is research, access to a patient support network with knowledgeable assistance and their families, and guidance for people like me to get the best treatment.”
A Sponsor VIP Reception will be held at 5:00 pm. An elegant cocktail reception and silent auction begins at 6:00 pm followed by a world-class gourmet dinner and live auction. There will be stellar entertainment throughout the evening. A few of this year’s sponsors include: Agilent Technologies, Lady Leslie Ridley-Tree, LASH Construction and Cottage Health System. KSBY/NBC is once again back as Media Sponsor.
Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities are available. For more information contact Sylvia Henry at 805.644.4237, ext. 209, or Sylvia.henry@cancer.org

About the American Cancer Society
The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 2.5 million volunteers saving lives and fighting for every birthday threatened by every cancer in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 22 percent decline in cancer death rates in the US during the past two decades, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. Thanks in part to our progress nearly 14.5 million Americans who have had cancer and countless more who have avoided it will celebrate more birthdays this year. We are determined to finish the fight against cancer. As the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, we’re finding cures and ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings, clean air, and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org or call us anytime, day or night, at 1-800-227-2345.

Contact

Sylvia Henry | Development Manager, Distinguished Events
California Division | American Cancer Society, Inc.
2186 Knoll Dr Suite A
Ventura, CA 93003
Phone: 805.644.4237, ext. 209
cancer.org | 1.800.227.2345

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