NOV. 5, 2004 | Five-time Grammy winner Al Jarreau gave guests at the ninth annual Arkansas Cancer Research Center’s Gala for Life a memorable evening of entertainment in celebration of the work done by the ACRC at the University of Arkansas for Medical Sciences (UAMS).
More than $300,000 was raised for the ACRC during the Sept. 29 event at the Peabody Little Rock featuring the renowned jazz-pop vocalist. A crowd of more than 600 heard Jarreau present an hour of his classics mixed with newer tunes that showed his dynamic range, including medleys of his hits such as “We’re in This Love Together” and the theme from the TV show “Moonlighting.”
He was preceded by dancing to the sounds of the popular Ramona and the Soul Rhythms.
Organized by the ACRC Foundation’s Board of Directors, the black-tie event raised money for cancer research and patient care. Ralph Sanderson, Ph.D., associate director for the Department of Pathology in the UAMS College of Medicine, served as master of ceremonies for the evening.
James Y. Suen, M.D., director of the ACRC, and Frederick Eugene Joyce, M.D., chair of the ACRC Board of Directors, addressed the crowd and thanked them for their continued support.
“The battle against cancer is difficult and costly but our cancer center is filled with reminders of our successes and with reasons to continue the fight,” Suen said. “The Gala for Life gives us an opportunity to celebrate the support we receive that allows us to continue our mission to save lives and find a cure for cancer.”
Supporters of the ACRC and UAMS enjoyed a cocktail reception, dinner and dancing.
Benefactors for the event were Affiliated Foods, the Oaklawn Jockey Club and an anonymous donor.
Gala patrons were Bailey Properties, LLC, Bank of America, The Brown Foundation, Pat and Bill Carlton, Sandra and Robert C. Connor, Mary Louise and Poindexter Fiser, Mary Kay and F.E. Joyce, Millennium, Elizabeth Pruet, Lisenne and Lt. Gov. Win Rockefeller, Mary Lynn and Bronson Van Wyck and Pat Walker.
Gala sponsors included Alltel, the ACRC Auxiliary, Cooper Communities, the Department of Radiology at UAMS, Hickingbotham Investments, Lexicon Inc./Marge and Tom Schuek, Regions Bank, Stephens Inc. and Strauss Distributors.