18th Annual Chiera Dinner/Auction and Golf Classic to feature Renowned Artist Michael Israel Art of Caring to help kids battling cancer go to camp and college

West Palm Beach, FL. The 18th annual Nicholas R. Chiera Dinner/Auction and Golf Classic will take place this year on May 15th and 16th, 2011. Started by the Chiera family as a tribute to their father who passed away from cancer, this event has raised over 2.4 million dollars and sent thousands of kids with cancer to a very special camp created just for them.

This year’s dinner and auction will showcase world renowned artist Michael Israel and take place at the Delray Beach Marriott hotel in Delray Beach. The dinner and auction kick-off will be at 4pm on Sunday the 15th, with a golf tournament scheduled for the following morning at 7:30 am at Parkland Golf and Country Club.

“The Chiera family has helped thousands of children enjoy summer camp and forget about their cancer. Seeing the kids at this event who have gone to camp, recovered and are now going to college is a life changing experience” said Susan Lee, director of the American Cancer Society’s R.O.C.K. programs. Gold Medalist Bob Beamon, the 1968 Long Jump Gold medalist will also be in attendance at the event. Cover artist Neil Zirconia an amazing Neil Diamond tribute singer will also be performing live.

In addition to sending kids to summer camp, the event also funds and awards two college scholarships to cancer survivors as well as sends families dealing with cancer to a weekend retreat in Disney World. There are currently five students attending Florida Universities with the help of the Chiera scholarships.

“Our father would have been so proud knowing that his name was associated with such a wonderful cause,” said Louis Chiera, tournament co-chair. “It is such a great feeling meeting the children and young adults that benefit from this event.”

Presented by KSM Electronics, the 18th Annual Nicholas R. Chiera Dinner/Auction and Golf Classic’s Diamond and Gold Sponsors include; Macy’s, The BoMar Foundation, The Martha G. Moore Foundaton, Carousel Development, Event Links International, InCapital, The Kate Obstgarten Foundation Ocean Properties and the Delray Beach Marriott Hotel, Quicken Loans, Rume Corp, Summitt Brokerage, Weidenfeld Financial Group at Raymond James, and the Winner’s Award Group.

About the American Cancer Society

The American Cancer Society is dedicated to eliminating cancer by saving lives, diminishing suffering and preventing cancer through research, education, advocacy and service. In Florida, there are more than 65 offices, three Hope Lodge facilities and approximately 80,000 volunteers involved with American Cancer Society programs and activities. For more information, call toll free 1-800-ACS-2345 or visit www.cancer.org.

About the Boggy Creek Camp

Founded by Paul Newman and General Norman Schwartzkopf, the Boggy Creek Camp in Eustis, Florida is a state-of-the-art summer camp that helps children with special needs enjoy swimming, canoeing, archery, arts and crafts and other fun summer camp activities, but with round-the-clock medical care close at hand.

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