Cleveland Clinic’s “The Social: An Evening of Hope” aims to raise funds for cancer patient support services.

Funds raised from the Oct. 11 event will directly support patient services such as music therapy, art therapy, reiki, wigs, yoga, massage, transportation assistance and financial assistance when one’s treatment affects their ability to work.

“Benefits like The Social are really important,” said Christa Poole, clinical manager of social work for Cleveland Clinic’s Taussig Cancer Institute. “We’re always looking to raise more and more, because one of the things that we want to be able to do is offer these services regardless of (which Cleveland Clinic hospital) patients are receiving care.”

Champions of Hope Recipients class of 2019 are: Lia Augoustidis, patient champion; Amanda Maggiotto, Cleveland Clinic caregiver champion; and Margaret Giltinan, philanthropic champion.

The event helped more than 19,000 patients last year according to Cleveland Clinic.

“We had a successful event last year,” Poole said, noting there were more than 200 attendees. “We’re hoping that this year will be even more successful in generating more dollars to contribute towards these services.”

Poole described the event, which will be hosted at The Madison in Cleveland, as fun-filled.

Food Network Star, local chef and restaurateur Chris Hodgson will be preparing “great food,” she said, there will also be craft spirits offered and “lots of dancing.”

“We’ll also hear from patients and individuals who support these services. So it’ll be a really nice event to really shed a spotlight on providing people care.”

Poole said this event differs from most hospital fundraisers, which are often geared towards generating money for research and other forms of medical care.

“This is really focusing on ... people care and whole person care and making certain that ... we’re addressing all the needs of our patients and family,” she said.

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