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MAY 21: You are invited to our first-ever virtual Discovery Ball

​Chicago’s top-rated fundraiser and premier gala expands to global audience; register now for the May 21 event

Powerhouse tech companies Salesforce, a customer relationship management solution we know well, and G2, the world’s leading business software and review platform, are joining forces as sponsors of our 2020 Discovery Ball

In a bold first, this year’s Discovery Ball - happening this Thursday evening - will not only be experienced virtually, but is inviting participants across the country and around the world to attend. 

Registration is free. Please visit the event's website to secure your place. The pre-show begins at 7:30 p.m. ET; the main event at 8 p.m. ET.  

Watch this promotional video.

Organizers have planned an evening full of speakers and entertainment, including comedian Adam Cayton-Holland; a virtual cocktail-making session; a participatory social media experience; an appearance by our CEO Gary Reedy; and a message from Chicago’s Mayor Lori Lightfoot. It will be hosted by NBC5’s Chicago Today hosts, Matthew Rodrigues and Cortney Hall. 

We will be spotlighting community partner Tempus and its CEO, Eric Lefkosky, whose company develops data-driven precision medicine.

Godard Abel, CEO of G2, along with his 2020 Discovery Ball co-chair Tyler Prince, executive vice president, Salesforce, are excited about the new possibilities. 

"We’re really excited about how things have come together, especially amid these challenging times,” said Abel. “The Discovery Ball is an incredible opportunity for the business community to bring the American Cancer Society mission to their work through a virtual experience. Unfortunately, cancer touches everyone of us in some way, and working with the Society is one way our organizations are making an impact on the fight.”

Each year, more than 800 guests attend the Discovery Ball. This year, its 14th anniversary, the theme is “Be Bold and Rise Up.” Since its inception, the gala has raised more than $36 million.

“No doubt the event will feel differently to some this year,” said Gary. “But even though we are apart, we still stand together, knowing one thing hasn’t changed. We will still continue to be relentless in our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer. Now is the time for us to double down and not let up.”

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