About the American Cancer Society
Our mission is simple. Save lives and celebrate life.
Every single day.
Every action we take moves us one step closer to a world free from the pain and suffering of cancer. We do this by drawing on the values of humanity to encourage prevention, raise awareness, foster innovation, inspire generosity, deepen understanding and provide care.
We encourage prevention by advocating for lifesaving changes, promoting early screening, and empowering others to make healthy lifestyle choices.
We are relentless in our efforts to raise awareness by honoring the people we’ve lost, supporting those in treatment, and celebrating the lives we’ve saved.
We foster innovation by conducting groundbreaking research and funding pioneering scientists.
We inspire generosity by motivating communities to donate and mobilizing them to act.
We deepen understing one affected by cancer by delivering crucial health information and vital patient service.
ABOUT THE ABOA
The Associate Board of Ambassadors (ABOA) is the American Cancer Society's young professionals group who has raised over $1 million in the fight against cancer since its inception in 2007 through supporting Skyline Soiree and Discovery Ball.
ABOA members have the opportunity to network with others who are interested in making a difference in their community and significantly impacting the Society’s lifesaving mission.
Why join the ABOA?
Fundraise for a cause that
you believe in.
Network with high-quality group of Chicago professionals.
Build relationships with donating companies.
Attend premiere fundraising events.
at a glance
1. SERVE AS A COMMUNITY AMBASSADOR for the American Cancer Society’s mission and programs through recruitment, social media, and more.
2. ACHIEVE AN ANNUAL FUNDRAISING MINIMUM of $1,000 annual give/get.
3. PARTICIPATE ON AN ABOA TEAM to accomplish group fundraising goals.
4. PURCHASE A MINIMUM OF ONE TICKET TO SKYLINE SOIREE to be listed as a member of the Associate Board of Ambassadors.
5. ACTIVE INVOLVEMENT including attending ABOA meetings and committee meetings.
6. VOLUNTEER for at least one American Cancer Society event.
The Associate Board of Ambassadors supports the Discovery Ball and Skyline Soiree through silent auction item and sponsorship procurement:
As we celebrate our thirteenth annual Discovery Ball on April 27, 2019 at the Hiltonl in Chicago, this elegant black-tie gala promises to be a night you’ll never forget with its live and silent auctions, an extraordinary dinner, lively entertainment and late-night dancing.
Since 2007, the annual Discovery Ball has raised nearly $25 million to support the American Cancer Society's mission to save lives and create a world with less cancer by helping people stay well and get well.
The Skyline Soiree is a unique opportunity to support the mission of the American Cancer Society while mingling with young professional and philanthropic leaders from an array of industries for an unforgettable evening.
The twelfth annual Skyline Soiree will be held on September 13, 2019 at City Winery in Chicago. Festivities include cocktails and hors d'oeuvres, an amazing silent auction, raffle and incredible entertainment.
2019 ABOA Calendar
2019 ABOA Executive Leadership:
Adam Schlesinger, KPMG
NEW MEMBER &
Ryan McKinnon, Salesforce
MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Emily Fitzgerald, Swanson Martin & Bell
RECRUITMENT CHAIR: Jon Fink, CBRE
Ryan Massoth, CDW
SALES CHAIR: Rodolfo San Martin, ADM
Joelle Parks, OptumRx
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR
Kelly Nelson, Google
MISSION CHAIR: Becca Latham, Deerfield School District
MEMBER ENGAGEMENT CHAIR: Brittany Hughes, Cushman & Wakefield
Carrie Cihasky, PAWS
AUCTION CHAIR: Melissa Pugh, Jetset World Travel
EVENTS & MARKETING DIRECTOR
Meghan Barry, Optum
EVENT CHAIR: Mari Lehman, Zeller Realty Group
MARKETING CHAIR: Sara Abadi, Euromonitor International