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.

ENCOURAGE PREVENTION
We encourage prevention by advocating for lifesaving changes, promoting early  screening, and empowering others to make healthy lifestyle choices.

RAISE AWARENESS
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.

FOSTER INNOVATION
We foster innovation by conducting groundbreaking research and funding pioneering scientists.

INSPIRE GENEROSITY
We inspire generosity by motivating communities to donate and mobilizing them to act.

DEEPEN UNDERSTANDING
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?

Save Lives

Fundraise for a cause that

you believe in. 

Network

Network with high-quality group of Chicago professionals.

Grow

Build relationships with donating companies.

Fun

Attend premiere fundraising events.

2019 MEMBERship

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:

Discovery Ball

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.

Skyline Soiree

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:

PRESIDENT
Adam Schlesinger, KPMG


NEW MEMBER &

RECRUITMENT DIRECTOR
Ryan McKinnon, Salesforce

MEMBERSHIP CHAIR: Emily Fitzgerald, Swanson Martin & Bell

RECRUITMENT CHAIR: Jon Fink, CBRE


SALES DIRECTOR

Ryan Massoth, CDW

SALES CHAIR: Rodolfo San Martin, ADM





 

VICE PRESIDENT
Joelle Parks, OptumRx


MEMBER ENGAGEMENT DIRECTOR

Kelly Nelson, Google

MISSION CHAIR: Becca Latham, Deerfield School District

MEMBER ENGAGEMENT CHAIR: Brittany Hughes, Cushman & Wakefield


AUCTION DIRECTOR

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

 

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