By Kathy L. Collins

Do you know what color ribbon represents lung cancer? It is white. The fact that no one seems to know this was once lamented by Barbara Bauer who passed away this past November from small cell lung cancer. In an effort to honor her life and courage and to help raise funds for lung cancer research, Barbara’s friends have created the White Ribbon SoirĂ©e.

The event, benefitting Moffitt Cancer Center’s Prelude To A Cure, will be held during Lung Cancer Awareness month, on Friday, November 8 from 7-10 p.m. at Center Place located at 619 Vonderburg Dr. in Brandon. Tickets are $75 per person and must be purchased in advance.

The evening will feature delectable food prepared by Chef Dave West of the Rolling Pin. Entertainment will be provided by smooth jazz recording artist, Mike MacArthur, along with vocalist, Dani MacArthur. Dr. Larry Robinson, co-founder of Prelude To A Cure, will be guest speaker. Darren Denington, Chairman of the Board for the Brandon Chamber of Commerce, will be the evening’s emcee.

Along with fabulous food, drink and entertainment, attendees will be able to bid on a “Not So Silent Auction,” 50/50 and much more.

Debbie Ploor, owner of Orange Home Accessories, was a friend of Barbara’s. “I met Barbara at Core Fitness. She was hard-working and passionate about staying in shape. She inspired a lot of people,” said Ploor. “Many people do not realize that lung cancer is the number one killer of both men and women. There is no cure for small cell lung cancer and that is one of the reasons for this event,” added Ploor.

The mission of Prelude To A Cure is to eradicate lung cancer by supporting national research studies and activities focused on improving survival rates and the quality of life for all lung cancer patients.

Even before people step foot in to Center Place on November 8, the hardworking committee led by Ploor will have raised $20,000. “Every dime we raise will go to lung cancer research,” said Ploor. “The amount we have raised to date will fund one research project,” added Ploor.

For more information, please contact Ploor at or call 681-8686.


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