Monday, August 1, 2011

Marli Ovarian Cancer Foundation to Host Marli's Birthday Gala & Fundraiser August 20

MIAMI BEACH, Fla. - July 27, 2011 - The Message From Marli Foundation, a South Florida-based organization focused on national ovarian cancer awareness, will host a fundraising gala at Smith & Wollensky in Miami Beach August 20. Titled, Marli's Birthday Gala, the elegant evening includes red carpet arrivals, delightful cocktails, delectable food, plus a special live and silent auction featuring luxury items such as sport memorabilia, jewelry, and vacations.

Visionary historical, portrait, and still life painter Christopher Still will be the honorary guest speaker. Still is best known for his large-scale works such as the collection of murals commissioned by the Florida House of Representatives for the House Chambers, in the State's Capitol.

The event is expected to attract a host of leading medical professionals, business executives, and civic-minded individuals.

More details about the event:

When: Saturday, August 20, 2011
Reception: 6:00 p.m.
Dinner: 7:00 p.m.

Where: Smith & Wollensky, 1 Washington Ave, Miami Beach, FL 33139

$300 per couple
$1000/Table of six (includes ¼ page ad in event program)
$1200/Table of six (includes full page ad in event program)

Additional Details:
Dinner and drinks included - Semi-formal attire

Claudia Rey 305-905-1997

About Message From Marli Foundation (MFM)
MFM is a non-profit, charitable organization founded in 2010 to help raise awareness about ovarian cancer and to advocate for early detection of the disease. Following Marlene Wolff's Stage IV diagnosis, her husband and three children created the foundation to help educate women and medical professionals about the symptoms of the "silent killer" because once the symptoms become evident, the disease has advanced to the most dangerous levels.

By helping women become aware of ovarian cancer symptoms, it is our mission that we can help them receive early diagnosis and treatment. According to the American Cancer Society, Ovarian Cancer is the deadliest gynecologic cancer and the fifth leading cause of death in women in the United States with 22,000 women diagnosed annually. 80% of them are diagnosed at stage III or IV. The five-year survivability for this disease when diagnosed in the latter stages is approximately 15%. When diagnosed at stage I or II, the five-year survivability increases to 90%.

The funds donated to the foundation are used to create a variety of informational resources regarding ovarian cancer thus extending Message from Marli's global campaign. The literature produced is used to supply medical organizations with valuable information for patients, families, and caregivers at institutions such as the University of Miami Sylvester Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For more details on ovarian cancer, to contact us, or to donate, please visit

About Christopher M. Still
Christopher Still Is a native Floridian who received a full scholarship through a national competition to the Pennsylvania Academy of Fine Arts and continued his studies with courses in human anatomy at Jefferson Medical School and apprenticeship in traditional techniques in Florence, Italy.

After returning to the Pennsylvania Academy, the artist earned awards for outstanding accomplishment in painting, a European Travel Fellowship, and the Pennsylvania Governor's Award for outstanding accomplishment in Fine Art.

Christopher returned to Tampa Bay in 1986 to explore his home state through his art with "the new eyes he had received through education." His paintings can be found in museums and private collections including the Governor's Mansion of Florida and the Smithsonian Institution. Locally his work can be seen at the St. Petersburg City Hall, Tampa International Airport and most recently the Sandpearl Resort on Clearwater Beach.

Of special note are ten murals commissioned by the Florida House of Representatives in which the artist depicts Florida's historic and natural beauty.

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