Sapphire Gala to Help More Than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians Suffering From Lung Disease

The American Lung Association in Pennsylvania is set to host the 28th Annual Sapphire Gala on Saturday, March 9, 2019, at the Radisson Hotel in Camp Hill, PA from 5:30 – 11:00 p.m. This elegant evening, which is sponsored by UPMC Pinnacle and Leitzel’ s Jewelers, will be a night to remember. Sapphire Gala guests will join the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania for a new theme this year – dipped in chocolate.

This night of luxury will include a cocktail hour featuring the opportunity to meet Gettysburg native, Miss Pennsylvania Kayla Repasky. Last fall, Miss Pennsylvania partnered with the Lung Association to help raise awareness of the importance of the flu vaccine. There will be a seated dinner and dessert, dancing, live entertainment, games and more! Live and silent auction items will be available for bidding, with all proceeds benefiting the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania in support of lung health research.

“The Sapphire Gala is an opportunity that brings together lung cancer patients and survivors, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and members of the community to raise awareness and attention to the No. 1 cancer killer in the United States – lung cancer, as well as other lung diseases such as COPD and asthma,” said Jeff Seyler, Eastern Division Chief Officer, American Lung Association.  “This year, we have the opportunity to honor not only Carmela Saxon and Melissa Bishop, but also all of our LUNG FORCE Heroes who are in this fight together.”

American Lung Association’s LUNG FORCE initiative raises both awareness and funds for lifesaving research on behalf of those affected by lung cancer – the number one cancer killer of men and women.

For 28 years, proceeds from the Gala have helped support the mission of the American Lung Association in Pennsylvania: to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through research, education, and advocacy. The evening highlights the fact that more than 1.7 million Pennsylvanians are suffering from chronic lung disease, like asthma and COPD; and 10,470 people were diagnosed with lung cancer in Pennsylvania in 2018.