Kelly Cares Honors Dr. Sharon Stack and Harper Cancer Research Institute with the Playmaker of the Year Award at the Power of Pink Cocktail Party
The third annual Power of Pink Cocktail Party is part of Paqui’s Playbook Series presented by United Federal Credit Union
South Bend, IN – October 21, 2019 – In recognition of their contributions to cancer research and care, Coach Brian and Paqui Kelly will honor Dr. Sharon Stack and Harper Cancer Research Institute as the 2019 Playmaker of the Year at the Power of Pink Cocktail Party on Wednesday, October 23, 2019. The cocktail party, the third event of Paqui’s Playbook Series presented by United Federal Credit Union, is an evening dedicated to raising funds for cancer research and honoring Kelly Cares’ Playmaker of the Year. Timed to coincide with Breast Cancer Awareness month, Paqui’s Playbook is a series of events each October with an emphasis on breast cancer awareness and healthy living initiatives.
The Playmaker of the Year Award, presented by the Kelly Cares Foundation and its co-founders Brian and Paqui Kelly, honors an individual or group that serves as a catalyst for immediate, positive change in the Greater South Bend community. This Playmaker exemplifies leadership, resilience, and drive. While celebrated during breast cancer awareness month, this Playmaker can have an impact in a variety of fields in our community.
At the Power of Pink Cocktail Party, guests will enjoy a silent auction, hors d’oeuvres, cocktails and spectacular views of the Notre Dame Football field. The event will be held at the Downes Club of Notre Dame Football Stadium. Tricia Sloma of WNDU-TV will serve as the emcee.
“Brian and I are so thrilled to honor Dr. Sharon Stack and Harper Cancer Research Institute with the 2019 Playmaker of the Year Award,” says Paqui Kelly, co-founder of the Kelly Cares Foundation. “The research that she and the Harper Cancer Research Institute conducts is truly groundbreaking. Because of their work, we are closer to finding a cure for cancer.”
"The support of the Kelly Cares Foundation is instrumental in helping Harper research teams to accelerate the pace of discovery and move our research forward to have a positive impact on the survival of cancer patients," says Dr. Sharon Stack, Director of Harper Cancer Research Institute and Professor of Chemistry & Biochemistry at the University of Notre Dame.
The Kelly Cares Foundation and Harper Cancer Research Institute are committed to finding a cure for cancer. The Kelly Cares Foundation currently funds three research projects at the Harper Cancer Research Institute: building a better mammogram, stopping cancer metastasis, and improving chemotherapy.
Paqui’s Playbook Series is presented by United Federal Credit Union and St. Joseph Health System serves as the Official Healthcare Provider.
Interviews with Paqui Kelly and Coach Kelly will be available on-site at the Power of Pink Cocktail Party from 6:15 p.m. – 6:45 p.m. Please contact Sara Iannone at sara.iannone@
For more information on the Power of Pink Cocktail Party, please visit https://www.
About Kelly Cares Foundation
The Kelly Cares Foundation, now in its eleventh year, has established itself as a “Playbook for Hope.” The Foundation’s mission strengthens communities and inspires hope by investing resources to improve Health and Education. The communities touched by the Foundation are a model of educational success and wellness that provide hope and inspiration to all.
Since its founding in 2008, the Kelly Cares Foundation has donated over $5.4 million to support causes locally, nationally and globally. Some organizations that have received contributions from the Foundation include the Breast Cancer Research Foundation, The Paqui and Brian Kelly Comprehensive Breast Center, The University of Notre Dame, Breezy Point Disaster Relief Fund, Andean Health Global, Ronald McDonald House Charities, Memorial Children's Hospital, Boys & Girls Club, and the YMCA.
To learn more about the Kelly Cares Foundation and its initiatives, visit www.kellycaresfoundation.org.
Posted on October 22, 2019