Deets: Rhonda’s Kiss, the national non-profit created to help cancer patients in need, focusing on the non-medical expenses associated with cancer, will host their Inaugural fundraiser the “Good Fortune Gala” on May 6th at TAO Los Angeles in Hollywood. Rhonda’s Kiss is passionate about giving financial assistance to cancer patients and their families suffering from the immense costs associated with the disease, by implementing fundraising initiatives and programming efforts year round to support their mission.
Through these campaigns, led by Executive Director Kyle Stefanski, the organization works to help raise awareness and yield funding towards cancer programs to support those struggling with the financial burden that accompanies the treatment of the disease. They focus their attention on funding efforts to establish patient assistance programs at world class hospitals, specifically City of Hope, Cleveland Clinic and Cedars Sinai.
This year, entertainment at the gala will include a live performance by Grammy winning musical artist Robin Thicke as well as notable actor and Sinatra singer Robert Davi.
Background on Rhonda’s Kiss
In 2014 Rhonda Stefanski was diagnosed with stage four pancreatic cancer and passed just a couple months later. Following her passing, husband Marc Stefanski and his five children wasted little time in their mission to help others and founded “Rhonda’s Kiss.” The family-organized charity continues to celebrate Rhonda’s memory through lifesaving work and giving back to cancer patients in need. To date the organization, spearheaded by her son Kyle Stefanski as Executive Director, has donated over $1 million dollars to support cancer patients in the form of financial support. In addition to monies raised, Rhonda’s Kiss also leads donation efforts in the form of their holiday toy drive, back to school give back campaign, and more.
Rhonda’s Kiss aims to assist in the whole care of a cancer patient, working to ease the insurmountable costs associated with a cancer diagnosis. The organization uses a three-pronged approach, focusing on outreach (education, awareness and screening), navigation (medical and home) and patient services (treatment and financial assistance, and emotional support). Rhonda’s Kiss’ main focus is to assist with non-medical needs such as covering the cost of rent and utilities, wigs, oncology massage, nutrition, exercise, childcare, school supplies, groceries, parking and other transportation costs that arise while patients are undergoing treatment.
“At Rhonda’s Kiss, my father, brothers and sisters and I, along with our board and partners, are reminded every day that people struggling with cancer need support to maintain their dignity and fight. The focus should be on fighting the disease, not on whether one can pay their rent. We are blessed to have the assistance of our national hospital partners and supporters to continue to build a legacy of helping others fight this terrible disease through the beautiful memory of my mother, Rhonda Stefanski.” - Kyle Stefanski, Rhonda’s son, and Executive Director of Rhonda’s Kiss
Who You May Spot: Rhonda’s Kiss, Robin Thicke, Robert Davi, Emmanuelle Chriqui, Mario Lopez, Kevin Connolly, Peter Facinelli, David Arquette, PJ Byrne, Jessica Szohr, Jamie-Lynn Sigler, Diana Madison, Danny A. Abeckaser, Marc Stefanski & more.
Hint for the Average Socialite: To learn more about Rhonda’s Kiss, or donate directly go to: www.rhondaskiss.org.
To purchase tickets, sponsorships and table pricing, go to rhondaskissgala.com.
Tickets begin at $500 a piece and tables begin at $5,000.00.
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