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Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation Announces Tenth Anniversary Celebration Brunch

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PRESENTS "SCOPE OF EXCELLENCE" AWARDS

Writer and Performer, Jenny Allen Will Emcee Brunch

MORRISTOWN, N.J., Sept. 8 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation (KOH), a non-profit organization that raises awareness and funds and acts as the primary advocate for ovarian cancer activism in the New Jersey area, will be hosting their tenth anniversary celebration brunch, "A Zeal for Teal."  The event will be held on Sunday, October 10, 2010 at the Hyatt Regency in New Brunswick, New Jersey.  

Jenny Allen, acclaimed writer and performer, will emcee the brunch which will proudly salute healthcare professionals dedicated to the care of women with ovarian cancer.  The cost of the brunch is $50.00 per person.  

"We are honored to have Novartis Oncology as our Teal Sponsor, states Lois M. Myers, Executive Director and Co-founder of the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation.  Myers continues, "In fact, Mildred (Milli) Kowalski, Director, Patient Advocacy and External Affairs, Novartis Oncology, was the recipient of Kaleidoscope of Hope's 2008 Founders' Award."  Also, co-chairing the brunch is Rosemary Delaney, Expert Clinical Manager, Novartis Pharmaceuticals Corporation.  

Over the past ten years, KOH has raised over $1.7 million through annual walkathons, golf outings and the annual Spring Gala.  All proceeds from this event will support and fund research initiatives aimed at finding early detection as well as improved treatment options.

The tenth anniversary brunch will be hosted by Jenny Allen, who is herself an ovarian cancer survivor whose show, "I Got Sick Then I got Better," has received rave reviews.  This past July, Jenny performed her play at the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance, "Power is Teal," Conference in Washington, DC.  

Entertainment will be provided by jazz trio, Thaddeus Expose.  There will be a 50/50 raffle and silent auction.  Kaleidoscope of Hope is still accepting sponsorships as well as auction items.  For more details about sponsorship opportunities, please visit www.kohnj.org.  

To highlight this milestone year, the event will salute medical professionals who have devoted their careers to research initiatives whose goal is to improve and extend the lives of women dealing with ovarian cancer.  The esteemed honorees are George Coukos, MD, PhD, Director, Ovarian Cancer Research Center, University of Pennsylvania Abramson Cancer Center, Lorna Rodriguez, MD, PhD, Chief of Gynecologic Oncology, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey, Brian Slomovitz, MD, Gynecologist Oncologist, Carol G. Simon Cancer Center, Morristown Memorial Hospital and Overlook Hospital, Daniel H. Smith, MD, Gynecologist Oncologist, John Theurer Cancer Center at the Hackensack University Medical Center, Mario M. Leitao, Jr., MD, FACOG, Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center and Darlene Gibbon, MD, Clinical Director of Gynecologic Oncology, The Cancer Institute of New Jersey.

About KOH

The Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation was founded by three ovarian cancer survivors: the late Gail MacNeil of Chatham Township and Patricia Stewart-Busso, Lambertville, and Lois Myers of Harding Township.  Its annual fundraising walkathons in September, Ovarian Cancer Awareness Month, have become an inspirational and noteworthy event for those touched by ovarian cancer.  The three walks, in Morris, Bergen and Monmouth Counties, draw hundreds of participants and raise thousands of dollars.  

Ovarian cancer is the fifth leading cause of cancer death in women and the leading cause of death from gynecological cancer in the US.  The American Cancer Society estimates that about 21,550 new cases of ovarian cancer were diagnosed in 2009 and 14,600 women died from ovarian cancer. If detected in its early stages, survival from ovarian cancer is 90-95 percent.  For more information about the Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation, please visit www.kohnj.org.

SOURCE Kaleidoscope of Hope Foundation