Supporters of Cleveland Clinic gathered Oct. 11 at The Madison in Cleveland for “The Social: An Evening of Hope” to raise funds and celebrate the 2019 Champions of Hope.

WKYC’s Will Ujek, the master of ceremonies, introduced the three award winners who shared their compelling stories of hope and help: patient champion Lia Augoustidis, caregiver champion Amanda Maggiotto and philanthropic champion Margaret Giltinan, who funds the clinic’s wig boutique.

From wigs to bus fare to financial support when a patient cannot work, Cleveland Clinic provides services that go beyond clinical needs.

Event chair Marc Stefanski of Rhonda’s Kiss, who was thrilled with the tremendous turnout, said, “A lot of people give money for research, but not a lot give to those who are living with cancer. This night will make a difference for people who are dealing with cancer.”

Representatives from 4th Angel, a Cleveland Clinic program which pairs cancer patients and caregivers, raffled a basket of goodies chosen from the on-site pop-up boutique. Shoppers could find leather items from Fount, inspirational jewelry from Link Before You Sink and other local artisans.

Guests dined at food stations prepared by local celebrity chef and restaurateur Chris Hodgson, sampled spirts and happily lined up for the late night food truck by Driftwood Catering.

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