Nonprofits are suffering from decreased donations and cancelled fundraisers due to the pandemic, but the American Lung Association in Kansas & Greater Kansas City is breathing a sigh of gratitude today as The Accurso Law Firm and The University of Kansas Health System, along with The University of Kansas Cancer Center, agreed to be the Visionary Sponsors of the Association’s LUNG FORCE Glam on Thursday, May 13 (7pm – 9:30pm) at the Boulevard Drive-in Theatre.
"Though the pandemic shift shows positive signs, all nonprofits are continuing to struggle. Lung health and clean air are still critical to the health of our communities. The Accurso Law Firm and The University of Kansas Health System understand this and we’re grateful for their dedication to our mission and support of the services we provide the community," said Linda Crider, executive director of the Lung Association.
“Without partners like them, the Lung Association and our important work in Kansas & Greater Kansas City would not be possible."
During the event, the Lung Association will present the prestigious Legacy Award to Dr. Roy A. Jensen, director of The University of Kansas Cancer Center. Dr. Jensen, who is also the director of the Kansas Masonic Research Institute, will receive the award for his distinguished commitment to public health and Tobacco 21 policy, his dedication to cancer research and for successfully bringing a National Cancer Institute-designated Cancer Center to the Greater Kansas City community.
The annual event has been reimagined as an outdoor event due to COVID-19. Tickets are $75 and the event includes a boxed dinner and beverages, as well as super silent and silent auctions, entertainment and celebrating advancements in lung cancer and lung disease research. Attendees are allowed to set up a ‘tailgate-like experience’ with those in their car. Attendees of the event, themed “Feeling Groovy Like a Drive-in Movie,” are asked to wear attire with a 60s flair and a touch of turquoise. Masks and social distancing are required.
The American Lung Association is the leading organization working to save lives by improving lung health and preventing lung disease through education, advocacy and research. The work of the American Lung Association is focused on four strategic imperatives: to defeat lung cancer; to champion clean air for all; to improve the quality of life for those with lung disease and their families; and to create a tobacco-free future. For more information about the American Lung Association, a holder of the coveted 4-star rating from Charity Navigator and a Gold-Level GuideStar Member, or to support the work it does, call 1-800-LUNGUSA (1-800-586-4872) or visit: Lung.org.