White Out Cancer

The American Cancer Society Gala


More than 500 guests from Miami’s social and corporate communities are expected this Saturday at The American Cancer Society’s 2011 White Out Cancer Gala at the new JW Marriott Marquis Miami.Singer Amelia Vega will kick off the festivities as the event’s celebrity emcee, drawing on her Latin beauty and flavor to put everyone in a celebratory mood for an evening of elegant décor, exquisite food and live entertainment. On the agenda will be “The Great White Way” silent auction featuring an array of vacation packages and fabulous jewelry, and a live auction especially devoted to raising money for the American Cancer Society’s Reaching Out to Cancer Kids (R.O.C.K.) programs. This unique program supports families in a number of ways – R.O.C.K. Camp, College Scholarships and Families R.O.C.K. Weekends – and, when fully funded, R.O.C.K. programs also support childhood cancer research, childhood early detection programs and assistance for parents to access the best treatment for their child.

Also during the evening two community leaders, Lisa and Benjamín León III of Leon Medical Centers, will be recognized as Gala Honorees for their dedication in the fight against cancer and for their accomplishments in the community. “We are honored by this recognition and deeply committed to supporting efforts to end cancer, provide resources for research and education and serve our community,” said Benjamín Leon.

Marile and Jorge Luis Lopez


Working to make the 2011 White Out Cancer Gala an evening to remember are two dedicated American Cancer Society supporters who are well known in the community for their philanthropic efforts. Jorge Luis and Marile Lopez, the proud parents of five children, value the importance of the American Cancer Society in our community.

Jorge Luis established his own practice in 1996 and is now the principal at Jorge Luis Lopez Law Firm. He serves on a variety of boards of charitable and faith-based nonprofits, including the Dade Community Foundation, for which he was the past Chairman; founding Chair of the Miami-Dade Parks Foundation; Chair of Governmental Relations Committee of United Way; board member of Camillus House & Camillus Health Concern, HistoryMiami, Miami-Dade College Foundation, FIU Metro-Center, and the Multiple Sclerosis Society.

Marile is the founder of Maria Elena Headpieces, an international family business that creates bridal accessories, and is active in the community, serving on the boards of the Boys and Girls Club of Miami-Dade County and the American Cancer Society. She is also a member of the Founder Society at Mercy Hospital and is an Ambassador for Big Brothers and Big Sisters.