05/18/2010 01:34 pm ET Updated May 25, 2011

Spring Flings with the Society of MSKCC

Of all the events I'm honored to be a part of, I'm most grateful to be involved with The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center's Spring Ball. For me, it's personal. My father Buddy passed away a few years ago from cancer. I know first-hand how important cancer research and treatment facilities like Sloan-Kettering are, and how dedicated and tireless the women and men who work there are. This year, I am thrilled to co-chair The Society's annual ball tonight, May 18th, with Shelley Carr, Dee Dee Ricks and Jamie Tisch at the Pierre Hotel.

The evening will honor Dr. Charles L. Sawyers, Chair of the Human Oncology and Pathogenesis Program, or HOPP, at Memorial Sloan-Kettering. His title is impressive, but his mission more so: Researching new treatment options for cancer patients. A leading doctor at Memorial Sloan-Kettering, he recently won the Lasker Award, one of the most prestigious in the science world. To put it in perspective, 76 Lasker recipients have gone on to receive the Nobel Peace Prize.

Mary J. Blige is set to perform at the ball. Like Dr. Sawyers, she's an agent of change. Through her Foundation for the Advancement of Women Now (FFAWN), she and co-founder Steve Stoute are encouraging and empowering women of all ages and backgrounds to reach their full potential and realize their dreams through education, smart career development and self-confidence. FFAWN has already taken root in Mary's hometown of Yonkers and the surrounding community.

It's great to have two such incredibly dedicated and committed people as Dr. Sawyers and Mary be a part of The Society of MSKCC's event.

There's also another important dance this spring at Memorial Sloan-Kettering -- the Pediatric Prom. For 20 years, The Society has thrown an amazing dance for all its pediatric cancer patients, from toddlers to people in their early 20s. Some of fashion's top designers donate dresses for the occasion and volunteer stylists come in to do manicures, makeup and all the things that go into getting ready for the prom. It's truly one of the most special parties of the year.

To date, we have raised over $1 million through the Spring Ball, but there is still more to do. To learn more about how to donate or get involved with The Society of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center, please click here.