April 2, 2016: Cancer Society fundraiser to honor survivors, Dr. Abdu

The American Cancer Society will host its 10th annual Cattle Baron’s Ball on Saturday, April 2 at The Lake Club in Poland. The event is one of the American Cancer Society’s premier local events and includes dinner, auctions, and entertainment.

This year’s ball will be disco-themed and honors cancer survivor Steve Burbrink of Austintown and medical honoree Dr. Rashid Abdu of Canfield. Special honored returning guests include two children who have survived cancer: Brett Wilcox, 8, of Boardman and Ava Timko, 8, of Canfield.

Honoree Burbrink has worked at General Motors since 1977 and has a second career as a disk jockey. He is owner of DJ Stevie B’s DJ Company. He is married and has two children and two grandchildren. In October 2012, he was diagnosed with an aggressive form of prostate cancer. He is currently in his fourth year of recovery.  Burbrink is a board member for Man Up Mahoning Valley, an organization that provides education on prostate cancer. He is also a facilitator for the local Prostate Cancer Support Group.

Abdu is a retired Mercy Health surgeon whose late wife, Joanie, was diagnosed with breast cancer in 1993. In her memory, Abdu created The Joanie Abdu Comprehensive Breast Care Center at St. Elizabeth Health Center. Abdu spent 20 years planning, researching and providing funding for the project.  It opened in Youngstown in 2011.

This year’s event chairwomen Carole Weimer of Youngstown and Annette Camacci of Poland worked alongside a volunteer committee to raise funds for the Cancer Society.

“In 2015, the Tri-County Cattle Baron’s Ball raised $90,000 for your American Cancer Society,” said Camacci. “The money that is raised through this event funds research, educates our community and funds programs and services such as ‘Road to Recovery,’ which provides rides for patients going through treatments right here in the valley. We were very pleased and grateful to have been so successful.”

This year’s evening will include gourmet dining, live and silent auctions, music and activities. WHOT’s A.C. McCullough and Kelly Stevens will be the master and mistress of ceremonies for the evening. Brooks Ames will be the auctioneer.

This event is made possible through the support of event sponsors Something New Floral/ Joe Mineo Creative, Nautilus, Stairmaster and Star Trac.

The event is still seeking sponsors. For sponsorships, tickets or more information, contact Jamie Heinl at the American Cancer Society at 330-414-7412 or email Jamie.heinl@cancer.org.

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