The third Pink Gala event, dubbed Franklin’s Best New Year’s Eve party, returned after a four-year hiatus, welcoming about 250 partygoers to benefit the Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center.

“We had a lot of people returning from the first events, and they brought friends,” said Kelly Spalding, the organizer of the event and owner of Kelly Spalding Designs. 

The event held in Liberty Hall at The Factory in Franklin benefitted the Breast Health Center at Williamson Medical Center and honored Rebecca Evans, Spalding’s mother, who faced chemotherapy, radiation, a double mastectomy, reconstructive surgery and months of sickness and exhaustion all while teaching high school and raising two kids. 

“The dance floor was packed from the time it started until the end.”

Spalding, a breast cancer survivor herself, said that she most enjoyed encouraging others who are going through breast cancer. 

“In 2012 I was diagnosed with breast cancer so I had to put the Gala on hold,” Spalding said.

“The atmosphere was really palpable, coming back after four years.”

“I shared my story as a patient at the breast center. I was able to put my money where my mouth is. I’m not just saying this a great place to raise money for, but the place that I chose to do my treatment.”

The night included a silent auction and the sale of merchandise, which raised about $10,000, a surprise bananas foster and beignets bar and other great food, including Catering by Suzette.

Spalding said that the most uplifting comment of the night was when a woman said, “This is the most fun I’ve had since cancer; I am not going to let cancer stop me from having fun.”

Spalding said that her goal is to raise hope and awareness about the disease.

“I enjoyed encouraging others and hugging on them and building connections, which made it a very special night for me,” Spalding said.

Sponsors Franklin Synergy Bank, Myriad Genetics and Advanced Diagnostics donated its tables to breast cancer survivors for the night. For more information, visit www.ThePink Gala.com.

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