Calif. Non-Profit Drivers for Survivors to Host Virtual Sixth Annual Black and White Ball

-Emily Parmigiani

Drivers for Survivors, a non-profit in Fremont, Calif. is hosting its Sixth Annual Black and White Ball virtually this year on Aug. 14, 2020.

Executive Director Sherry Higgs has the details in her press release:

Drivers For Survivors: Sixth Annual Black and White Ball

Mission Statement:  Drivers For Survivors is a 501(c)(3) nonprofit public charitable organization that provides free transportation service and supportive companionship for ambulatory cancer patients, from suspicious findings through completion of treatments.

This service is provided for ambulatory cancer patients living in South, Central and East Alameda County. DFS provides not only transportation, but also the companionship element that presents essential support, stress relief and therapeutic presence to allow cancer patients to focus on their health and required treatments. Since its founding in 2012, DFS had expanded its service areas to central and east Alameda county, has provided over 21,000 rides for over 600 ambulatory cancer patients.

Friday, August 14th, 2020 

virtual event time: 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. Pacific Standard Time. VIP Pre-event 5:00 – 5:45 PM  (VIP cost and details will be announced later  at

Free Event Registration.

Sponsorship opportunities, live/silent auction donations welcome.

This year’s signature fundraiser commemorates our 7-year anniversary serving the community!

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What you can expect:

Drivers For Survivors (DFS) founder Sherry Higgs, and the D.F.S. board are honored to invite the media to our annual fundraising gala: Sixth Annual Black and White Ball. This event will be held on Friday 6 p.m., August 14th 2020 as a virtual event. The gala registration is free this year.  We will also be adding, for an additional purchase, a very special VIP experience at 5:00 PM prior to event. Our VIP reception will feature a special performance from our guest artists and a chance to mingle (virtually!) with fellow event attendees. To register or learn more about the VIP experience, visit

Time magazine 2016 TIME100 honoree and internationally renowned breast cancer oncologist Dr. Laura Esserman, MD, MBA, Director of Carol Buck Breast Care Center at University of California San Francisco will be returning as our keynote speaker! Our entertainment for the night will be performed by Marcie Dodd, Carol Weiss and Fay DeWitt. Marcie Dodd is an American stage performer, known for starring as Elphaba in the Broadway, Los Angeles, San Francisco, and both national tour productions of Wicked. Carol Weiss is an accomplished musical director, teacher, pianist and composer. She was music director for the ABC TV series General Hospital. Fay DeWitt created the starring role of Kay Goodman in the highly acclaimed, “Nite Club Confidential,” in New York and Los Angeles. By her 18th birthday Fay DeWitt had done three Broadway shows: “Pardon Our French,” “Alive And Kicking,” and “Flahooley!”

Pre-show musical entertainment will be provided by one of our favorites, the Newark Saxophone Quartet. David Smith, Mayor Emeritus of City of Newark, California will be our emcee.

Included in our program, D.F.S. proudly will pay tribute to our esteemed honorees:  Dr. Richard Godfrey, MD and Alameda County Supervisor, Scott Haggerty. There will also be special recognitions awarded to Jan Vincent & Richard Ahlbrandt, Barbara O’Leary, and Deasy Lai for their outstanding contributions to DFS.

We are thankful for our growing list of sponsors: Washington Hospital Healthcare System, Fremont Bank, Fidelity Insurance Service, F.H Dailey Chevrolet, Kaiser Permanente, Stanford Health Care, Republic Services, Horizon Financial Associates, Genentech, Safeway Foundation, Morgan Stanley/Richard Huber Financial Advisor, Alameda County Supervisor Richard Valle, Coach George Wang, Union Bank, Newark Rotary Club and Autopia.

Event registration and VIP tickets are available at: For more information, contact  or (510) 369-5770. Visit, follow, and like our Facebook event page and learn more about the event.

Due to COVID-19 pandemic, DFS is presently facing a major financial challenge which has thwarted our growth compounded by the post poning of our in-person signature gala from April 18th to virtual on August 14th. This fundraiser will greatly help us get our footing back. To donate/contribute or learn more about our program, visit

Feel free to reach out with additional questions.