Record-Setting "Party Under The Stars" In Sarasota Benefits Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

Record-Setting “Party Under The Stars” In Sarasota Benefits Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation

The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation is proud to announce that the sixth annual Party Under the Stars, which was held on Saturday, February 9, 2019 at the Hyatt Sarasota, set an event record, raising more than $217,000 (net), with all proceeds going to the FCS Foundation.

This year, the fundraiser was chaired by Alaina Bonessi, Sandra Shahinian and honorary chairs, FCS Physicians, Drs. Fadi Kayali, Dr. Manish Patel and Dr. Miguel Pelayo.



The “garden party” themed evening “under the stars” featured music, dancing, dining and a silent auction with fabulous prizes. Money raised is earmarked for patient grants, which provide financial assistance for non-medical living expenses to qualified cancer patients who are currently undergoing treatment in Florida. The FCS Foundation’s overhead is paid by the physician partners at Florida Cancer Specialists, so 100% of donations (net event expenses) will benefit cancer patients in need.

Party Under The Stars benefits Florida Cancer Secialists FoundationFCS Foundation Board Member & FCS Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Shelly Glenn, shared, “As an FCS Foundation Board Member, we are ecstatic to announce that the 2019 Party Under the Stars event was not only a success, but a night to remember!”

Honorary Chairs and FCS Physicians, Drs. Fadi Kayali, Manish Patel and Miguel Pelayo, stated, “We were delighted to be Honorary Chairs of this unique event in Sarasota, which will directly benefit cancer patients and their families. This event could not have been a success without the continued support of our local community and sponsors.”

Party Under the Stars Co-Chairs, Alaina Bonessi and Sandra Shahinian, added, “We are very proud of the committee, honorary chairs and FCS Foundation staff for another successful Party Under the Stars and we are looking forward to planning for 2020!”

Foundation Executive Director Lynn Rasys said, “Party Under the Stars was a night to remember and we look forward to setting another record in 2020.”

To learn more about sponsoring the 2020 Party Under the Stars, please contact Lynn Rasys at or 941.677.7184.

To view photos from event, click here!

The Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation is a 501(c)3 nonprofit organization as designated by the IRS. The Foundation’s EIN number is 20-4616813. The Foundation is also registered in the State of Florida, Registration No. CH24320. A copy of the official State registration and financial information may be obtained from the Division of Consumer Services by calling 800-435-7352 within the State of Florida. Registration does not imply endorsement, approval, or recommendation by the State.


About Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation:
The Florida Cancer Specialists (FCS) Foundation provides financial support to qualified adult cancer patients in the state of Florida for expenses such as rent or mortgage, car payments and utility bills. By giving patients peace of mind in knowing that their bills are being paid while they are undergoing treatment, the FCS Foundation allows them to concentrate on what really matters – fighting cancer.

Due to the generosity of the Florida Cancer Specialists partner physicians in covering all overhead expenses for the Foundation, 100% of donations received go directly towards paying the essential non-medical living expenses of an adult battling cancer.

The Foundation is a 501(3)(c) nonprofit organization and located at 5204 Paylor Lane in Sarasota, Florida. Learn more about the FCS Foundation at or call 941.677.7181.

For More Information, Contact:

Florida Cancer Specialists Foundation
Executive Director, Lynn Rasys  

Florida Cancer Specialists & Research Institute
Chief Marketing & Sales Officer, Shelly Glenn 

Christine Turner, APR 

Ganick Communications, Inc.
Elaine Ganick 

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Alaina Bonessi, Fadi Kayali, Manish Patel, Miguel Pelayo, Sandra Shahinian

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