Knoxville's First $1 Million in One Night Fundraiser Benefits UT Medical Center Cancer Institute

Hosted by Bruce and Brandy Pearl, An Evening in Orange filled the home of the basketball Vols, Thompson Boling Arena, with guests who contributed more than $1 million to help fight cancer at the UT Medical Center Cancer Institute in Knoxville.
By: The University of Tennessee Medical Center
Jamie Bell, Lauren Bell, Bruce and Brandy Pearl, Dr. John and Beverly Bell, Emily Bell
Jamie Bell, Lauren Bell, Bruce and Brandy Pearl, Dr. John and Beverly Bell, Emily Bell
May 5, 2011 - PRLog -- The Knoxville area’s first ever $1 million in one night fundraising event will benefit cancer care at The University of Tennessee Medical Center Cancer Institute. Officials at the medical center say the exact amount raised is still being determined, but confirm they have reached the seven-figure milestone at this weekend’s An Evening In Orange event, the medical center’s annual signature black-tie fundraiser.

“This is tremendous for cancer patients and their families,” said Dr. John L. Bell, a surgical oncologist and director of the Cancer Institute at UT Medical Center. “I believe this is going to raise awareness to an even greater level in the community and show the continued need to conduct and advance research to find a cure for cancer.”

Hosted by co-chairs Bruce and Brandy Pearl, An Evening in Orange packed Thompson-Boling Arena, home to the men’s and women’s basketball teams at The University of Tennessee, with more than 700 attendees for the gala that transformed the basketball court into an elegant venue complete with a stage that ran the length of the arena to accommodate performances by the UT School of Music, UT School of Theatre and Dance Society. The performances, along with an art gallery of the UT School of Art, all represented the students’ interpretation of cancer through art.

“I’m just overwhelmed,” said Bruce Pearl. “We’ve sold out Thompson-Boling Arena again. And this time it means even further improved care for so many cancer patients and their families in this region.”

The money raised at An Evening in Orange is expected to be a significant boost to the medical center’s new Cancer Institute construction project. A groundbreaking is expected on the new UT Medical Center Cancer Institute in the coming months. At 100,000 square feet, the building will more than double the footprint of the current Cancer Institute and vastly improve ease of use and access as well as convenience for patients and families by placing all aspects of cancer care in one location at the Knoxville hospital.

“This certainly helps us continue our efforts to renovate, relocate and construct new facilities to make the journey for the patient and the families a better one,” Bell added.

The mission of The University of Tennessee Medical Center is to serve through healing, education and discovery. UT Medical Center, a 581-bed, not-for-profit academic medical center, serves as a referral center for Eastern Tennessee, Southeast Kentucky and Western North Carolina. The medical center, the region’s only Level I Trauma Center, is one of the largest employers in Knoxville. For more information about The University of Tennessee Medical Center, visit online at
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