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Red Tie Gala co-chairs Susan and Scott Salka

Known for its iconic, welcoming red doors, Cancer Support Community North Texas (CSCNT),the leading non-profit providing emotional and social support to people living with cancer and their families across N. Texas, announced it will host the organization’s 2nd Annual Red Tie Gala on Friday, Oct. 15 at The Empire Room. 


The “Dance the Night Away”-themed gala, complete with professional dancers and dance instructors to teach “strolling dances” to guests, will be co-chaired by long-time supporters of CSCNT Laura and Doug Wheat – a three-time breast cancer survivor and Stage 4 prostate cancer “thriver,” respectively – and Susan and Scott Salka. WFAA Good Morning Texas host and CSCNT advocate Hanna Davis will emcee the event.  


Laura Wheat, Mayor of Westlake, helped raise the original funds to create CSCNT and was a founding Board Member. The event will honor the Mary Kay Foundation for their extensive support of CSCNT. 


Honorary event ambassadors include Jessica Bair Williams, great-granddaughter of Mary Kay Ash; Lucy Gildea Ph.D, CSCNT Board Member and Chief Scientific Officer, Mary Kay, Inc.; and Doug Hawthorne, Founding CEO Emeritus of Texas Health Resources and CSCNT “Thrive” recipient. The Mary Kay Foundation will be honored for its continued support of Cancer Support Community North Texas and their decades-long commitment to finding cures for cancers affecting women through funding cancer research, awareness initiatives, community outreach programs, and advocacy for legislation to ensure women are healthy and safe.


“This past year during the pandemic, we saw more than ever that cancer support – virtual and in person – is the critical, missing link in cancer care,” said Mirchelle Louis, CEO. “We are thrilled to celebrate what CSCNT provides thousands of people every year at this memorable, all-in-red event and dance the night away with survivors and thrivers!”


“Doug and I are thrilled to be chairing the Red Tie Gala with our close friends, Susan and Scott Salka,” said Laura Wheat.  “Together, through our support of Cancer Support Community North Texas, we are hoping to make a difference in the lives of the many North Texans who are living with cancer.” 


“The work of CSCSNT is vitally important today as the nation recovers from the unprecedented COVID-19 crisis and refocuses on the patients and families responding to cancer treatment. We are honored to co-chair this year’s Red Tie Gala once again, where we will join together with the community to increase awareness and funding to expand and continue the important work of CSCNT,” said Susan Salka, President and CEO of AMN Healthcare Services. 


Lead sponsors of the event are AMN Healthcare Services, Rosemary Haggar Vaughn Family Foundation, Grant Thornton, Locke Lord, Amegy Bank, Jordan Kahn Music Company, and Vow to Dance Studio.


Sponsorships range from $1,000 to $50,000; gala tickets are $200/ticket and both can be purchased within the Purchase Tickets section of Proceeds from the event will provide the ongoing social and emotional support programs and services the organization provides at no cost to all impacted by cancer across DFW.



About Cancer Support Community North Texas

Cancer Support Community North Texas (CSCNT), with three clubhouses serving Dallas, Tarrant and Collin Counties, is affiliated with national Cancer Support Community, the largest professionally led nonprofit network of cancer support worldwidededicated to helping ensure no one faces cancer alone. Completely free of charge, CSCNT is a place where people with cancer as well as their families and friends are learning to live with cancer and thrive beyond it through education, psychological support, networking, children’s programs, workshops and other cancer-centered resources. For more information, visit


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