PIEDMONT -- The Cancer League's Holly Ball Dinner Committee honored its donors Nov. 8 at an elegant cocktail gathering.

Scott and Heather Ruegg opened their home for the festivities. The event was organized by Lucy Arney, the dinner committee chairwoman, and the evening began with entertainment by Shades of Gray. Cameron Hughes Wines provided drinks, and Corks and Forks provided hors d'oeuvres.

Midway through the event, Karen Ellis, the Cancer League's president, welcomed everyone and thanked them for their generous support in the fight against cancer. She introduced Marla Putterman, the 39th Holly Ball's chairwoman, and Putterman extended her gratitude to the ball's generous benefactors.

Jamie Broadhurst, Meghan Murray and Ron Barajas, of Neiman Marcus in Walnut Creek, were in attendance. They helped Putterman with raffling a Marco Bicego necklace, donated by Neiman Marcus. The winner was Dale Crandall, whose late wife was a Cancer League member.

The Holly Ball will take place Dec. 7 at the Claremont Country Club. This year's theme is "An Evening at the Winter Place." It will evoke the feeling of a Russian winter in which guests will arrive through trees dusted with fresh snow as they enter the gates of the winter palace. Music and laughter will greet them as they step into a winter wonderland, sparkling with lights and crystal chandeliers.

For more information about purchasing tickets to the Holly Ball, contact Janet Nunan at janetnunan@aol.com. The Cancer League Inc., with an active membership of 50 East Bay women, raises funds for accredited Bay Area nonprofit organizations in support of the fight against cancer in such areas as early detection, education, patient care, services and research. For more information about the league, go to www.thecancerleagueinc.org.

-- Sarah Abel