Cutting corners on expenses is critical to the success of these events, and one large beverage distributor donates products and services to help them clear as much money as possible.
"I wanted to nominate them because they have been so helpful, and we can count on them for what they do for the Cancer Institute," says Janie Lowe with the Winthrop P. Rockefeller Cancer Institute about Glazer's Distributors of Arkansas.
"We have two events for Cook's Tour, which is what they help us with. The friday night patron's party, they do such a wonderful job and are willing to help."
"You know, I think they've been involved for the past 14 years. This is the 14th year for the gala, and it really is remarkable to have such a partner," says Rachelle Sanders, Executive Director of the Rockefeller Cancer Institute.
"The company has always believed in giving back, and we call it Glazer's community partnership, and the more we can do community relations for others, the more effective we can be, and get a great deal of satisfaction from it," says Richard Levi, Senior Vice-President for Community Relations for Glazer's Distributors.
"It's truly an event that necessitates their sponsorship, and they do a wonderful job," says Maria Furcron, Chair of Cook's Tour.
"We do 155 events a year for different charities in different communities throughout the state." "They've been extremely valuable to the Cancer Institute Foundation."
Though he takes pride in all of his company's community service projects, Levi is especially partial to the Allen School for Exceptional Children and, of course, the Cancer Institute.
"You could say, we're on third base with cancer, but we haven't scored the run and we can't stop until we do," Levi says.
Glazer's Distributors of Arkansas is a finalist for the large corporate humanitarian award to be presented on July 10.