How are the funds of the Royal Dames allocated?

The funds the Royal Dames earn go to cancer research and education in our north-central Florida area. Research is priority, and we fund cutting-edge studies at UF Cancer Center and at Moffitt Cancer Centers. We ask each of these outstanding academic institutions for research proposals, which are then reviewed by expert physicians, who look for scientific content, do-ability and adherence to our requirements. These physicians give us their recommendations. Once chosen, each research project’s director provides the Royal Dames with regular budget and progress reports.

At the University of Florida we have the Ocala Royal Dames Endowment for Cancer Research & Education and the Jean Nelson- Ocala Royal Dames Pediatric Cancer Fund.  At Moffitt Cancer Center we have the Howard Edward Curtis/Ocala Royal Dames for Cancer Research Fund to further thoracic oncology research.

On the local level, we have projects at Central Florida Community College (scholarships, library resources, and breast and prostate education outreach).

In 2016, the Ocala Royal Dames presented awards to the recipients for 2016—2018 research & education projects, which was a grand total of $2,582,179.00 given since our founding.

Hard working members accomplish all this.


How are funds for research and education obtained?

Through the years, we have raised funds in the following ways: Annual Pledges, Annual Tiara Ball, Fashion Shows, Cookbooks, Theme Parties, Garage Sales, donation acknowledgement such as birthdays and memorials, out-right donations, and Legacy Giving. Without the generous in-kind donations from the community and businesses, we could not have accomplished such success with our events. We sincerely appreciate everyone who has made such a commitment to further our cause to find a cure for cancer.