Alexandria, VA (PRWEB) March 12, 2014
More than $1.7 million was raised March 7 at the Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 20th Annual Spring Gala. Over the past two decades, the event has raised more than $21 million for cancer research and screening in underserved communities.
The Prevent Cancer Annual Spring Gala salutes a different country each year. This year’s theme was “Graceful, Gracious Japan.” H.E. the Ambassador of Japan Kenichiro Sasae and Mrs. Nobuko Sasae served as honorary patrons for the event. Three-time cancer survivor Ellen Noghès received Prevent Cancer’s annual Cancer Champion Award.
More than 1,000 guests from Washington’s business, diplomatic, government, medical and social communities came together to support Prevent Cancer Foundation’s signature event. Guests enjoyed an evening of fine dining by Design Cuisine and dancing to live music provided by “Fresh Air.” The National Building Museum was dramatically transformed into a Japanese garden for the event by acclaimed celebrity party planner David Tutera, who also serves as a member of Prevent Cancer’s board of directors.
A silent and online auction of unique items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and luxurious travel packages raised almost $100,000. Following the dinner, Fox News National Security Correspondent Jennifer Griffin told those gathered the riveting personal story of her triple negative breast cancer diagnosis. Afterwards, popular WUSA9 anchorwoman and Prevent Cancer Foundation board member Andrea Roane urged attendees to donate to the organization during the “Lighting the Way to Prevention” portion of the program where flashing light lanyards were given out to the generous donors.
“The annual Spring Gala is our way of thanking supporters for everything they do to advance our mission of saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection,” said Prevent Cancer Foundation President and Founder Carolyn Aldigé. “At the same time we have the opportunity to raise important funds to continue supporting the groundbreaking research of early career scientists and providing cancer screenings to underserved women.”
Gail and Jeff MacKinnon served as Gala co-chairs and Rich and Linda Tarplin were Corporate Committee Co-chairs for the event. The Presenting Sponsor of the event was Eisai;Premier Benefactors were Otsuka America Pharmaceutical, Inc. and Pfizer.
About the Prevent Cancer Foundation:
The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection. Founded in 1985, the Foundation has provided more than $134 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy and community outreach nationwide. For more information, please visit http://www.preventcancer.org.