Lymphoma Research Foundation To Host Annual Gala in September During Blood Cancer Awareness Month

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Evening of Incredible Inspiration Set to Return to Mandarin Oriental in New York City

2016 Lymphoma Research Foundation Annual Gala

“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Annual Gala provides vital hope and inspiration to the lymphoma community,” said Michael Werner, Chair of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Board of Directors.

The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) – the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted exclusively to funding innovative lymphoma research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services – is set to host its 2016 Annual Gala, “An Evening of Incredible Inspiration,” in New York City on Wednesday, September 28, 2016.

This year’s event marks the first time that the Lymphoma Research Foundation will host its Annual Gala during the month of September, recognized nationally and internationally as Blood Cancer Awareness Month (BCAM). The event will return to the Mandarin Oriental, New York, located at the top of the Time Warner Center and just steps away from the Shops at Columbus Circle, which will be lit red in honor of LRF's Annual Gala. The famed shopping destination will once again join some of the most recognizable landmarks around the country, and around the globe, as they Light it Red for Lymphoma during BCAM.

LRF’s Annual Gala brings together hundreds of leaders from across the lymphoma community, including members of LRF’s Scientific Advisory Board, Board of Directors, corporate partners, clinicians, researchers, healthcare providers, patients, survivors, and volunteers to raise essential funds to support the LRF’s critical mission. Last year’s Annual Gala raised more than $1.1 million toward LRF’s innovative research programs.

“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Annual Gala provides vital hope and inspiration to the lymphoma community,” said Michael Werner, Chair of the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Board of Directors. “This year promises to be the true pinnacle of the tremendous groundswell of support built during Blood Cancer Awareness Month, a momentum that we hope to leverage in our quest for a cure.”

The 2016 Annual Gala honorees will be recognized for their inspiring contributions and dedication to LRF. The prestigious Founder’s award, the Freundlich Leadership Award, will be presented to Miriam Phalen for her continued commitment to the cause of eradicating lymphoma and serving those touched by this disease throughout her tenure as a member of the LRF Board of Directors. Paul V. Majkowski, Esq. will be awarded the Distinguished Service Award, in recognition for his service to the organization and its mission as an LRF Ambassador and Regional Leadership Council member. Longtime LRF partners Pharmacyclics LLC and Janssen Oncology will be presented with the Corporate Leadership Award, which recognizes exemplary leaders in the oncology business community, in honor of their generous support of LRF’s industry-leading patient education programming and commitment to improving the lives of lymphoma and CLL patients through the development of novel therapies.

“As a two time cancer survivor, my commitment to the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s mission has always been a personal one,” said Majkowski. “I am proud of the work we’ve done so far, and yet know there is much more to be done; the Foundation has played a tremendous role in advancing lymphoma research and I am hopeful for what we will be able to accomplish in the future.”

Renowned Sotheby’s auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley will once again serve as the evening's auctioneer for both the live auction, as well as the Foundation’s signature Raise it for LRF segment. Last year’s attendees raised nearly $320,000 for LRF's innovative research portfolio and patient support programs in just minutes during this unique and exciting portion of the evening. For more information about the Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Annual Gala or to purchase tickets to the event, please contact Taylor Zitay Kahn at (646) 465-9103 or visit lymphoma.org/gala.

About the Lymphoma Research Foundation
The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted to funding innovative research and serving the lymphoma community through a comprehensive series of education programs, outreach initiatives and patient services. To date, LRF has awarded nearly $58 million in lymphoma-specific research.

For additional information on LRF’s research, education and services, visit lymphoma.org.

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