Prevent Cancer Annual Gala welcomes guests back to an in-person celebration

This year's attendees to include Ambassador of the Republic of Korea

Published on November 24, 2021

Updated on November 30, 2021

For Immediate Release

Lisa Berry Edwards
Managing Director, External Affairs
Prevent Cancer Foundation

Washington, D.C. (Nov. 17, 2021) — Hundreds of cancer advocates and Prevent Cancer Foundation® supporters will gather for the Foundation’s 2021 gala on Dec. 1 at the National Building Museum in the District of Columbia. They will experience an evening of lively performances and inspiring stories during this year’s event, themed Season of Splendor.

In keeping with the tradition of honoring a country that shares its commitment to ending cancer, the 2021 Gala will pay tribute to the Republic of Korea. During the event, the Foundation will honor His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Soo Hyuck Lee and Mrs. Hye Kyung Hwang. Additionally, the Foundation will recognize Senator Tim Scott and Representative Debbie Dingell with the 2021 Cancer Champion awards.

Actor, singer and song writer Rayshun LaMarr will share his moving cancer story and will perform during the Lighting the Way to Prevention pledge drive. In 2012, he was diagnosed with lymphoma, and battled through two years of extreme medication and chemotherapy. The battle against cancer affected his hearing and voice to the point of temporary loss. Fortunately, LaMarr beat his cancer and regained his beautiful voice.

This year’s Gala will feature performances by:

  • Rayshun LaMarr, cancer survivor and season 4 semi-finalist from The Voice
  • Ali Rogin, cancer “previvor” and PBS producer
  • Sister Hazel, rock band
  • Washington Samulnori, traditional Korean percussion group

Past guests of the Gala include members of Congress and the administration; the diplomatic community; and leaders in the business, government, medical, sports, media, social and philanthropic communities.

Proceeds from the Gala will support Foundation programs, including research grants, fellowships and community outreach grants. Funds will also support public education campaigns, such as the Foundation’s “Back on the Books” campaign to remind people to reschedule their postponed or cancelled routine cancer screenings.

D.C. media is invited to attend and report on the Gala:

What: Prevent Cancer Annual Gala
When:  Wednesday, Dec. 1
Where: National Building Museum, 401 F St. NW, Washington, D.C. 20001
Dress:   Business or formal attire

Those interested in attending should RSVP to by Friday, Nov. 26. Register for the Silent Auction and Livestream, and learn more about the Prevent Cancer Annual Gala

 COVID-19 Safety Protocols:

For the safety of our staff, volunteers, vendors and guests, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is following current safety guidance from the CDC and the District of Columbia. Everyone in attendance, including members of the press, must be fully vaccinated before November 23. Proof of vaccination is required (original vaccination card, image of the card on your phone, a photocopy or an app with your digital vaccination record). Onsite rapid testing will be required for anyone exempt from vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief or medical exemption (you also have the option of providing a copy of a negative COVID test taken within 48 hours of the event). A negative test result will be required to attend.

A mask that covers your nose and mouth (even for those fully vaccinated) must be worn whenever you are not actively eating or drinking inside the National Building Museum.

Media should enter through the G Street entrance of the National Building Museum. Proof of vaccination will be checked at the entrance and you will then proceed to the media check-in table.

The 2021 Prevent Cancer Gala thanks its top sponsors:

Presenting Sponsor


Premier Benefactors

  • Community Oncology Alliance
  • Daiichi Sankyo
  • Gilead Sciences
  • Pfizer
  • PhRMA
  • Shure Family Charitable Foundation

Benefactors Plus

  • AmerisourceBergen
  • Amgen
  • Viatris Inc.


About the Prevent Cancer Foundation®

The Prevent Cancer Foundation® is celebrating 35 years as the only U.S. nonprofit organization focused solely on saving lives across all populations through cancer prevention and early detection. Through research, education, outreach and advocacy, we have helped countless people avoid a cancer diagnosis or detect their cancer early enough to be successfully treated. 

The Foundation is rising to meet the challenge of reducing cancer deaths by 40% by 2035. To achieve this, we are committed to investing $20 million for innovative technologies to detect cancer early and advance multi-cancer screening, $10 million to expand cancer screening and vaccination access to medically underserved communities, and $10 million to educate the public about screening and vaccination options. For more information, please visit

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