28th Annual Gala
Thursday, September 15, 2022
The Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Gala is recognized as one of Washington’s premier events, attracting more than 1,000 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, philanthropic, sports and social communities. The gala was ranked number four among all Washington charity events in 2018 and 2019 by BizBash, and is a widely attended event, following all guidelines of the Senate and House.
Honorary Patron (2022)
His Excellency, Ambassador Arthur Sinodinos AO and Mrs. Elizabeth Sinodinos
Cancer Champions (2022)
Senators Mike Crapo and Michael Bennet and Representatives Terri Sewell, Jodey Arrington, Raul Ruiz and Richard Hudson
Honorary Congressional Co-chairs (2022)
Chairman Ron Wyden, Senator Tim Scott, Leader Steny Hoyer and Leader Kevin McCarthy
Gala Co-Chairs (2022)
Nickie Currie, Kathryn Kennedy, Ted Okon, Susanna Quinn and Lori Reilly
For more information on the Annual Gala, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at Lorelei.Mitrani@preventcancer.org or (703) 519-2102.
Since 2010, the Foundation has honored a cancer champion pioneer at the Gala. Past awardees have included:
2021 – Senator Tim Scott (R-SC) and Representative Debbie Dingell (D-MI) ~ Senator Scott was honored for contributions to cancer prevention and early detection, Sponsorship of the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act of 2021 (S. 1873) and support of lung cancer early detection, minority health awareness and increasing access to affordable health care; Representative Dingell was honored for advocacy of women’s health issues (including breast cancer), founding the National Women’s Health Resource Center, leadership in cancer prevention including the Congressional Cancer Prevention Caucus and support of the 21st Century Cures Act.
2020 – Congresswoman Terri Sewell (D-AL) and Congressman Greg Walden (R-OR) ~ Honored for their contributions to cancer research and quality care; limiting access to tobacco products among adolescents and young adults; advocating for co-testing for cervical cancer screening; and advocating for dedicated funding for FDA, NIH, CDC and NCI.
2019 – Senators Bill Cassidy (R-LA) and Mazie Hirono (D-HI) ~ Honored for their leadership in protecting coverage of services for veterans, seniors and first responders; raising awareness on colorectal cancer, breast cancer, ovarian cancer and hepatitis, a leading cause of liver cancer; limiting access to tobacco products among adolescents and young adults; ensuring transparency in care delivery; and expanding funding for biomedical research in cancer.
2018 – Senators Roy Blunt (R-MO) and Patty Murray (D-WA) ~ Honored for their leadership in protecting the appropriation for the National Institutes of Health, enabling it to continue being the global leader of biomedical research.
2017 – House Majority Leader Kevin McCarthy (R-CA) ~ With his support of the 21st Century Cures Act, Leader McCarthy contributed to bipartisan support of this historic effort to speed up the discovery, development and delivery of lifesaving cures.
2016 – Chairman Fred Upton (R-MI) and Representative Diana DeGette (D-Colorado) ~ In 2014, Rep. DeGette and Chairman Upton launched the 21st Century Cures initiative, a multi-year effort aiming to bring researchers, industry experts and patients together to speed up the discovery, development and delivery of lifesaving cures.
2015 – Senator Mike Crapo ~ U.S. Senator from Idaho who is a two-time prostate cancer survivor. Senator Crapo collaborated for many years with the Foundation on a signature initiative, a Health Awareness and Screening Booth at the Idaho State Fair. He has also been a champion of legislation that helps advanced progress in cancer research and quality of care for cancer patients.
2014 – Mrs. Ellen Noghès ~ wife of former Ambassador of Monaco Gilles Noghès, a three-time cancer survivor who is focuses her efforts on raising awareness of cancer among the diplomatic community.
2013 – The Honorable Ellen Tauscher ~ For bringing awareness to cancer prevention and early detection by sharing her personal battle with esophageal cancer.
2012 – Congressman Michael Oxley ~ For his work in the advancement of cancer prevention and early detection.
To make a donation for to the Michael G. Oxley Lung Cancer Research Fund, click here.
2011 – Congresswoman Doris Matsui ~ Founder of the Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program.
2010 – Dr. Elmer Huerta ~ Director of the Cancer Preventorium at Washington Cancer Institute, Washington Hospital Center. Dr. Huerta founded the low-income prevention and screening clinic in 1994 and continues to use it as a vehicle for reaching the Hispanic/Latino community in the Washington, DC.
American College of Radiology
Astellas Pharma US
The Independence Fund
Inova Schar Cancer Institute
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists
Precision X-Ray, Inc.
United Parcel Service (UPS)
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
Association for Accessible Medicines
Becton, Dickenson and Company
The Boeing Company
Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck
Caris Life Sciences
Sharon and Gary Cook & Joan and Stephen Carter – in loving memory of William Stark
Nickie and Rodger Currie
The Duberstein Group, Inc
Edison Electric Institute
Exact Sciences Corporation
Forbes Tate Partners
General Motors Company
Houser Family Foundation
Ice Miller, LLP
Juliet Rosenthal Foundation
The Kemper Valentine Family Trust
Brian and Kathryn Kennedy
Mr. & Mrs. William F. Magner III
MorphoSys US Inc.
New Century Health
New York Life
The Nickles Group
Penn Quarter Partners
Joann Piccolo and Tim Carmody
PNC Institutional Investments
Sazerac Company, Inc.
Quad Fellowship by Schmidt Futures
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)
Takeda Pharmaceuticals America
Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC
Todd Strategy Group
The US Oncology Network
USTelecom – The Broadband Association
George York and Kevin Gooch
A silent auction benefitting cancer research fellowships and community outreach will be held the evening of the event.
Questions: Contact Amanda Wallach at Amanda.Wallach@preventcancer.org.
We at the Prevent Cancer Foundation® are excited to once again be celebrating our Annual Gala in person at the National Building Museum. As we navigate a return to in-person events, the safety of all guests, volunteers, vendors and staff is our highest priority.
The Foundation has adapted the event to provide guests with additional space, limit crowding and enhance sanitation measures. We will be following current safety guidance from the CDC and District of Columbia. This includes guidance on any masking requirements.
As you might expect when attending an event benefitting a cancer-focused charity, our guest list will include cancer survivors as well as individuals currently undergoing cancer treatment. With the safety and well-being of all attendees in mind, including those who are immunocompromised, we require everyone in attendance to be fully vaccinated before September 5. Proof of vaccination is required, see https://www.cdc.gov/coronavirus/2019-ncov/vaccines/fully-vaccinated.html#vaccinated for the CDC’s definition of fully vaccinated. We will be offering onsite rapid testing to anyone exempt from vaccination due to a sincerely held religious belief or medical exemption. A negative test will be required for exempt individuals to attend the event.
Protocols are subject to change as we get closer to the event. Any changes will be shared with attendees ahead of time and updated here on our website.
If you have questions or concerns regarding our safety policies for the event, please contact Lorelei Mitrani, Director of Special Events at Lorelei.Mitrani@preventcancer.org.