Annual Gala

SAVE THE DATE2024 Prevent Cancer Gala save the date: September 25, 2024.

30th Annual Gala
The United Kingdom: An Indispensable Friendship
Wednesday, September 25, 2024

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Gala is recognized as one of Washington’s premier events, attracting more than 1,000 guests from business, diplomatic, government, medical, philanthropic, sports and social communities. The gala has consistently ranked among top Washington charity events and is a widely attended event, following all guidelines of the Senate and House.

Honorary Patron
The British Ambassador, Her Excellency Dame Karen Pierce DCMG and Sir Charles Roxburgh KCB

Gala Co-Chairs
Jennifer Griffin, Ted Okon, Susanna Quinn and Jason Van Pelt

Gala Executive Committee
Nickie Currie, Anna Griffin, Kathy “Coach” Kemper, Kathryn Kennedy, Lori Reilly and David Spence

For more information on the Annual Gala, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at or (703) 519-2102.

Check back soon for more details on the 2024 event. In the meantime, you can see photos from last year’s event HERE, or watch last year’s program HERE.



Since 2010, the Foundation has honored a cancer champion pioneer at the Gala.
Past awardees have included:

2023 – Senators Tom Carper (D-DE) and Shelley Moore Capito (R-WV) were honored for their significant contributions to increasing access to prevention and early detection. Senator Carper for his longtime support of affordable and accessible health care for all Americans, including championing tobacco control and affordable tobacco cessation legislation and benefits for firefighters. Senator Capito for her introduction of the “Screening for Communities to Receive Early and Equitable Needed Services for Cancer Act,” which would reauthorize the National Breast and Cervical Cancer Early Detection Program to ensure more women have access to lifesaving cancer screenings.

2022 – Senators Mike Crapo (R-ID) and Michael Bennet (D-CO) and Representatives Terri Sewell (D-AL), Jodey Arrington (R-TX), Raul Ruiz (D-CA) and Richard Hudson (R-NC) for their leadership as the original co-sponsors of the Medicare Multi-Cancer Early Detection Screening Coverage Act of 2021 

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.


For sponsorship information, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at or (703) 519-2102.


Presenting Sponsor

Co-branded logo with marks from Gilead and Kite.










Johnson & Johnson




Shure Family Charitable Foundation








Bristol Myers Squibb




Duke Energy



FedEx Corporation



National Retailers Foundation







Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP 

American College of Radiology Association


Astellas Pharma US

The Darby Family Foundation 

Eisai, Inc.

Forbes Tate Partners


Guardant Health, Inc.


The Independence Fund  

Jazz Pharmaceuticals

Line in the Sand 


New York Cancer & Blood Specialists 


Precision X-Ray, Inc.

Southern Company

Susanna and Jack Quinn  

Taiho Pharmaceuticals

Texas Oncology

Todd Strategy Group






Susan Ahlquist

Avalere Health

Becton Dickenson and Company

Capitol Counsel

CGCN Group

Sharon and Gary Cook (in loving memory of William A. Stark)

Crossroads Strategies 

Nickie and Rodger Currie  

David Spence Cancer Foundation


The Duberstein Group, Inc.

Edison Electric Institute

Embassy of the Hashemite Kingdom of Jordan

Exact Sciences Corporation


Farragut Partners

Fox News 

Frier Levitt


General Motors Company

Genmab US, Inc.

Healthcare Distribution Alliance

Houser Family Foundation



Amy Jensen

Shabnam Kazmi

The Kemper Valentine Family Trust

Kathryn and Brian Kennedy

The McManus Group

Mr. & Mrs. William F. Magner III

MorphoSys US, Inc.

Miller Strategies 

The Nickles Group

New York Life 

Penn Quarter Partners

Joann Piccolo and Tim Carmody  

Public Interest Registry (PIR) 

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC  

The US Oncology Network  

US Telecom – The Broadband Association

George York and Kevin Gooch



A silent auction benefitting Foundation initiatives, like cancer research fellowships and community outreach will be held the evening of the event. You do not need to be present to bid on items.

For further information or questions, please contact Amanda Wallach at

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