Annual Gala

Overhead photo of a speaker at this year's annual gala


Australia – Bounding Ahead!

28th Annual Gala
Thursday, September 15, 2022

Thank you to everyone who supported Prevent Cancer Foundation’s 2022 Annual Gala, the Foundation raised over $2.22 million on September 15, the most the event has raised in its 28-year history! Mark your calendars for September 28, 2023 for next year’s event and check back for more information.

Did you miss the 2022 Prevent Cancer Gala? Watch the program and awards video and the Lighting the Way to prevention video.

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 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.

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

2022 Sponsor Packet

Presenting Sponsor














Shure Family Charitable Foundation






Bristol-Myers Squibb


Regeneron logo







FedEx Corporation


Florida Cancer Specialists and Research Instit;ute




Line in the Sand



Susanna and Jack Quinn








American College of Radiology

Astellas Pharma US

Capitol Council



EMD Serono

Genentech, Inc.



Helsinn Therapeutics


The Independence Fund

Inova Schar Cancer Institute

Jazz Pharmaceuticals


New York Cancer & Blood Specialists

Northrop Grumman

Organon LLC

Precision X-Ray, Inc.

Southern Company

Taiho Pharmaceuticals

United Parcel Service (UPS)



Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP


Annexus Health

Association for Accessible Medicines

Avalere Health

Becton, Dickenson and Company

The Boeing Company

Brownstein Hyatt Farber Schreck

Caris Life Sciences


Charter Brokerage



Sharon and Gary Cook & Joan and Stephen Carter – in loving memory of William Stark

Crossroads Strategies

Nickie and Rodger Currie


The Duberstein Group, Inc

Duke Energy

Edison Electric Institute

Exact Sciences Corporation


Farragut Partners

Forbes Tate Partners

Fox News

General Motors Company

Heron Therapeutics

Houser Family Foundation

Ice Miller, LLP

Juliet Rosenthal Foundation

Shabnam Kazmi

The Kemper Valentine Family Trust

Brian and Kathryn Kennedy

Mr. & Mrs. William F. Magner III


Miller Strategies

MorphoSys US Inc.

New Century Health

New York Life

The Nickles Group

Brandon Parry


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)

Stohlman Automotive

Takeda Pharmaceuticals America

Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC 

Texas Oncology

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

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 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

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