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. Almost $1.6 million was raised in September 2020 and, on average, 79 cents of every dollar raised goes to support cancer prevention and early detection.
His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Soo Hyuck Lee and Mrs. Hye Kyung Hwang
Senator Tim Scott
Representative Debbie Dingell
Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Bob Menendez
Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers
Representative Anna Eshoo
Nickie Currie, Ted Okon and Susanna Quinn
Kevin McGrann and Lori Reilly
For more information on the 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:
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.
A silent auction benefitting cancer research fellowships and community outreach will be held the evening of the event. Bidding will be available online prior to the event and continue during the evening’s activities.
Sponsorships for the 2021 Annual Gala are available. To join us as a 2021 sponsor or for updated benefit information, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at Lorelei.Mitrani@preventcancer.org or (703) 519-2102.
Shure Family Charitable Foundation
Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise
Florida Cancer Specialists
Johnson & Johnson
MorphoSys US, Inc.
Lynne and Greg O’Brien/Line in the Sand
Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP
American College of Radiology
The Boeing Company
Clark, Geduldig, Cranford & Neilsen (CGCN)
Comcast NBC Universal
Edison Electric Institute
The Hon. Victor Fazio and Kathy Sawyer
Flatiron Health, Inc.
Fox News Media
Houser Family Foundation
Interstate Natural Gas Association of America
Mr. and Mrs. Joel Jankowsky
Juliet Rosenthal Foundation
New York Cancer & Blood Specialists
New York Life
Oregon Oncology Alliance
Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba
Jennifer and Ron Christie
Joann Piccolo and Tim Carmody
Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association
Susanna and Jack Quinn
Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC
Thrive Earlier Detection
USTelecom – The Broadband Association
Biotechnology Industry Organization
Brock Landry and Diane Casey-Landry
Former Congressman and Mrs. Gene Green
J. Wilson Advisors
Jeanne Weaver Ruesch
Lincoln Policy Group
Nuclear Energy Institute
For information on Gala sponsorship opportunities, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at Lorelei.Mitrani@preventcancer.org or (703) 519-2102.