Annual Gala

The Republic of Korea: Season of Splendor | 27th Annual Gala

The Republic of Korea: Season of Splendor

27th Annual Gala
Thursday, September 23, 2021

Watch the full 2020 Gala 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. 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.

Honorary Patron
His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Korea, Soo Hyuck Lee and Mrs. Hye Kyung Hwang

Cancer Champions
Senator Tim Scott
Representative Debbie Dingell

Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs
Senator Richard Burr
Senator Bob Menendez
Representative Cathy McMorris Rogers
Representative Anna Eshoo       

Gala Co-Chairs
Nickie Currie, Ted Okon and Susanna Quinn                      

Dinner Co-Chairs
Kathryn Kennedy and Lori Reilly

For more information on the 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:

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 or (703) 519-2102.










Bristol-Myers Squibb

Lilly Oncology





Association for Accessible Medicines

Astellas Pharma US INC

The Boeing Company

Citigroup Inc.

Community Oncology Alliance

Duke Energy Corporation


Genentech, Inc.



Lynne and Greg O’Brien

Susanna and Jack Quinn

Southern Company

Taiho Pharmaceuticals


American College of Radiology

Capitol Counsel


The Duberstein Group, Inc.

Edison Electric Institute

EMD Serono

Vic Fazio and Kathy Sawyer

Fox News

General Motors Company

Helsinn Therapeutics


Joel Jankowsky

Kathryn and Brian Kennedy

Joann Piccolo and Tim Carmody

Myriad Genetics, Inc.

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association (SIFMA)

Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC

Thrive, An Exact Sciences Company

USTelecom – The Broadband Association


The Kemper Valentine Family Trust


Biotechnology Industry Organization (BIO)

Crossroads Strategies, LLC

Nuclear Energy Institute (NEI)

PNC Institutional Investments

Precision X-Ray, Inc.

Thank you to our 2020 Annual Gala sponsors!


Premier Benefactor

Community Oncology Associates






Shure Family Charitable Foundation







Bank of America

Bristol Myers Squibb


Lilly Oncology





NRF - National Retail Federation


SoftBank Group


Patron Plus




Daiichi Sankyo Cancer Enterprise

Exact Sciences

Florida Cancer Specialists



Johnson & Johnson

William Magner


McKesson Corporation

MorphoSys US, Inc.

Lynne and Greg O’Brien/Line in the Sand

Southern Company

Taiho Pharmaceuticals





Akin, Gump, Strauss, Hauer & Feld, LLP

American College of Radiology


Avalere Health

The Boeing Company

Capitol Counsel

Clark, Geduldig, Cranford & Neilsen (CGCN)

Comcast NBC Universal


Edison Electric Institute

Exxon Mobil

Farragut Partners

The Hon. Victor Fazio and Kathy Sawyer

Flatiron Health, Inc.

Fox News Media


Heron Therapeutics


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

Northrop Grumman

Oregon Oncology Alliance

Ambassador Yousef Al Otaiba

Jennifer and Ron Christie

Joann Piccolo and Tim Carmody

Sanofi US

Sazerac Company

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Susanna and Jack Quinn

Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC 

Tennessee Oncology

Thrive Earlier Detection



USTelecom – The Broadband Association



Biotechnology Industry Organization

Brock Landry and Diane Casey-Landry

Crossroad Strategies

Former Congressman and Mrs. Gene Green



J. Wilson Advisors

Jeanne Weaver Ruesch

Lincoln Policy Group

Nuclear Energy Institute

PNC Bank

Precision X-Ray

TE Connectivity

Texas Oncology


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

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