Annual Gala

Annual Gala

The Kingdom of the Netherlands:  A Virtual Masterpiece in Bloom

26th Annual Gala
Thursday, September 10, 2020

Your health and safety are our priority. In an effort to reduce risk and keep our communities safe, the Prevent Cancer Foundation is reimagining its 26th Annual Gala on September 10 – as a virtual event you won’t want to miss.

Get ready for an evening filled with exciting performances, inspiring stories, unique silent auction items and more. Here’s what you can expect from our first-ever virtual Gala:

The Kingdom of the Netherlands:  A Virtual Masterpiece in Bloom

8:00 p.m. to 9:00 p.m EST

Emceed by Tim Kavanagh (auctioneer, stand-up comedian and cancer survivor)

  • A toast to the success of the evening made by His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Kingdom of the Netherlands, André Haspels
  • Exciting line-up of performances from actors, singers and musicians (check back soon for talent announcements!)
  • Remarks by cancer survivors who credit early detection with saving their lives
  • “Lighting the Way to Prevention” mission moment 
    • A brief video about stage 4 ovarian cancer survivor Susanna Quinn, featuring Dana Bash, Kate Bennett, Kristin Cecchi, Nancy Cordes, Stephanie Cutter, Jennifer Griffin, Norah O’Donnell,  and Tara Patten, along with Dr. Whitfield Growdon, the surgical oncologist at Dana Farber/Mass General who saved Susanna’s life
  • Live auction and raffle
  • Wrap!

We are mindful that cancer doesn’t stop during a pandemic and more than 1.6 million people will hear those words “You have cancer,” this year alone. So, your support is even more crucial during this time. Proceeds from the Gala will continue to support the Foundation’s grants programs – both research grants and fellowships and community outreach grants.  And they will be used for a new campaign, “Back on the Books,” to remind people to reschedule their postponed or cancelled screenings.

*Tickets for this virtual event will be available soon. If you previously purchased a ticket or table sponsorship for the in-person event, it will be automatically transferred to the virtual event and you will receive modified benefits that coincide with your original sponsorship level. Gala sponsorships are still available. If you would like more information on the Gala, tickets or sponsorships 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:

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.

Silent Auction

The Prevent Cancer Silent Auction boasts one-of-a-kind experiences, trips, jewelry and more. Check back for information on the 2020 silent auction.

Interested in donating to the 2020 Prevent Cancer Silent Auction? Contact Amanda Wallach at or (703) 519-2119.

Sponsorships for the 2020 Virtual Gala are available. To join us as a 2020 sponsor or for updated benefit information, please contact Lorelei Mitrani at or (703) 519-2102.

Thank you to our 2020 Annual Spring Gala sponsors!


Premier Benefactor








Anonymous sponsor

Bank of America


Lilly Oncology



NRF - National Retail Federation


SoftBank Group


U.S. Chamber of Commerce

C_TEC - U.S. Chamber of Commerce Technology Engagement Center


Patron Plus



Exact Sciences

Florida Cancer Specialists




McKesson Corporation

MorphoSys US, Inc.

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

Community Oncology Alliance

CVS Health


Exxon Mobil

Farragut Partners

Flatiron Health, Inc.

Fox News Media


Heron Therapeutics


Houser Family Foundation

Interstate Natural Gas Association of America

Juliet Rosenthal Foundation

The Kemper Valentine Family Trust

New York Cancer & Blood Specialists

New York Life

Northrop Grumman

Oregon Oncology Alliance

Securities Industry and Financial Markets Association

Susanna and Jack Quinn

Tarplin, Downs & Young, LLC 

Tennessee Oncology

USTelecom – The Broadband Association




Former Congressman and Mrs. Gene Green


J. Wilson Advisors

Lincoln Policy Group

PNC Institutional Investments

Precision X-Ray

Texas Oncology


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

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