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March 17, 2011
Funds Raised Support Innovative Cancer Prevention Research, Education and Community Outreach Programs
(WASHINGTON D.C.) — The Prevent Cancer Foundation held its 17th Annual Spring Gala at the National Building Museum on March 11, 2011. The Foundation welcomed 900 guests to the event, including many prominent members of the DC diplomatic, political, business and philanthropic communities. This year’s gala, “The Enchanting Principality of Monaco”, raised over $1.2 million dollars to further the organization’s mission: the prevention and early detection of cancer through scientific research, education and community outreach.
Congresswoman Doris Matsui was honored as the Foundation’s 2011 Cancer Prevention Champion for her inspiration and leadership in founding the Foundation’s Congressional Families Cancer Prevention Program. Matsui highlighted how important this bipartisan program is in efforts to raise awareness about cancer prevention and how instrumental Congressional spouses have been in sharing this vital information.
Prevent Cancer Foundation board member, acclaimed wedding and event planner David Tutera designed the red and silver swathed event, which included 30,000 red roses, softly candlelit tables, cascading crystal centerpieces and intricate candelabra. He also brought special guests Kim Estrada, a breast cancer survivor, and her husband Eddy with him this year. The couple was invited to the Gala during their breast cancer awareness themed episode of Tutera’s show “My Fair Wedding”.
Guests of Honor included the Hon. José Badia, Foreign Minister, representing H.S.H Prince Albert II of Monaco and Mrs. Madeleine Badia, H.E. Gilles Noghès, Ambassador of Monaco and Mrs. Ellen Noghès. Joyce Gates and Missy Edwards served as Gala co-chairs; Jeanne Wolak chaired the Dinner Committee.
“Good Morning America” Weather Anchor Sam Champion acted as Master of Ceremonies, introducing guest speaker and melanoma cancer survivor Daniel Holt, a staff member in Rep. Jim McGovern’s office. Both Champion and Holt encouraged attendees to donate during the “Lighting the Way to Prevention” pledge drive, raising an additional $44,000.
Long recognized as one of Washington D.C.’s most anticipated annual events, the Prevent Cancer Foundation hosted its first gala in 1994 with Former President George H.W. Bush and First Lady Barbara Bush serving as its Co-Chairs. Since its inception in 1985, the Prevent Cancer Foundation has provided over $120 million in support of its programs, aimed at ensuring that the next generation will not have to suffer from preventable cancers.
About Prevent Cancer Foundation
The Prevent Cancer Foundation was started in 1985. Today, it is one of the nation’s leading health organizations and has catapulted cancer prevention to prominence. Through healthy lifestyle choices, you can reduce your risk of breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin and testicular cancers.
Since its inception the Foundation has provided more than $120 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education and community outreach programs. The Foundation’s peer-reviewed grants have been awarded to nearly 400 scientists from more than 150 of the leading academic medical centers nationwide. This research has been pivotal in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important cancer prevention and early detection strategies. For more information, please visit www.preventcancer.org.