Spring Gala Overview


The Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Spring Gala attracts more than 900 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, sports, media and social communities.  The gala is held every year at the National Building Museum. It is recognized as one of “Washington’s Top 100 Events” by BizBash (# 7 in 2011 “Benefits Category), most recently raising over $1.6 million in March 2015 to advance the Foundation’s mission of saving lives through cancer prevention and early detection.  Event proceeds support research, community outreach and education programs.

Every year, after careful consideration, the Prevent Cancer Foundation selects a country to celebrate as our Honored Patron. The countries are represented by their respective Ambassadors to the United States.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Cancer Champion Award

Since 2010, the Foundation has honored a cancer champion pioneer.  Past awardees have included:

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 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.

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 Washington, D.C.