Annual Spring Gala

Sensations of Singapore -- 2018 Annual Spring Gala

Thank you for raising $1,585,620 in 2017 to Stop Cancer Before It Starts!®
View pictures of the 2017 Gala on our Facebook page: Event Photos and Photo Stations
 Sponsorships for the 2018 Gala are now available

24th Annual Spring Gala
Wednesday, May 16, 2018
6:30 PM
National Building Museum
401 F Street, NW
Washington, DC
Black tie attire

The Prevent Cancer Foundation Annual Spring Gala is recognized as one of Washington’s premier events, attracting more than 1,000 guests from the business, diplomatic, government, medical, sports, media and social communities.  The gala is recognized as one of Washington’s Top 100 Events by BizBash, and is a widely attended event, meeting all standards of official conduct. The 2017 Annual Spring Gala raised over $1.5 million and on average, 75 cents of each dollar raised through the Gala directly supports the Foundation’s mission.

Honorary Patrons
His Excellency, the Ambassador of the Republic of Singapore
Ashok Kumar Mirpuri and Mrs. Gouri Mirpuri

Cancer Champions
Senator Roy Blunt and Senator Patty Murray
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.

Honorary Congressional Co-Chairs
Senator Johnny Isakson
Senator Michael Bennet
Chairman Greg Walden
Representative Richard Neal

Gala Co-Chairs
Rai Downs and Angela Riemer

Corporate Co-Chairs
Nickie Currie and Alison Jones

For more information on the Gala, please contact Jacob Petersen at or (703) 837-3688.

Prevent Cancer Foundation Cancer Champion Award

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

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.