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Fanfare's Best Parties of 2016: Number 5: Future Without Cancer

| Monday, Dec. 19, 2016, 10:15 a.m.
Singer Judith Hill entertained at center stage during the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
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Singer Judith Hill entertained at center stage during the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
Nikol and Dr. Stanley Marks, ​chairman of the UPMC Cancer Center, attended the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
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Nikol and Dr. Stanley Marks, ​chairman of the UPMC Cancer Center, attended the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
Dr. Melonie Nance attended the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
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Dr. Melonie Nance attended the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
Tim and Audrey Fisher, daughter of the late Elsie Hillman, attended the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
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Tim and Audrey Fisher, daughter of the late Elsie Hillman, attended the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
Stefania Romoff joined her husband and UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff during the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.
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Stefania Romoff joined her husband and UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff during the Hillman Cancer Center Gala at the CONSOL Energy Center, in Uptown. Sept. 29, 2016.

A Future Without Cancer

September 29, 2016

Beneficiary: Hillman Cancer Center

“This is world-class,” said Hillman Cancer Center gala honorary chair Sy Holzer. “It's what makes Pittsburgh world class. This is what we are and what we expect.”

Also world class? The whopping $6.3 million dollars the signature event raised, in addition to the 800 guests it drew to the bowl of the CONSOL Energy Center on September 29.

“You would not even know you're on ice right now,” Holzer joked.

Under the spell of a room that absolutely dazzled the senses from start to finish, it was up to legendary jazz artist Max Leake and Cello Fury to keep the stage hot for featured performer and singer/songwriter Judith Hill, whose parents, Robert “Pee Wee” and Michiko Hill, played with the band.

The evening included a presentation of the Dr. Stanley Marks OHA Endowed Chair in Hematology/Oncology Leadership to its namesake, who is also chairman of UPMC CancerCenter.

“I was so surprised. I just found out on Friday and they'd been planning it for a year,” he said.

A Future Without Cancer also celebrated 30 years of innovative cancer research and discovery here in Pittsburgh.

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