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Fanfare: UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala raises $4.1 million

| Sunday, Sept. 17, 2017, 9:00 p.m.
Event organizer Ryan Stana and Meghan Scichilone, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Event organizer Ryan Stana and Meghan Scichilone, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Diane and Cliff Rowe, Sy Holzer, Dr. Stanley Marks, Herb and Barbara Shear, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Diane and Cliff Rowe, Sy Holzer, Dr. Stanley Marks, Herb and Barbara Shear, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff with his wife, Stefania, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey Romoff with his wife, Stefania, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Linda Melada with husband Dr. Arthur Levine and Debi Wheeler, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Linda Melada with husband Dr. Arthur Levine and Debi Wheeler, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Sophia Hasiqimuge and Dr. Jing Zhou Hou, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Sophia Hasiqimuge and Dr. Jing Zhou Hou, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Nikol Marks, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Nikol Marks, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Athena Sarris with son-in-law Steven Heon, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Athena Sarris with son-in-law Steven Heon, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Dr. Gloria Minella and Casey Pratkanis, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Dr. Gloria Minella and Casey Pratkanis, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Kelly Gates and Greg Barrett, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Kelly Gates and Greg Barrett, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Charlie and LaTasha Batch, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Charlie and LaTasha Batch, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly and son-in-law Glenn Stanzione, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Pittsburgh Pirates president Frank Coonelly and son-in-law Glenn Stanzione, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Colleen Simonds, Sloan Overstrom and Ramsey Lyons, Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Colleen Simonds, Sloan Overstrom and Ramsey Lyons, Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
Hillman Cancer Center Gala,
PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.
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Hillman Cancer Center Gala, PPG Paints Arena, Uptown. Sept. 14, 2017.

“Every day we get closer,” said UPMC Cancer Center Chairman Dr. Stanley Marks with his wife, Nikol. “This is probably the most exciting time for cancer research. In the last two years, we've had bigger breakthroughs than ever before and we're closer than we ever were before.”

When the UPMC Hillman Cancer Center welcomed 850 guests to the PPG Paints Arena on September 14, its theme resonated with the resolve and dedication on both the scientific and clinical side to see “A Future Without Cancer.”

“It touches so many people,” said Eva Blum. “It just seems like everyone knows someone who has been affected by cancer.”

Co-chairs Diane and Cliff Rowe and Barbara and Herb Shear joined honorary chair Sy Holzer in welcoming a powerhouse of bold names that included UPMC president and CEO Jeffrey and Stefania Romoff, board chair Nicholas and Dorothy Beckwith, UPMC Hillman Cancer Center director Dr. Robert Ferris and his wife, Dr. Laura Ferris, University of Pittsburgh Chancellor Patrick and Karen Gallagher, Dr. Arthur Levine and Linda Melada, Dr. Mark Gladwin and Tammy Shields, Steven and Nicole Shapiro, Chuck and Mary Ann Bogosta, Darlene and Jack Mascaro, Scott Olofson, Debi Wheeler, David and Vanessa Morehouse and PNC Elsie Hillman Distinguished Scholar Awardees Dr. Yuan Chang and Dr. Patrick Moore.

Following cocktails, guests were escorted into the arena where RWS Entertainment Group had transformed the bowl into a ballroom in 24 hours. From there, courses were served, cleared and the stage set for Grammy-award winning instrumental artist Chris Botti.

The event raised $4.1 million.

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