Pittsburgh's finest assemble for Hillman Cancer Center Gala

| Sunday, Oct. 27, 2013, 9:00 p.m.

An army of 950 supporters arrived at Consol Energy Center on Oct. 24 to celebrate the 2013 Hillman Cancer Center Gala.

Living Courageously: A Future Without Cancer brought a powerhouse of Pittsburgh's finest together with a singular goal of eradicating the disease that saw 74,000 patients being treated last year at the UPMC Cancer Centers.

“By working together, we will make a difference,” said Christina Cardoso, who, with husband Carlos, chaired the event with Rebecca Cost Snyder.

Henry andElsie Hillman and PNC Bank, Pittsburgh prez Sy Holzer served as honorary chairs for a crowd that included University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and UPMC CancerCenter director Dr. Nancy Davidson (with Thomas Kensler), UPMC CancerCenter chair Dr. Stanley Marks (with Nikol), first lady of Pennsylvania Susan Corbett, Dr. Arthur Levine and Linda Melada, Pitt Chancellor Mark andNikki Nordenberg, John andBecky Surma, Deb Wheeler, Frank Coonelly, Anne Lewis andJim Zeszutek, David andVanessa Morehouse, and National League Manager of the Year Clint andKarla Hurdle.

“You never know where to start and where to end when you talk about the Hillmans, so you just start and don't end,” Holzer said after an emotional tribute video that was underscored with a live performance by the Pittsburgh Symphony Orchestra.

A whopping $4 million will benefit UPCI and UPMC CancerCenters.

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