Fanfare: UPMC Hillman Cancer Center Gala raises $4.1 million
“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.