The fifth annual George Washington University Cancer Institute Gala was held on Saturday, May 3 at the National Building Museum in Washington, D.C. Proceeds from the annual black-tie event provide funds for critical cancer programs in the Washington metro area.
The evening was highlighted by an awards ceremony to recognize five honorees whose lives and work have had an impact on the community and the world. The 2008 GWCI honorees were:
- Archbishop Emeritus Desmond Tutu, cancer survivor and recipient of the Nobel Peace Prize – Cancer Compassion Award.
- Margaret Foti, PhD, chief executive officer of the American Association for Cancer Research – Distinguished Public Service Award
- Sean Swarner, two-time cancer survivor and founder of the CancerClimber Association – Spirit of Life Award.
- Robert Siegel, MD, GW director of Hematology and Oncology, and Paula Siegel, RN - Commitment to Overcoming Cancer Award.
NBC4 news anchor and health reporter Doreen Gentzler emceed the event, which included a silent auction, and Grammy®-nominated singer and songwriter Oleta Adams provided entertainment. The event was supported by principal benefactors Dr. and Mrs. Cyrus Katzen and Dr. and Mrs. Bernard Katzen. GW President Steven Knapp joined Provost and Vice President for Health Affairs, John F. Williams as hosts, with Diane Robinson Knapp and Kimberly D. Russo, associate administrator at GW Hospital, serving as the Gala co-chairs.
For more information, visit the Cancer Gala website.