The Lymphoma Research Foundation (LRF) will host its 2016 Annual Gala on Sept. 28 in New York City.
Themed An Evening of Incredible Inspiration, the event will take place at the Mandarin Oriental at the top of the Time Warner Center and close to the shops at Columbus Circle – which will be lit in red lights in as part of the ‘Light it Red for Lymphoma’ campaign for Blood Cancer Awareness Month.
This year’s event marks the first time that the LRF will host its annual gala during September, globally recognized as Blood Cancer Awareness Month. In 2015, the event raised $1.1 million to fund LRF’s innovative research programs.
Sotheby’s renowned auctioneer C. Hugh Hildesley will return to lead the live auction and the LRF’s ‘Raise it for LRF’ signature segment. The exciting auction portion of the evening raised nearly $320,000 in mere minutes last year.
This year’s annual gala will honor inspiring contributors to LRF’s work:
- The Corporate Leadership Award will be presented to Pharmacyclics and Janssen Oncology in recognition of their generosity and support for LRF’s patient education programs and for their commitment to improving the lives of lymphoma patients.
- The Freundlich Leadership Award will be presented to Miriam Phalen for her continued commitment to eradicating lymphoma and for serving the community as a member of the LRF Board of Directors.
- The Distinguished Service Award will go to to Paul V. Majkowski, Esq. for his service to the organization as a LRF Ambassador and Regional Leadership Council member.
LRF is the nation’s largest non-profit organization devoted solely to funding lymphoma research and serving the community through robust education programs, outreach initiatives, and patient services.
“The Lymphoma Research Foundation’s Annual Gala provides vital hope and inspiration to the lymphoma community,” Michael Werner, chair of LRF’s board of directors, said in a press release. “This year promises to be the true pinnacle of the tremendous groundswell of support built during Blood Cancer Awareness Month, a momentum that we hope to leverage in our quest for a cure.”
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