The Prevent Cancer Foundation celebrated the Day of Woman along with its honorary partner, the Italian Embassy at its annual Spring Gala on March 8. Known in Italy as Della de Donna, the 8th of March is Italy’s International Women’s Day.The evening also marked the Foundation’s 27th year and its annual salute to the international community and its efforts in the fight to prevent cancer by raising awareness and research funds. Nearly $1.3 million was raised to support the foundation and its efforts.
Joann Piccolo chaired the gala for the second year in a row and she thanked the audience saying, “It has been an honor to serve as the Gala Chair for two years and to do my small part in helping with the Foundation’s quest to detect and eradicate this disease.”
Former Congresswoman Ellen Tauscher was honored as this year’s Cancer Champion. She accepted the award presented to her by Senator Dianne Feinstein (D-CA) saying, “I dedicate every day of the rest of my life to the fight to end cancer.”
Italy and the Italian Embassy was well-represented by the Honorary Patrons his Excellency, the Ambassador of Italy to the United States Claudio Bisogniero and Mrs. Laura Denise Bisogniero. Ambassador Bisogeniero said, “Collaboration on an international scale is crucial for international prevention success and health diplomacy.”
The honorary congressional co-chairs included: Senator and Mrs. Max Baucus, Representative and Mrs. Dave Camp and Representative and Mrs. John Dingell. Some of the others who contributed included dinner committee co-chairs David and Susan Hirschmann; members of the dinner committee and Carolyn “Bo” Aldigé, the President and Founder of the Prevent Cancer Foundation.
Other dignataries included Rear Admiral Susan J. Blumenthal, Former US Assistant Surgeon General First Deputy Asst Secretary for Women’s Health, Senator John and Mrs. Bobbi Barrasso and Representative Dave and Mrs. Nancy Camp.