Held at the historic Washington Hilton, the 28th Annual Lombardi Gala was a black-tie, not-to-miss event that brought together those affected by cancer to celebrate life and to raise funds to further research and develop a cure for cancer. The Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center’s annual gala gives 100% of the proceeds raised directly to fund cancer research.
This year, Lexus partnered with Georgetown University to raise funds by raffling off one of their 2015’s vehicles which definitely drew in a big crowd, as the raffle tickets were only $100 a piece! Among the various auction items were wines, champagnes, travel and spa packages along with various sporting autographed items and tickets.
During the dinner reception, many stories were told. Some stories were told by those who survived cancer and other stories were told by those whose loved one has been a victim of cancer. Each speech was genuine and inspirational.
Given how Washington, DC has a very unfortunately high mortality rate with cancer, it is more a reality than ever to come together, giving what we can to find a cure. Whether it be donating funds for research or of your time trying to find a cure and even the volunteers who spend time with those being treated for cancer, we can come together and make a difference. It is events like the Lombardi Gala that help raise awareness, spread knowledge and strengthen the community for the fight against cancer.
The night honored ESPN SportsCenter anchor Stuart Scott who was diagnosed with appendiceal cancer as he received the NFL Players Association Georgetown Lombardi Award at the gala as well as President and CEO of FosterSoft, Inc. Samuel Foster Jr. received the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award.
The Lombardi Gala is an event I plan on attending each year – until a cure for cancer is found, of course. The event was well planned, unique and an absolute success. All of the volunteers for the Lombardi Gala were magnificent, knowledgeable, prepared and kind. This was one of the best experiences I have ever had at an event. I am now more proud than ever to know my Grandfather, Richard Metzinger, attended a university that truly is making an impact on changing the future of the world, a university that is dedicated and determined to find a cure for cancer.
For further information regarding the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Gala, please visit: lombardigala.georgetown.edu