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Annual Tribute to Our Friends
Celebrates Volunteers and Supporters

Port Washington-Manhasset Chapter President Carole Corbo (third from left) celebrates the CancerCare Lifetime Achievement Award with longtime members of the Chapter.

New York, NY — Against the backdrop of crisp fall weather and the autumnal equinox, CancerCare welcomed more than 100 people to its Manhattan office on September 22nd for the annual Tribute to Our Friends, an awards ceremony to celebrate the many individuals and organizations that help make possible our free support services for anyone affected by cancer.

Executive Director Diane Blum congratulates Team Spartan from Los Angeles on their fundraising success for CancerCare. Pictured left to right: Team Spartan members Laura Sandoval, Cynthia Maldonato, and Theresa Miranda.

"CancerCare has had a major impact this year on the lives of individuals facing cancer," noted CancerCare Board member Susan Smirnoff, citing that a record number of people across the country—more than 117,000 individuals in 92% of U.S. counties—received CancerCare direct services. Ms. Smirnoff, Executive Vice President of Ruder Finn, opened the evening by sharing these and other key accomplishments in fiscal year
2008–2009.

Executive Director Diane Blum then took the stage to present CancerCare's Corporate Responsibility Awards to two outstanding companies that have provided time, talent and resources to support our direct services.

Cornerstone Communications President Marsha Palanci (holding award), with staff members Jennifer O'Flanagan (far left) and Beth Cotenoff Voila, accepts the Corporate Responsibility Award.

Marsha Palanci, President of Cornerstone Communications, accepted the award on behalf of her company and employees, who have tirelessly volunteered their time and energy over the past four years to the annual "Under the Sea" Gala, our biggest fundraiser of the year that benefits CancerCare for Kids®. Cornerstone was also recognized for its annual bowling event, Knocking 'em Back for a Good Cause, which attracts a high-profile crowd from New York City's wine, fashion and media industries for an evening of fun and fundraising to support our free services for children and families affected by cancer.

Executive Director Diane Blum presents the Corporate Responsibility Award to Megan Pace, Genentech's Senior Director of Public Affairs.

Megan Pace, Senior Director of Public Affairs, accepted the Corporate Responsibility Award on behalf of Genentech. The company—a longtime partner of CancerCare—stepped up this year as the demand for CancerCare services rose dramatically due to the U.S. economic crisis. Genentech provided funding and support for CancerCare's Patient Financial Assistance program, the Helping Hand financial resources directory, and the new website of the Cancer Financial Assistance Coalition.

Director of Education Carolyn Messner presents the Physician of the Year Award to Dr. Jeffrey Bruce of New York-Presbyterian Hospital.

CancerCare Director of Education Carolyn Messner, DSW, presented the Physician of the Year award to Dr. Jeffrey Bruce, the Edgar M. Housepian Professor and Vice-Chairman of the Department of Neurological Surgery of Columbia University, New York-Presbyterian Hospital. For more than 15 years, Dr. Bruce has given generously of his time and touched the lives of thousands of CancerCare clients and health care professionals as a featured expert for our Connect Education Workshops.

Mary Morales (center), 2009 Donor of the Year, shares a special moment with family members in memory of her sister Valerie A. Rosa.

Mary Morales received the Donor of the Year award for her devotion to CancerCare. In 2004, Mary established the Valerie A. Rosa Memorial Fund to directly benefit patients like her sister, Valerie, who passed away from cancer as a young adult. Mary, together with her sister, Leslie, and Valerie's daughter, Melissa, accepted the Award in memory of Valerie.

To cap the evening, Diane Blum returned to the stage to honor CancerCare's Port Washington-Manhasset Chapter with the Lifetime Achievement award for its extraordinary 40-year history of fundraising for CancerCare. Since 1968, the Chapter has raised an astonishing $3 million to support our free services. One of the Chapter's most exciting and ambitious fundraisers has been the Red Stocking Revue, an original musical variety show the group has organized, produced and performed for 30 years! Chapter President Carole Corbo, founding member Barbara Faticone, and five other chapter members were on hand to accept the Award.

Also during the evening, special recognition was given to those who have created special fundraising events, including Team Spartan of California, Elizabeth Brache-Torres, and the Rosemary Doty Memorial Fund.

During the reception, Tribute guests enjoyed delectable appetizers from 212 Catering and fine Zaccagnini wines, compliments of Lauber Imports.

For more information about CancerCare free, professional counseling, education, and practical support services for anyone affected by cancer, visit www.cancercare.org or call 1-800-813-HOPE (4673).
 

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please visit the online photo gallery.

 

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