Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala Raises $3.5 Million for the Lurie Cancer Center
On Saturday, November 10, the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation (HCRF) raised more than $3.5 million to benefit high-impact translational research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University. “I Will Survive” was the theme of HCRF’s third annual gala, The Wings to Cure, attended by more than 600 guests at the Aon Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier.
Gala co-chairs, Alex and Danielle Samoylovich, welcomed guests and shared how losing their close friend and business partner, Jay Michael, fueled their desire to find cures. Together with HCRF’s founding chair, Eleni Bousis, they thanked friends and supporters for raising funds to “create hope and a bright future for those affected by cancer.”
LeeAnn Trotter, entertainment reporter for NBC 5, and Lou Canellis, sports anchor at WFLD-TV, were the evening’s emcees. The black-tie event began with an elegant cocktail reception. Matt Lewis and The Union Band set the tone for dinner and dancing.
A video highlighting the ground-breaking research of Lurie Cancer Center’s talented physicians and scientists was followed by remarks from director, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD. “Thank you all from the bottom of my heart for being here today. We have built a very strong group, all working to fight cancer together, through research and clinical care. I’m confident, with your support, we will make a big difference.”