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Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation Gala Raises More Than $1.1 Million to Benefit Lurie Cancer Center

gala1.jpgOn Saturday, November 11, the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation’s Wings to Cure eighth annual gala raised more than $1.1 million to advance innovative cancer research at the Robert H. Lurie Comprehensive Cancer Center of Northwestern University.

Co-chaired by fashion designer Peter Dundas and Evangelo Bousis, the spectacular evening began with an elegant cocktail reception, followed by dinner, dancing and entertainment. A moving performance by operatic tenor Akris Kalmoukis, who traveled from Europe for the event, was among the most memorable moments.

The gala’s emcee, Lou Cannelis, Sports Anchor at Fox 32 News, was joined by actress and model Dree Hemingway as HCRF brought together more than 900 guests in the Aon Grand Ballroom at Chicago’s Navy Pier, including local and international corporate, civic, and philanthropic leaders dedicated to changing lives through cancer research.

gala2.jpgHCRF founding chair, Eleni Bousis and Lurie Cancer Center director, Leonidas Platanias, MD, PhD, together with Nicole Liadis, PhD, and Danielle Samoylovich, emphasized the impact of pioneering cancer research. Dr. Platanias expressed his gratitude to Eleni Bousis for spearheading the effort, and uniting others who share her vision. “We are profoundly grateful to the Hippocratic Cancer Research Foundation, and to all of you, for creating new opportunities and hope for a cancer-free future,” he said. 

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