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Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer Strolling Supper Brings in $1.3 Million for Lung Cancer Research

Published: November 19th, 2012

The Foundation’s Signature Fall Gala Hosted by Brian Williams Celebrates Ten Years of Dedication to Finding a Cure

(New York, NY – November 19, 2012) – Joan’s Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer reports $1.3 million raised at its annual gala to benefit lung cancer research, the “Strolling Supper with Blues and News.” Held at Gotham Hall on Wednesday, November 14, 2012, the Strolling Supper celebrated its tenth anniversary and was attended by 700 guests who joined to support the foundation and the many important strides it has made in the name of lung cancer research throughout the years.

The Strolling Supper is the largest event marking Lung Cancer Awareness month in New York, shining a spotlight on the need for research to combat the nation’s most deadly cancer. Within the past ten years, the Strolling Supper has helped Uniting Against Lung Cancer fund more than $10 million in research grants at 49 different institutions across the United States -- $1 million in 2012 alone.

“When we started Uniting Against Lung Cancer we wanted to make connections with cutting-edge doctors in the field of lung cancer, providing them with the funds to find a cure and create awareness for the nation’s most deadly cancer,” said Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CBRE’s Tri-State Region and the President of the foundation. “As we celebrate the tenth year, we look back with pride at all we have contributed to the advancement of lung cancer research in the country, and anticipate all the great things to come.”

Special moments throughout the evening included an energetic performance by Grammy award winning blues musician Delbert McClinton, a rich silent auction complete with luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences up for bid, a kickoff from the Cardinal Spellman marching band, and delectable food and cocktails.

Celebrating the event’s 10th Anniversary, Uniting Against Lung Cancer honored its Medical Committee – comprised of 10 of the nation’s leading lung cancer researchers and clinicians – for their contributions to advancement in the field of lung cancer and their role in guiding the foundation’s Scientific Program. In addition, the foundation recognized its board member Dr. David Hidalgo, the founding chair of the Medical Committee and driving force behind its formation and success.

The honorees and Medical Committee members are: David P. Carbone, MD, PhD, of Ohio State University; Steven M. Dubinett, MD, of the University of California, Los Angeles; Eric B. Haura, MD, of H. Lee Moffit Cancer Center & Research Institute; John V. Heymach, MD, PhD, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Mark G. Kris, MD of Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center; Matthew L. Meyerson, MD, PhD, of Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; William Pao, MD, PhD, of Vanderbilt University; Katherine M. Pisters, MD, of M.D. Anderson Cancer Center; Charles M. Rudin, MD, PhD, of Johns Hopkins University; and Kwok-Kin Wong, MD, PhD, Dana-Farber Cancer Institute.

NBC’s Brian Williams, host of the event, honored his late friend Joan Scarangello, a talented news writer for whom the foundation was founded. Joan, a never-smoker, lost her battle with lung cancer at the age of 47 in 2001. Williams presented the foundation’s Caine Halter Hope Now Award, an annual award recognizing the efforts of research labs developing novel treatment options for lung cancer patients and survivors.

This year’s recipient, Dr. Paul Bunn, is the James Dudley endowed Professor of Lung Cancer Research at the University of Colorado. Dr. Bunn is recognized for his unwavering commitment to advancing lung cancer research and the care of persons with the illness. Dr. Bunn has made innumerable contributions to advancing care for lung cancer patients throughout his career, most notably developing novel therapies.

“Tonight was our most successful Strolling Supper to date. Thank you to all of our supporters, medical staff, and partners who have helped us get to this point.” added Uniting Against Lung Cancer Executive Director Linda Wenger. “The strong momentum gained tonight will help us continue to make a positive impact towards a cure for lung cancer.”

WABC-TV’s Bill Ritter served as the event’s emcee. He remembered his mother, whom he lost to lung cancer. Ritter has dedicated himself to raising the profile of lung cancer and the need for research.

Uniting Against Lung Cancer, a 501 (c)(3) organization headquartered in New York was founded in 2001 in memory of Joan Scarangello, a never-smoker who lost her battle with lung cancer at age 47. Uniting Against Lung Cancer is dedicated to finding a cure for lung cancer by providing funding for innovative research, and to raising awareness of the nation’s deadliest cancer. For more information, please visit