FORT LAUDERDALE, Fla., June 6, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) celebrated its 7th anniversary, 007 style, at the 7th Annual Dream Makers Gala on Saturday, April 9, 2016 at The Diplomat Resort & Spa in Hollywood Florida. With 540 registered attendees, over $318,000 was raised to fund research and benefit stomach cancer patients around the world.
Dressed to kill, guests enjoyed a "shaken not stirred" cocktail hour, silent and live auctions, dinner, awards, dancing, a James Bond themed photo booth, and a "Casino Royale." Master of Ceremonies Jeff Dellenbach, former American football center, presided over an incredible evening while Dale McLean of DaleTheHost.com and host of the Miami Heat's HEATv provided the entertainment.
David Kubiliun, Esq. of Greenspoon Marder Law and Shelley Goldstein co-chaired the event. "It is truly an honor to be a part of a foundation that is dedicated to saving lives by raising awareness and money to ultimately find a cure for stomach cancer. I am always so inspired by all of the incredible people I meet who are involved with DDF, so it was my pleasure to co-chair this event for the fourth year," said David Kubiliun, DDF Board Member and Event Co-Chair. Event sponsors included Title Sponsors Lilly Oncology and Boston Biomedical Pharma, Inc.; Diamond Sponsor Sheridan Healthcare; Emerald Sponsors Ross and Liz Tannenbaum, EMD Serono, and Debbie Zelman and Andrew Guttman; and Ruby Sponsors Memorial Hospital West Medical Staff, Rick and Rosa Gross, and The Miguel B. Family Foundation.
The Gala also presented awards to recipients Gilbert Drozdow, MD, MBA of Sheridan Healthcare Inc.; Lisa Petrillo of CBS Channel 4; Stewart H. Lapayowker, Esq. and Michele J. Lapayowker, D.O. of Lapayowker Jet Counsel, P.A.; Russell Sassani, MD and Michael Schneider of Take Shape Plastic Surgery, PA; Adam Bass, MD of Harvard Medical School and Dana-Farber Cancer Institute; Eric Sopshin of Emory University; and Zachary Steinberg of Cooper City High School.
"We are so excited to have celebrated our 7th anniversary and my personal cancer journey's 8th anniversary with such a fun theme and with so many loyal supporters," said Debbie Zelman, President and Founder of DDF. "The money we raise at this signature event directly impacts stomach cancer patients by raising awareness and funds for research, support, education, and advocacy. For a disease that receives the least amount of federal funding per cancer death, the funds raised will make a tremendous impact and we appreciate all of the support we have gotten from the community."
About Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer
Debbie's Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization dedicated to raising awareness about stomach cancer, advancing funding for research, and providing education and support internationally to patients, families, and caregivers. Debbie's Dream Foundation seeks as its ultimate goal to make the cure for stomach cancer a reality.
DDF was founded in 2009 by Debbie Zelman after she was diagnosed with stage IV incurable stomach cancer in 2008 and given only weeks to live. DDF now has chapters throughout the United States, Canada, and Germany and a Medical Advisory Board of world renowned doctors. Considered a "Super Survivor," Debbie is still receiving chemotherapy eight years later and is thrilled to be able to watch her three children grow up. To learn more about DDF, please visit us at www.DebbiesDream.org.
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