NEW YORK, Nov. 10, 2016 /PRNewswire-USNewswire/ -- The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF™) held its signature gala, the Fourteenth Annual Strolling Supper, on Wednesday, November 9 at Gotham Hall in New York City. The event was hosted by Bill Ritter, Co-Anchor Eyewitness News at 6 & 11, and raised the highest amount ever, nearly $1.5 million, to benefit lung cancer research.
The Strolling Supper brings together members of New York City's professional, social and philanthropic communities to help support LCRF and its mission to improve and save lives by funding groundbreaking research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer.
LCRF funds projects across the spectrum of basic, clinical and translational lung cancer research. To date, LCRF has funded nearly 300 grants, totaling $23 million. 2016 marked a record-breaking year for LCRF and its Scientific Grant Program, as LCRF awarded $2.2 million in research grants to 15 investigators.
"LCRF continues to fund a diverse portfolio of research projects year after year and it is fundraising events like the Strolling Supper that allow us to fund more and more innovative research for the most underfunded cancer," said Nancy Sanford, Executive Director, LCRF. "This year's Strolling Supper has single handedly raised more than 50 percent of the total amount LCRF awarded through the 2016 Scientific Grant Program."
The Fourteenth Annual Strolling Supper was attended by nearly 500 people. Guests enjoyed music by DJ Loyal presented by Troy Curtis Entertainment and bid on a variety of silent auction items including a St. Andrews Golf Experience for Two, a Safari Adventure in Kenya for Two, a Lionel Messi Hand-Signed Barcelona Jersey and Dinner for Four at Rao's in New York City.
"The Strolling Supper is a chance for lung cancer survivors and supporters to come together, celebrate, raise awareness and support our grant program," said Mary Ann Tighe, Vice Chair, LCRF Board of Directors. "We are grateful and honored that the Strolling Supper continues to be successful year after year."
The event's Research Grant sponsors included: Richard C. Blum; Broad Street Development, Raymond Chalmé and Daniel Blanco; The Durst Organization; The Edward John & Patricia Rosenwald Foundation; Greenlight Capital, Inc.; Ira Waldbaum Family Foundation; Malinsky Family Charitable Trust; Marjorie M. Fisher Fund; Michael R. Pascucci Lung Cancer Association; Office of Dr. David Hidalgo; Pershing Square Capital Management, L.P.; Mary Ann Tighe; The Tighe Hidalgo Foundation; Tishman Speyer; Tom Zangas Memorial Lung Cancer Foundation
About The Lung Cancer Research Foundation
The Lung Cancer Research Foundation (LCRF™) is a nonprofit organization focused on supporting lung cancer research. LCRF's mission is to improve and save lives by funding groundbreaking research for the prevention, diagnosis, treatment and cure of lung cancer. To date, LCRF has provided nearly 300 grants, totaling $23 million to 90 institutions around the world for critical lung cancer research.
Contact: Emily Prager, eprager@Lungfund.org, 212.588.1580
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SOURCE Lung Cancer Research Foundation