Tressa Kirby

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Marks 40th Anniversary of Its Founding with Gala

Washington, DC -- This year marks the 40th anniversary of the founding of the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, named for the legendary National Football League coach Vincent T. Lombardi. In honor of this milestone, Vincent T. Lombardi II, grandson of this beloved figure, will join friends and supporters at the annual Lombardi Gala, “Color the Cure,” on Saturday, November 6, 2010, at the Washington Hilton, 1919 Connecticut Avenue NW.  Lombardi’s founding director, John Potter, MD, will be honored for his leadership in establishing the cancer center.

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center, is founded on the principles of teamwork, commitment and excellence, encompassing the successful philosophy of the renowned football coach. Its oncologists, nurses and volunteers are dedicated to a comprehensive approach to individual care. Lombardi has access to the most advanced treatments in cancer including cutting edge clinical trials and has once again earned the National Cancer Institute’s highest distinction, remaining the only “comprehensive cancer center” in the Washington, DC region.

Washington Redskins greats Charley Taylor, John Riggins, Brig Owens and Bobby Mitchell will be in attendance to help honor the founding of Lombardi.

A highlight of the evening will be the raffle of a 2011 Lexus IS 250C courtesy of the Washington Area Lexus Dealers. The gala’s official sponsors include Lexus, represented by Lindsay Lexus of Alexandria, Lexus of Rockville, Lexus of Silver Spring and Pohanka Lexus of Chantilly, American Airlines, Diageo the Champagne & Wine Sponsor; and Washington Life.

Media are invited to attend and required to RSVP with Tressa Iris Kirby, Georgetown University, at 202-687-8865 or For corporate sponsorship information, contact Elena Jeannotte, Georgetown University, 202-687-3866 or

About Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center
Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, part of Georgetown University Medical Center and Georgetown University Hospital, seeks to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and prevention of cancer through innovative basic and clinical research, patient care, community education and outreach, and the training of cancer specialists of the future. Lombardi is one of only 40 comprehensive cancer centers in the nation, as designated by the National Cancer Institute, and the only one in the Washington, DC, area. For more information, visit

About Georgetown University Medical Center
Georgetown University Medical Center is an internationally recognized academic medical center with a three-part mission of research, teaching and patient care (through MedStar Health). GUMC’s mission is carried out with a strong emphasis on public service and a dedication to the Catholic, Jesuit principle of cura personalis -- or "care of the whole person." The Medical Center includes the School of Medicine and the School of Nursing and Health Studies, both nationally ranked, the world-renowned Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO). In fiscal year 2009-2010, GUMC accounted for 79 percent of Georgetown University's extramural research funding. For more information, visit