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FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE: October 28, 2011


CONTACT:

Katherine Brazauskas
202-687-2679
kcb39@georgetown.edu


Georgetown Lombardi Gala 2011

Celebrating 25 Years of Caring


Washington, DC – This year marks 25 years of celebrating first-rate care at the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center Gala. It is through partnerships, teamwork, and support that a commitment to excellence and innovation is ensured. The celebration will be held on Saturday, November 5th at the Washington Hilton.

Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, a part of Georgetown University Medical Center was founded on principals of excellence, fortitude, and courage that were also exhibited in legendary football coach Vince Lombardi. Honoring the support and charitable contributions of the community, Georgetown Lombardi remains a cornerstone of care, home to top-tier researchers and clinicians who are driven to end cancer through groundbreaking scientific discoveries and treatments.

This year’s honorary chair of the Lombardi Gala is DeMaurice Smith, executive director of the NFL Players’ Association. Smith’s wife of 18 years was diagnosed with breast cancer four years ago.

“This event helps solidify the link between the great traditions of football and the amazing work done by the people at the Lombardi Cancer Center. My wife is a breast cancer survivor. We’ve seen how cancer can impact a family. Thanks to Lombardi, we’ve also seen how people who are dedicated to eliminating this disease can come together to make it better for families who have been affected,” said Smith.

The evening will also recognize Mr. Thomas J. Donohue and Mrs. Elizabeth Donohue with the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award for their lifelong dedication to helping others in the community and contributing their time, resources, and energy to numerous charitable endeavors. A cocktail reception and silent auction will begin at 6:00 PM, followed by dinner, raffle, award presentations, and dancing to begin at 8:00 PM.

In addition to the silent auction that features luxury travel, home, and personal goods, the Lombardi Gala will be raffling off the all new 2012 Lexus CT 200h Hybrid sponsored by longtime partner, Washington Area Lexus Dealers.

For more information please visit the Lombardi Gala website.

Media are invited to attend and are required to RSVP to Katherine Brazauskas, Georgetown University Medical Center, at 202.687.2679 or kcb39@georgetown.edu. For corporate sponsorship information, contact Elena Jeannotte, Georgetown University, at 202.687.3866 or ej48@georgetown.edu.


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. Georgetown 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 Georgetown Lombardi online.

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 & Health Studies, both nationally ranked; Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center, designated as a comprehensive cancer center by the National Cancer Institute; and the Biomedical Graduate Research Organization (BGRO), which accounts for the majority of externally funded research at GUMC including a Clinical Translation and Science Award from the National Institutes of Health. In fiscal year 2010-11, GUMC accounted for 85 percent of the university’s sponsored research funding. For more information, visit GUMC online.

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