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12th Anniversary Joan Hisaoka Gala

Dear Friends:

My sister, Joan Hisaoka, founder of Hisaoka Public Relations, was 48 when she lost her battle with cancer on May 14, 2008.

To honor her memory and her dream of assisting those living with cancer, the first annual Joan Hisaoka "Make A Difference" Gala was held in October 2008. Since then, thanks to the generous support of people like you, we have raised approximately $14,000,000. Last year's Gala raised a record setting $1,930,000 while netting $1,645,000. We hope to exceed last year's record-breaking totals.

In an effort to continue to fulfill Joan's desire to help others living with cancer and to raise money to support organizations that bring hope and healing to those faced with serious illness, we will host the12th Anniversary Joan Hisaoka "Make A Difference" Gala on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Omni Shoreham Hotel.A four-course dinner, complete with wine pairings, will be designed and prepared especially for this event. This black tie event will also include a reception, dancing, and silent and live auctions with exclusive luxurious items.

Our main beneficiary will be Life with Cancer, the educational and emotional support program of the Inova Schar Cancer Institute. The mission of Life with Cancer is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing education, information and support. Life with Cancer programs are provided at no cost to the cancer patients of all ages and their loved ones regardless of where treatment is received, thanks to the generous support of the community.

In addition, the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts and a new addition to our beneficiaries, Special Love, will receive a portion of the proceeds from the gala. Located in Washington, D.C., the Smith Center provides creative and wellness resources for people living with cancer as well as the local community at large. With offices in both Maryland and Virginia, Special Love helps children with cancer to "just be kids," through camps, emergency financial assistance, and college scholarships.

Those of you whose lives have been touched in some way by cancer know people living with cancer cannot wait to receive support. The need for your help is greater than ever, and your contribution has the power to "make a difference" to those living with cancer today.

The sponsorship opportunities for this year's gala are enclosed. We hope you will help to provide hope and healing to those living with cancer by becoming a sponsor.

For further information, please feel free to contact me or Susan Hubert at Make A Difference Gala.

Together, we can make a difference in the lives of those living with cancer. Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to see you on September 21, 2019.

Best regards,

Robert G. Hisaoka
Gala Chairman



Your 2018 Tax Deductible Contribution will benefit Life with Cancer® and the Smith Center.

For more information, contact Susan Hubert Tel: 202.689.1917 | Fax: 202.689.1901