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 over $5,700,000. Last year's Gala raised a record setting $1,355,000 while netting over $1,070,000.
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 the Seventh Annual Joan Hisaoka "Make A Difference" Gala on Saturday, September 19, 2015 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 (receiving 60% of the net proceeds) will be Life with Cancer®, located in Northern Virginia. Life with Cancer® is part of Inova Health System, a not-for-profit healthcare system in Northern Virginia. The mission of Life with Cancer® is to enhance the quality of life of those affected by cancer by providing education, information and support. Their programs are free of charge to cancer patients and their loved ones, thanks to the generous support of the community. Anyone may attend, regardless of where treatment is received, and they offer classes for children, teens, and adults.
The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, located in Washington, DC will receive thirty percent of the net proceeds from the gala. The Smith Center provides creative and wellness resources for people living with cancer as well as the local community at large.
Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer, a 501(c)(3) non-profit, serves people in the Washington Metropolitan area and is dedicated to eliminating breast cancer as a life-threatening disease. The Foundation's mission is to advance exemplary practices for the ultimate in patient care through early diagnosis, education, research, and community outreach. The Foundation's 2015 Dense Breast Campaign initiatives will assist people who require further screening with 3-D ultrasound for optimum breast health. Brem Foundation will receive ten percent of the net gala proceeds.
We recognize that economic conditions have caused many of us to reevaluate our financial giving. Those of you whose lives have been touched in some way by cancer know people living with cancer cannot wait for an economic recovery 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 directly, or contact Vivian Thompson-Goldstein at 202.302.0053, or via email at JoansDifference@aol.com.
Thank you for your consideration, and I hope to see you on September 19, 2015.
Robert G. Hisaoka
- Letter from Gala Chairman
- About Joan Hisaoka
- 2016 Gala Sponsors
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- Hope and Healing Award
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