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12th Anniversary Joan Hisaoka Gala

An Evening to Remember

12th Annual Joan Hisaoka "Make A Difference" Gala
Saturday, September 21, 2019
The Mandarin Oriental Washington, D.C.

Event Name, Date & Location:

12th Annual Joan Hisaoka "Make A Difference" Gala

Saturday, September 21, 2019

The Mandarin Oriental, Washington, D.C.

Event Format:

5:30 – 6:30 p.m. VIP Reception

6:00 p.m. – General Reception and Silent Auction

7:30 p.m. – Program, Dinner and Live Auction

10:00 – 11:00 p.m. After Party


Black Tie

Sponsorship Levels:
Presenting Sponsors $100,000 Benefactors $10,000
Diamond Sponsors $75,000 Friends $8,000
Platinum Sponsors $50,000 Donors $5,000
Gold Sponsors $25,000 Contributors $3,000
Silver Sponsors $15,000 Supporters $1,700
Individual Tickets:


About Joan Hisaoka:

Joan Hisaoka was a remarkable woman who was 48 years old when she lost her battle with cancer on May 14, 2008. During her lifetime, Joan received numerous awards for both her community involvement and her work as the founder of Hisaoka Public Relations, which represented many top metro-area hospitality, tourism and retail clients. Included in the honors Joan received were the prestigious international Silver Anvil Award in 2004 - one of the highest honors in public relations, and being named one of the 50 most powerful and influential women in 2004, as a recipient of the Washington Business Journal's Women Who Mean Business award.

Through her experiences at cancer-related retreats and programs across the country, Joan learned the immense healing power of emotional, psychological and spiritual support, and sought to extend that support to others. This Gala was created to honor Joan and her dream of assisting those living with cancer. With the proceeds, we will continue her unfinished work by supporting organizations that bring hope and healing to those faced with serious illness. To learn more about the Joan Hisaoka Gala, visit here.

About the Beneficiaries:

This year our main beneficiary will be Life with Cancer. Life with Cancer is 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.

The Smith Center for Healing and the Arts is a Washington, D.C. based nonprofit health, education and creative arts organization that serves individuals, families and communities affected by cancer and other serious illness.. To learn more about Smith Center, visit

Special Love provides camps and a community of support to children with cancer and their families. For more than three decades, the organization has helped children with cancer to "just be kids," through camps, emergency financial assistance, and college scholarships, visit

Gala & Sponsorship Information Contact:

Susan Hubert

(202) 689-1917 or

Silent Auction:
Silent Auction:

To donate an item to the Silent Auction, please download the Silent Auction Donor form

Your 2019 Tax Deductible Contribution will benefit Life with Cancer® and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts, and Special Love

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