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The 2011 Hillman Cancer Center Gala: ‘A Future Without Cancer’

WHAT: “A Future Without Cancer,” a donor recognition and fundraising gala to benefit the Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Cancer Centers and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI).

WHO: 800 of the region’s leaders and longtime supporters of the Hillman Cancer Center, UPMC Cancer Centers and UPCI will be recognized for their philanthropic generosity on behalf of these organizations. 

Gala leadership includes:

  • Elsie & Henry Hillman, honorary co-chairs
  • Cathy & Sy Holzer, honorary co-chairs
  • Vanessa & David Morehouse, gala co-chairs
  • Becky & John Surma, gala co-chairs

Michele Pawk, Tony Award Winner and Butler native, will emcee

Christine Ebersole and Brian Stokes Mitchell, both of whom have careers that span the Broadway stage, television, films, concert appearances and recordings, will provide the evening’s entertainment.

This year’s gala is being presented by PNC.

WHEN: Wednesday, Oct. 19; 5:30 p.m., cocktail reception; 6:30 to 9:30 p.m., dinner and entertainment

WHERE: Consol Energy Center, 1001 Fifth Ave., Downtown

WHY: One in every two people will be diagnosed with cancer during their lifetimes. At UPCI and the UPMC Cancer Centers, our efforts focus on treatments for all types and stages of cancer, with an emphasis on "personalizing" cancer care to ensure that each patient receives the prevention, detection and treatment strategies that are most appropriate for him or her.

Support of the Gala helps provide important funding for the research projects that one day will stop cancer in its tracks.

For more information, call (412) 623-4700 or visit

Note to Media: To cover this event, contact Courtney McCrimmon at 412-715-8894 or

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