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The 2015 Hillman Cancer Center Gala Celebrates UPCI’s 30th Anniversary

WHAT: The 2015 Hillman Cancer Center Gala “A Future Without Cancer” will celebrate the support of donors and raise money to benefit the UPMC CancerCenter and the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute (UPCI), which turns 30 this year. UPCI is the only National Cancer Institute-designated Comprehensive Cancer Center in western Pennsylvania. The evening will include a tribute celebrating the life and work of Elsie Hillman, who died last month.
WHO: More than 800 of the region’s leaders and longtime supporters of UPMC CancerCenter and UPCI will be recognized for their philanthropic generosity. 
Gala leadership includes: 
• Elsie & Henry Hillman, honorary co-chairs
• Cathy & Sy Holzer, honorary co-chairs
• Debbie & Frank Coonelly, gala co-chair
• Leslie & Jim Rutherford, gala co-chair
This year’s gala is being presented by PNC.
WHEN: Thursday, Sept. 17, 2015
• 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: Support of the gala helps provide crucial funding for the research that takes us one step closer to a future without cancer. UPCI and the UPMC CancerCenter are focused on treatments for all types and stages of cancer, with an emphasis on personalizing cancer care to ensure that each patient receives the most appropriate prevention, detection and treatment strategies.
For more information, call 412-623-4700 or visit  
Note to Media: To cover this event, contact Jennifer Yates at 412-647-9966 or

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