A Night at The Forum Raises Nearly $12.5 Million For the Fight Against Pancreatic Cancer
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Inaugural West Coast Fundraising Gala for The Lustgarten Foundation
Marks First Event Held at Reinvented “Fabulous” Forum
Sold-out Event Raises Nearly $2.5 Million to Support
The Lustgarten Foundation’s Efforts to Find A Cure for Pancreatic Cancer
A Stand Up To Cancer Funding Partner Will Commit an Additional $10 Million to Research
Inglewood, CA, January , 2014 – On Monday evening, January 13, the Forum in Inglewood, California hosted A Night At The Forum to benefit The Lustgarten Foundation, the nation’s largest nonprofit funder of pancreatic cancer research. The sold-out gala fundraiser, which was the first event to take place at the reinvented Forum, raised more than $12.5 million for the fight against pancreatic cancer. This included nearly $2.5 million that will go directly to supporting The Lustgarten Foundation’s efforts to detect the disease earlier, develop better treatments, and ultimately, find a cure. Stand Up To Cancer also announced that one of its funding partners would commit an additional $10 million to help support the ongoing fight to beat this lethal disease. And because Cablevision Systems Corporation, The Madison Square Garden Company and AMC Networks agreed to underwrite the event, all proceeds raised from A Night at The Forum are going directly to pancreatic cancer research.
Approximately 1,260 guests attended the inaugural event, which featured the legendary Eagles performing in honor of their former agent, Peter Grosslight, who served as one of the Gala chairs and who is currently battling pancreatic cancer. The evening, hosted by Chris Harrison from ABC’s The Bachelor, also included performances by Joan Baez and JD & The Straight Shot, as well as poignant remarks from Nobel Laureate Dr. James Watson on the topic of curing cancer.
The gala co-chairs, which include Irving Azoff, CEO, Azoff MSG Entertainment; James L. Dolan, Executive Chairman, The Madison Square Garden Company, and President and CEO, Cablevision Systems Corporation; Peter Grosslight, Director, William Morris Endeavor Entertainment; and William H. Isacoff, M.D., stated: “This evening, filled with memorable moments and musical performances, was beyond our wildest dreams. We are overwhelmed by the incredible number of people who came to show their support, and thank them for their tremendous generosity, which helped raise more than $12.5 million for the fight against pancreatic cancer. Pancreatic cancer is the most lethal of all cancers, and these funds are critical to helping advance research related to the diagnosis, treatment, cure and prevention of this deadly disease.”
In the next few months, the recipients of the Stand Up To Cancer-Lustgarten Foundation Pancreatic Cancer Convergence Dream Team Translational Research Grant will be announced. One of Stand Up To Cancer’s funding partners will then provide an additional $10 million in support for other scientists who will directly collaborate with this team over a multi-year period.