Help and Hope Award
Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee
The gala is a vital source of funding for CancerCare and the organization’s premier event for its trustees and donors. More than 500 people including community and business leaders, corporate partners and celebrities are expected to attend the event. Previous attendees include Katie Couric, Laura Linney, Cynthia Nixon, Whoopi Goldberg, Chef David Burke, Sam Donaldson, Mayor David Dinkins, Jessye Norman and many other notable figures who support CancerCare’s mission. Past honorees include Frank Doroff (former Executive Vice President of Bloomingdale’s), Bristol-Myers Squibb, Astellas & Medivation, Bayer HealthCare, Pamela S. Wygod and WebMD Health Foundation and Weil, Gotshal & Manges.
Meet our Committee
Founded in 1944, CancerCare is the leading national organization providing free, professional support services and information to help people manage the emotional, practical and financial challenges of cancer. Our comprehensive services include counseling and support groups over the phone, online and in-person, educational workshops, publications and financial and co-payment assistance. All CancerCare services are provided by oncology social workers and world-leading cancer experts.
Tony Award-winner and five-time Tony Award nominee Laura Benanti is a highly celebrated stage and screen actress, who recently ended her critically acclaimed run on Broadway as Eliza Doolittle in Lincoln Center’s revival of “My Fair Lady.” Her television credits include “Younger,” “The Detour,” “Supergirl,” “Law & Order: SVU,” “Nashville,” “The Good Wife, “Elementary,” “Nurse Jackie," “The Big C,” NBC’s “The Sound of Music Live” and her heralded turn as First Lady Melania Trump on “The Late Show with Stephen Colbert.” Other Broadway credits include Steve Martin’s Meteor Shower, Amalia Balash in She Loves Me (Tony and Drama Desk Award nominee), Gypsy Rose Lee in Gypsy opposite Patti LuPone (Tony, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards), Women on the Verge of a Nervous Breakdown (Tony nomination, Drama Desk and Outer Critics Circle Awards winner), Into the Woods (Tony, Drama Desk, Outer Critics Circle nominations), In the Next Room or The Vibrator Play, The Wedding Singer, Nine (starring Antonio Banderas). Other distinguished theater performances include Perdita in The Winter's Tale at the Williamstown Theatre Festival, Anne in A Little Night Music at the L.A. Opera, Eileen in Wonderful Town, and Rosabella in The Most Happy Fella, both for City Center Encores!
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The 2020 CancerCare Gala will be highlighted by a selection of live and silent auction items featuring the best of New York City and more. Our auctioneer will have you raising your paddles high to place your bid on the fabulous live auction items. Bid on a silent auction selection of fine wines, exquisite dinners, luxury items, once-in-a-lifetime experiences and vacation getaways.