Joan Hisaoka Make a Difference Gala



Highlights from Last Year


Last year’s 10th Annual Joan Hisaoka “Make a Difference” Gala – Assisting those Living with Cancer was another tremendous success! We are grateful to gala founder and Smith Center Board Member Bob Hisaoka, our sponsors, and guests for their dedication to our mission. It was a great evening of community, remembrance, and support.

This one evening raised 1.75 million dollars for Smith Center and Life with Cancer. This brings the 10 year total to 12 million dollars.

The support we receive from the gala enables us to continue offering life-changing programs to people impacted by cancer. The money we receive from this event allows us to provide programs such as yoga and stress relief classes, support groups, creativity workshops, healing circles groups for widowers, retreats and much more for people in the DC Community facing cancer.

Thank you to our generous sponsors:

Barbara Smith Fund
Annette Polan
Jessica Stafford Davis
John Holmes &
Diane Zipursky Quale
Lucinda and Grenville Emmet
The Feldman Family Foundation
Galerie Myrtis
Brian Dailey – In Memory of Paula Ballo-Dailey
Steven and Rene Bookoff
Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund
Julia Rowland
Salti & Associates, LLC

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