Make A Difference Gala at the Mandarin Oriental

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September 21 @ 6:00 pm - 9:00 pm

Make A Difference

This Gala was created in an effort to continue to fulfill Joan’s desire to help others living with cancer and to raise money to support organizations that bring hope and healing to those faced with serious illness.

The need for help from people like you is greater than ever, and your contribution has the power to “make a difference” to those living with cancer today.

Join Us at this year’s ‘Make a Difference’ Gala!

We are honored to invite you to join us for the 12th Annual Joan Hisaoka Make a
Difference Gala on Saturday, September 21, 2019 at the Mandarin Oriental Hotel.
Smith Center Board Emeritus, Robert Hisaoka, created the gala in memory of his late sister, Joan, to help provide programs for others with cancer.  To date, the gala has raised over $14 million for cancer support services in our area.

As beneficiaries of the gala and with your generous support, we are able to realize our own mission of providing healing programs to people affected by cancer. Funds from the gala provide almost one third of Smith Center’s annual budget, benefiting the hundreds of cancer patients and families that come through our doors each year. The best part is, when you purchase a ticket or donate to this event, your contribution is more than doubled when it comes back to Smith Center.

Tickets are priced at $700 and are going fast! We hope that you will join us in
September for this extraordinary evening.

To purchase your ticket(s) today or find out more information, please contact Alison Lazar at or 202-483-8600.


September 21
6:00 pm - 9:00 pm
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