|Gala Corporate Chair Paul G. Stern with Event Chair Grace Bender|
Photos credit: Eli Turner
At Friday night’s stunning gala benefiting the lung cancer research of the LUNGevity Foundation, every detail was perfect - whether the décor, the food, the music or the flowers.
Magnificent floral arrangements of white and apple green with masses of delicate purple orchids were matched in the veiling of colored lights bathing the columns of the ballroom. Even the table service and glasses were of especially fine quality as well.
|Morning News Anchor Andrea Roane of WUSA-9|
During the excellent dinner ―salad of crab, Maine lobster and avocado salad, then rack of lamb and fresh peach ice cream cake― we heard from solo pianist Richard Blumenfeld and Philip Doc Martin and DC Fusion. Martin’s group and Sound Connection played for the dancing that followed. Admirable wines were served throughout the dinner.
|Alexandra de Borchgrave Grace Bender former Congressman Michael G. Oxley|
WUSA morning news anchor Andrea Roane emceed the program, which included the presentation by Andrea Stern Ferris of the Face of Hope Award to lung cancer survivor and former Congressman Michael G. Oxley,who works to elevate awareness and change policy.
|Gala Honorary Chairs Ann and Vernon Jordan|
Thanks to the sold-out seats, the live auction led by Lynne Zink and the generous corporate contributions, Grace Bender was able to announce that over a million dollars were raised for the LUNGevity Foundation’s cause. Further, every penny raised will go to lung cancer research as the Stern family, headed by Dr. Paul Sterm, husband of the late Pat Stern, had underwritten the entire evening.
|LUNGevity Foundation President Andrea Stern Ferris; Gala Chair Grace Bender; former Cong.Michael G. Oxley and wife Pat|
|John Sweeney, Swiss International Air Lines’ Erin King Sweeney||Grace Bender and Cong.Pete King|