NEW YORK CITY—Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer lastWednesday marked its 12th year of funding lung cancerresearch by raising more than $1.4 million at its signature galaevent, the “Strolling Supper with Blues and News.” A total of 750guests—including many real estate executives—gathered at GothamHall in Midtown to support the efforts of the partners and doctorswho have tirelessly raised awareness and pursued a cure for thenation's deadliest cancer.

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The Strolling Supper is the largest event marking Lung CancerAwareness month in New York. Lung cancer is severely underfunded,lagging behind all other cancers. Over the past twelve years, theStrolling Supper has helped Uniting Against Lung Cancer fund $12million in research grants at 47 different institutions across theUnited States.

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“The Joan's Legacy: Uniting Against Lung Cancer Strolling Supperonly continues to grow each year. We were thrilled to see so manynew and familiar faces, and know that each and every attendee isdoing their part to assist the fight against this terribledisease,” said Mary Ann Tighe, CEO of CBRE's tri-state region andthe president of the UALC board. “We are pleased to celebrate our12th annual event and we continue to hope that somedaysoon we will share the joy of finding a cure with our dedicatedpartners.”

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Throughout the evening, guests enjoyed a silent auction packedwith luxury items and once-in-a-lifetime experiences, a performanceby Grammy award winning blues artist Delbert McClinton, and savoryfood and cocktails.

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NBC's Brian Williams, a long-time supporter of the Joan'sLegacy: Strolling Supper returned as the event's host and honorarychairman, and remembered his late friend and colleague JoanScarangello, a news writer in whose memory the foundation wasestablished. Joan, a non-smoker, lost her battle with lung cancerat the age of 47 in 2001. Williams urged the crowd to donate toResearch by the Hour, a program which allows attendees to sponsoran hour of lung cancer research.

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“We would like to express sincere thanks to all of those whomade this year's Strolling Supper a true success,” added RoxanneDonovan, event co-chair and UALC board member. “We are grateful toour partners and medical advisors for their continued support,tireless efforts and dedication to Uniting Against Lung Cancer. Welook forward to achieving even greater milestones in the years tocome.”

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Rayna Katz

Rayna Katz is a seasoned business journalist whose extensive experience includes coverage of the lodging sector, travel and the culinary space. She was most recently content director for a business-to-business publisher, overseeing four publications. While at Meeting News, a travel trade publication, she received a Best Reporting award for a story on meeting cancellations in New Orleans during Hurricane Katrina.