Newly Announced! 2024 Lombardi Gala Awardees

36th Annual Lombardi Gala
Saturday, April 27, 2024

Honored Guests

Lombardi Gala awardees represent inspirational cancer survivors, advocates, and community members committed to the  fight against cancer.

The 2024 recipients of the Director’s Champion in Research Award are Ellen V. Sigal, PhD, and Marlene A. Malek, RN. Sigal is the founder of Friends of Cancer Research (Friends) and chairs its board of directors. Malek is the vice chair of the board and co-founder. Friends has been instrumental in the creation and implementation of policies ensuring patients receive the best treatments in the fastest and safest way possible.

The 2024 Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award will be presented to Scott LaGanga and Tim Lawrence for their immeasurable volunteer leadership in founding the Ruesch Center Golf Tournament and for their continuing dedication to the annual event.

Congratulations to our 2024 Lombardi Gala Awardees! We are excited to celebrate you at the 36th Annual Lombardi Gala on Saturday, April 27, 2024. 

Become a 2024 Sponsor Today!

Sponsorship and underwriting opportunities for the 2024 Lombardi Gala are now available.

Our Mission

The Lombardi Gala is an annual event dedicated to raising funds for cancer research for Georgetown University’s Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. This event features a cocktail reception, silent auction, awards presentation, and much more. Proceeds from the Gala directly fund world-class research leading to clinical trials and innovative new treatments that change the lives of people with cancer.


  • Date & Program

    Saturday April 27, 2024

    6:30 – 7:30pm Cocktail Reception
    7:30 – 9:30pm Dinner Program
    9:30 – 11:00pm After Hours Party

  • Venue & Attire

    The 36th Annual Lombardi Gala will be hosted at The Anthem, 901 Wharf Street, SW, Washington DC 20024

    Let’s celebrate in style – black tie optional.

  • Sponsorship

    The Lombardi Gala would love to have your support!

    Click here to view our available sponsorship and underwriting opportunities. For more information, please contact Alana Cassidy Bateman at

  • Tickets

    Join us! Individual tickets are available for purchase here.

    Questions? Please contact Jaime Garvey at or 202.510.0175.

  • Auction

    A key fundraiser for the Gala is our auction, led by our fabulous Auction Committee Chair Carolyn Kolben.

    Our Auction Committee is currently recruiting new members, and we would love for you to join us! We are seeking any donations of items and experiences with a focus on travel, dining and activities.

    To donate to the auction or join the committee, please contact Jaime Garvey at

  • Safety

    This event is sponsored by Georgetown University and will follow university and local public health guidelines. We will provide information on any public health requirements, which are dependent on public health conditions, closer to the event date.