Party with a Purpose 2023

Join us on October 29, 2023

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Ticket Quantity Left Price Each
Young Friends of the AACR Foundation (Age 40 & Under) 440 Left $200.00
General Admission 425 Left $300.00
Couple Ticket 454 Left $600.00
Gold Ribbon Sponsor (2 Tickets Included) 455 Left $1,250.00
Copper Sponsor (4 Tickets Included) 466 Left $2,500.00
Bronze Sponsor (6 Tickets Included) 473 Left $5,000.00
Silver Sponsor (10 Tickets, 1 Table Included) 474 Left $10,000.00
Platinum Sponsor (20 Tickets, 2 Tables Included) 475 Left $25,000.00
Diamond Sponsor (30 Tickets, 3 Tables Included) 475 Left $50,000.00
Presenting Sponsor (40 Tickets, 4 Tables Included) 475 Left $100,000.00

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Proceeds raised will be dedicated to lifesaving Pediatric Cancer Research

The Friends of the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) Foundation is thrilled to announce the 20th Annual Party with a Purpose gala. Funds raised at this year's event will be dedicated to lifesaving pediatric cancer research. We invite you to join us along with our brave patients, generous and dedicated philanthropists, brilliant researchers and compassionate doctors. As we embark on the next frontier of cancer discoveries, thank you for your commitment to the AACR and our mission this year, to save children’s lives.

Finding Cures Together ®

Date & Time:

Sunday, October 29, 2023 - 5:00p.m. - 9:00p.m. 


The Union League of Philadelphia - 140 S. Broad St., Philadelphia


Cocktail Chic


Sponsorship and Tribute Book Ad Opportunities

Tickets & tables can be purchased at various Sponsorship Levels. Please see our Sponsorship Packet for a listing of the benefits available at each level.
For event questions, please contact us via email.


Humanitarian Honoree:

Beverly Fassler Goldberg

Past President, Friends of the AACR Foundation


Scientific Achievement Honoree:

Dr. John M. Maris, MD

Giulio D ‘Angio Professor of Pediatrics

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Perelman School of Medicine

University of Pennsylvania


Early Career Investigator Honoree:

Dr. Timothy Spear, MD, PhD

Pediatric Hematology/Oncology Fellow

Children’s Hospital of Philadelphia

Physician Scientist Program


Patient Speaker:

Stephanie Ionata

Neuroblastoma survivor and former patient of Dr. John Maris, Stephanie Ionata beat the long odds of achieving second remission and is now thriving in college  and studying to become an oncology PA over 6 years since being off relapse therapy. 



Lauren Hart

Lauren Hart’s songs have been heard on television series and soap operas including “Joan of Arcadia,” “Party of Five,” “All My Children” and “One Life to Live,” and her critically acclaimed National Anthem is featured in the Disney feature film “Miracle”. Lauren sings the National Anthem before every Philadelphia Flyers home game, a tribute to her late father, National Hockey League Hall of Fame announcer Gene Hart.

We are excited to share that Lauren Hart will be performing at this year’s Party with a Purpose gala. 



Loraine Ballard Morrill

Award Winning News & Community Affairs Director at iHeartMedia's six Philadelphia stations:

Power 99 FM, WDAS FM, ALT 104.5 FM., Rumba 106.1, Fox Sports Radio Philadelphia 1480 AM and Q102 FM.  

Host and producer of the podcasts “Insight” and “What’s Going On.” 


Friends of the AACR Foundation Co-Presidents:

Lauren O'Leary

John J. Parker, Sr.


Party with a Purpose Gala Co-Chairs:

Carol Lissack

Lauren Mulqueen

Matthew Ryan

Maureen Winigrad


About the AACR

Headquartered in Philadelphia, the AACR is the world’s first and largest organization dedicated to advancing cancer research, with more than 54,000 members in 131 countries and territories. Eighty-six cents of every dollar donated to the AACR directly supports our mission to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Visit to learn more.