Edison, NJ – The Fifth District AHEPA Cancer Research Foundation hosted its 35th Annual Fall Gala on Saturday evening. AHEPANS and friends from around the country attended the fundraiser that continues raising cancer research funds. Three checks were awarded during the evening, bringing the total total to $1,267,500.
The Foundation was formed in October 1988 by the Fifth District Order of AHEPA to raise funds from its members and the general public for research grants. Shortly after, the Fifth District Daughters of Penelope came on board, uniting the AHEPA Family behind a common cause of philanthropic support of cancer research. The Foundation volunteers began their fundraising efforts in March of 1989.
Armed with collections, canisters thus inaugurated the humble beginnings of collecting donations to provide funding for cancer research. Through the efforts of the “all volunteer” Board of Trustees, the Foundation presented its first grant award in the Fall of 1990 to Fox Chase Cancer Center for $5,000.
Through the generosity and support of individuals, the Foundation has significantly increased its financial support to the men and women working diligently towards a cure for cancer.