February Newsletter

Our Annual Gala … deemed a success!

On February 2nd, 37 prominent DC area chefs and 340 attendees gathered at the Ritz-Carlton Hotel in Northwest Washington to celebrate women chefs in a evening of camaraderie, to benefit the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance. Hosted by Wendy Rieger of NBC News 4 and Going Green, the Gala featured James Beard Award-winning pastry chef and ovarian cancer survivor Gina DePalma of Babbo Ristorante e Enoteca in New York City.

Guests began the evening with cocktails and hors d’oeuvres and later moved into the ballroom where chefs awaited them by fragrant stations to serve their dishes. Amongst the night’s notables were scallops with a vanilla parsnip puree served by Chef Janis McLean of 15ria, gnocchi with espresso-braised short rib and pancetta served by Chef Amy Brandwein of Fyve Restaurant Lounge and yellow barlett pear sorbetto from Dolcezza Gelato. Atteendees seemed to not get enough of  the scrumptious teal ribbon cupcakes provided by Georgetown Cupcake. (We have been assured these teal ribbon cupcakes will be available for the month of September … so stay tuned!)

Over dinner, current President Christy Schmidt presented an award to this year’s honoree and Immediate Past President, Judith Abrams, followed by a moving speech delivered by Gina DePalma. DePalma related her experience as a chef to battling ovarian cancer. Through the efforts of these chefs and generosity of the ovarian cancer community, funds were raised to help support the work of the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance in an effort to a raise awareness, educate the community and help improve the quality of life for women who have been touched by ovarian cancer.

To view more pictures from our Annual Gala, click here.

From the Policy Department

Funding for Ovarian Cancer Research Program is in Jeopardy

Representative John Murtha (D-PA) passed away earlier this week due to complications from surgery. Mr. Murtha had been a champion for the Ovarian Cancer Research Program (OCRP), funded through the Department of Defense (DoD) appropriations bill. In Fiscal Year (FY) 2010, funding for this program was cut from $20 million to $18.75 million. We cannot afford to cut ovarian cancer research!

The Ovarian Cancer Research Program
Through innovative cross-institutional research practices, the DoD’s research program for ovarian cancer has become the gold standard in cancer research. However, without sufficient funding this program cannot continue to translate research breakthroughs that are necessary for clinical trials – bringing new medicines to patients who desperately need them.

To date, research conducted through the DoD’s OCRP has contributed 469 publications and 576 abstracts and presentations, serving to bolster and expand the limited body of scientific knowledge of ovarian cancer. Perhaps most significantly, the DoD’s OCRP is responsible for the recruitment of new investigators and the development of 24 patents. This wealth of scientific accomplishments would enjoy significant growth with expanded funding.

The FY 2011 appropriations process is already beginning, and we must continue Mr. Murtha’s legacy of funding cutting-edge research programs. The Ovarian Cancer National Alliance is currently working with Congressional staff to develop strategies to increase funding for the OCRP.

What you can do to help: In the next few days, the Ovarian Cancer National Alliance will be sending out an Action Alert to our advocates with instructions on how to help increase funding for the OCRP.

To make sure you receive the Action Alert, please join our Action Network.

To learn more about Congressman Murtha or if you wish to write a message honoring and celebrating his life and service, please visit http://www.murtha.org/home.

What’s New?

Teal bracelet
Show your love this Valentine’s Day

This February, show your love to the person you admire with a beautiful teal bracelet from our online store.  Surprise your special someone with this beaded, eye-catching teal bracelet, or honor someone close to your heart and help us continue to spread awareness about ovarian cancer by wearing the bracelet yourself.

Click here to check it out and order your bracelet today.

Our very TEAL photo shoot

On Tuesday, January 26th, a group of amazing women gathered in DC to model for a photo shoot aimed to help spread awareness about ovarian cancer. Survivors, daughters, mothers and friends gathered around the Capitol to take beautiful pictures – dressed in TEAL from head to toe, of course. These women will make an impact on our community by drawing attention to the cause and sparking a conversation about ovarian cancer. The beauty, strength and courage of these women turned heads on the streets. And although it was cold outside, their fire and spirit will be felt for many awareness campaigns to come.

Upcoming Events

2010 Revlon Run/Walk
May 1, 2010
New York City, New York
Registration is now open!

Register today at www.ovariancancer.org/revlonrun

13th Annual Ovarian Cancer National Alliance Conference
July 10-12, 2010
Omni Shoreham Hotel, Washington, DC
July 13, 2010
Advocacy Day on Capitol Hill

This month’s Book Club Selection
Half the Sky by Nicolas Kristof and Sheryl WuDunn