NORWALK, Conn. -- More than $1.6 million for cancer research was raised for the Norwalk-based Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation at a gala this past weekend.
Th 20th annual gala drew 1,000 guests and honored Anne and David Ogilvy, of Greenwich, with the Spirit of Hope Award.
The award recognizes their support for MMRF, and their resilience, dedication and perseverance in the fight against multiple myeloma.
“I am alive today because of the MMRF,” said David Ogilvy, the President and Owner of David Ogilvy & Associates Realtors.
“The MMRF has revolutionized, accelerated and disrupted a slow, siloed cancer research system to offer unprecedented new treatments and therapies to patients everywhere.”
“As a patient-founded and patient-focused organization, we are honored to celebrate patients and caregivers like Anne and David Ogilvy who inspire us every day. Our end-to-end precision medicine model is heralded as best-in-class and we remain steadfast in our mission to find a cure,” said MMRF President and Chief Executive Officer Paul Giusti.
Boxing legend, author and MMRF Honorary Board Member Sugar Ray Leonard served as the event’s Master of Ceremonies; Motown legend Smokey Robinson received the MMRF Courage and Commitment Award and his music was celebrated in a tribute concert, headlined by Grammy Award-Winning singer/songwriter CeeLo Green, who performed Motown classics – as well as his hit song “Forget You” as a surprise encore.
For more information, visit the Multiple Myeloma Research Foundation website here.