Palm Beach rolls out the red carpet
MD Anderson joins social season with inaugural gala
By Victor Scott
The Palm Beach community, well-known for its philanthropy, welcomes MD Anderson as one of its newest beneficiaries. The institution will officially become a part of the island’s social season with its inaugural Making Cancer History® Award Gala, Dec. 13 at the Mar-a-Lago Club, honoring Palm Beach residents David Koch and the late Maria Floyd.
Koch and Floyd joined the MD Anderson family as patients, later becoming supporters of the institution and its mission to eliminate cancer. The Making Cancer History® Award will honor them for their commitment to finding a cure through their own cancer experiences and generous philanthropic support. The award recognizes people who truly make a difference in the lives of others by demonstrating the institution’s core values of caring, integrity and discovery. Past recipients include Bob Schieffer, Sam Donaldson, Sherry Lansing, T. Boone Pickens, Laura Bush and Katie Couric.
William B. Finneran, Hildegarde Mahoney and Dudley L. Moore Jr. chair the inaugural gala. Honorary chairs are Bill and Bridget Koch, Donald and Melania Trump and Jack and Barbara Nicklaus. Proceeds from the gala will support the Moon Shots Program (see overview), an unprecedented, comprehensive assault on cancer MD Anderson launched in September 2012, and the Sari Asher Center for Integrative Cancer Care in West Palm Beach.