Event chairs Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon, Performers Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx and Hillary Scott of Lady Antebellum; Celebrity guests Alec Baldwin, Ken Jeong, Maura Tierney, Joe Torre, MLB Commissioner Rob Manfred, Emmy Rossum, Alice Eve, Donna Karan and Scott Lagasse, Jr.; Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) Co-Founder and Award-Winning Journalist Katie Couric and other SU2C co-founders.
Standing Room Only, presented by the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF) and chaired by Jim Toth and Reese Witherspoon and MasterCard President and CEO Ajay Banga and his wife Ritu, honored SU2C Co-Founder and award-winning journalist Katie Couric for her dedication to cancer advocacy and awareness. At the event, Stand Up To Cancer announced new collaborations with American Airlines, Merck & Co., Inc. SU2C also announced new major contributions from Bristol-Myers Squibb and Genentech, a member of the Roche Group, and celebrated Major League Baseball, MasterCard, Cancer Treatment Centers of America, and The Lustgarten Foundation for Pancreatic Cancer Research for their long-standing support of Stand Up To Cancer.
The event featured performances by Tony Bennett, Sheryl Crow, Jamie Foxx and Lady Antebellum’s Hillary Scott. Funds raised through this event will support collaborative cancer research, including a new Dream Team focused on colon cancer, which is still this country’s second-leading cancer killer of men and women combined and a cause that remains close to Katie’s heart.
Saturday, April 9, 2016 at Cipriani Wall Street, New York City
About Stand Up To Cancer
Stand Up To Cancer (SU2C) raises funds to accelerate the pace of research to get new therapies to patients quickly and save lives now. SU2C, a program of the Entertainment Industry Foundation (EIF), a 501(c)(3) charitable organization, was established in 2008 by film and media leaders who utilize the industry’s resources to engage the public in supporting a new, collaborative model of cancer research, and to increase awareness about cancer prevention as well as progress being made in the fight against the disease. As SU2C’s scientific partner, the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) and a Scientific Advisory Committee led by Nobel Laureate Phillip A. Sharp, PhD, conduct rigorous, competitive review processes to identify the best research proposals to recommend for funding, oversee grants administration, and provide expert review of research progress.
Current members of the SU2C Council of Founders and Advisors (CFA) include Katie Couric, Sherry Lansing, Lisa Paulsen, Rusty Robertson, Sue Schwartz, Pamela Oas Williams, Ellen Ziffren, and Kathleen Lobb. The late co-founder Laura Ziskin executive produced Stand Up To Cancer’s Sept. 5, 2008, and Sept. 10, 2010, broadcasts. Lisa Paulsen and Pam Williams were executive producers, and the other CFA members were co-producers, of the 2014 telecast. SU2C was formally launched on May 27, 2008. Sung Poblete, Ph.D., R.N., has served as SU2C’s president since 2011.
For more information on Stand Up To Cancer, visit www.standup2cancer.org.