#HillmanGala2015: It was quite a night on Thursday at the Consol Energy Center in Uptown for more than 820 guests who helped raise an astonishing $6.8 million for cancer research in Pittsburgh. “The work that we are able to accomplish because of the Hillman Cancer Center research programs has allowed us to focus on precision, fine tune our therapies and maximize the benefits. Good science translates into good care … we are demystifying cancer and using scientific knowledge to help comfort those going through it,” said Dr. Nancy Davidson, director of the University of Pittsburgh Cancer Institute and director of UPMC Cancer Center, who attended with husband Thomas Kensler.
Partygoers were greeted with glittering chandeliers dripping from the ceiling as they entered the arena. Their tables (courtesy of All Occasions Party Rentals) were elegantly draped by Mosaic Linens in various metallic patterns. A cappella group MO5AIC (a group of five chiseled vocalists from Las Vegas) brought the heat with their amazing vocal arrangements of classic and current pop hits. After a gourmet dinner, partygoers were sent home with a pair of Tiffany & Co. wine glasses to top off the extraordinary event.
Quotable Moments: The loss of philanthropist of Elsie Hillman was felt greatly throughout the night, as a tribute was given in her honor at the event. Everyone seemed to have a story about Mrs. Hillman’s incredible leadership, dedication to the cancer center, and respect for all she encountered. “She was everybody’s best friend, that’s how she made you feel. … she was magic,” said honorary chair Sy Holzer. “We wouldn’t be here without Elsie. She was the force behind all of this,” said Dr. Stanley Marks, who attended with wife, Nikol. Added John Denny, with wife Kelley: “No one was above or below Elsie … everyone was equal and important.” Mr. Denny had worked with Ms. Hillman for more than 25 years.