Washington, DC (September 19, 2014) – Susan G. Komen honored U.S. Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz of Florida and Carlyle Group CEO David Rubenstein for their contributions in fighting breast cancer at the fifth annual “Honoring the Promise” gala.
Held at The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts, the event raised almost $2 million to fund grants for Komen’s 19 breast cancer grantees in the National Capital Region – an area with the highest incidence of and mortality rate from breast cancer in the nation.
Journalist and former “Good Morning America” host Joan Lunden emceed the event. In June 2014, Lunden was diagnosed with triple-negative breast cancer, a rare and aggressive form of the disease.
Rep. Wasserman Schultz was the recipient of the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award, presented to her by last year’s recipient, Victoria Reggie Kennedy, and Susan Ford Bales, daughter of the award’s namesake, the late former First Lady Betty Ford. Rep. Wasserman Schultz was honored for her advocacy on behalf of women with breast cancer, especially those diagnosed at younger ages.
Carlyle CEO David Rubenstein was the recipient of the Mission Advancement Award, presented to him by Komen founder Nancy Brinker and Dr. LaSalle D. Leffall, Jr. Rubenstein, a Komen Global Ambassador and well-known philanthropist, was honored for his steadfast support of Komen’s critical breast cancer research and global and community initiatives.
The event was followed by a reception at the Kennedy Center’s Atrium where WWE Chief Brand Officer Stephanie McMahon—joined by husband Paul “Triple H” Levesque—gave remarks about WWE’s partnership with Komen. In October 2012, the two organizations formed the “Rise Above Cancer” campaign. The partnership—which features wrestlers wearing pink and the sale of pink branded merchandise—has raised more than $1.2 million to date.
The 2014 Honoring the Promise gala was chaired by Melissa Maxfield, Senior Vice President of Federal Government Affairs for Comcast Corporation.