The 6th annual Joan Hisaoka "Make a Difference" Gala will be held on Sept 21, 2013 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC, with Life With Cancer™ being one of the main beneficiaries. A huge thank you to Robert and Paula Hisaoka and all the sponsors, donors and attendees for helping make the evening a spectular success -- we are truly grateful.

Joan Hisaoka was a remarkable woman who was 48 years old when she lost her battle with cancer on May 14, 2008. Please visit the Gala website to learn more about Joan and this annual Gala. Click here for photos of the 2012 Gala, and below are event photos from prior years:

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With your support, Life With Cancer and the Smith Center for Healing and the Arts will be able to improve the lives of those living with cancer:

2013 Gala Sponsors

Joan Hisaoka Gala

Presenting Sponsor

  • The Marion and Robert Rosenthal Family Foundation

Platinum Sponsors

  • Katherine and David Bradley
  • Paula and Robert G. Hisaoka
  • Barbara Smith Fund
  • RRR Automotive — Richard Patterson and Robert G. Hisaoka

Gold Sponsors

  • Gina F. Adams, FedEx Corporation
  • The Patterson Family
  • The Peterson Family Foundation
  • Shapiro, Lifschitz and Schram, PC
  • TTR Sotheby's International Realty

Silver Sponsors

  • Acumen Solutions, Inc.
  • Kay Kendall and Jack Davies
  • Jennifer and Gary Day
  • Sachiko Kuno and Ryuji Ueno Innovation Fund/S&R Foundation
  • Sionic Mobile Corporation


  • Jenifer Altman Foundation
  • Carl M. Freeman Foundation
  • Richard and Rebecca Kay
  • Kia Motors America, Inc.
  • Marcia MacArthur
  • Kristen Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitine
  • Mona and John P. Oswald
  • W. Russell & Norma Ramsey Foundation
  • Lisa and Chris Smith
  • SunTrust Bank


  • BB&T
  • Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer
  • Brown Advisory
  • Chesapeake Petroleum & Supply
  • Friends of Smith Center
  • The George Washington University School of Medicine & Health Sciences
  • GW Hospital
  • GW Medical Faculty Associates
  • Michael and Rosemary Laphen
  • Liljenquist and Beckstead
  • The Seitz Group and The Moon Group of Merrill Lynch
  • Tom and Catherine Tinsley
  • Virginia Cancer Specialists
  • the warranty group
  • Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association


  • ABDO Development
  • CapitalSource Charitable Foundation
  • John and April Delaney
  • GigaTrust - Robert Bernardi
  • Gabriela and Doug Smith
  • Jacques and Leah Gansler
  • Abbas and Constance Khademi
  • Mark and Sarah Kimsey
  • Richard Magenheimer
  • Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund
  • The Richard A. Maxino Fund
  • The Nader Family Foundation
  • The Brian A. Patterson Fund
  • The Julie M. Patterson Fund
  • The William M. & Sarah A. Patterson Fund
  • The Ken T. Savittiere and Kelly L. Patterson - Savittiere Fund
  • Annie S. Totah


  • BG Products & Svcs
  • Buffy and William Cafritz Family Foundation, Inc.
  • EagleBank/Ronald D. Paul
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • Nancy and Ron Fletcher
  • Fariba Jahanbani & Boutique Cartier Chevy Chase
  • Hon. Michael & Patricia Oxley
  • Sprint
  • TD Bank
  • Courtney and David Straus
  • Monica and John Thompson, III
  • Zilli - Tysons Galleria


  • Damon Lester, NAMAD
  • Michael and Paulette Baron
  • Robert M. and Joyce A. Johnson
  • Ted and Lynn Leonsis
  • McGladrey LLP
  • The Meltzer Group
  • Stacey Miller
  • Gerry and Jackie Murphy
  • SPT
  • The Washington Post Company
  • Randy and Mimi Whalen

Robert G. Hisaoka and the Executive Committee would like to thank the organizations and individuals whose support has helped to make this evening possible:

Media Sponsor

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  • Ron Carter

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