The 7th annual Joan Hisaoka "Make a Difference" Gala was held on Sept 20, 2014 at the Omni Shoreham in Washington, DC, with Life With Cancer™ being one of the main beneficiaries. A huge thank you to Robert 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 2014 Gala, and click here for photos of the 2013 Gala, and below are event photos from 2014:

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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:

2014 Gala Sponsors

Joan Hisaoka Gala

Platinum Sponsors

  • Katherine and David Bradley
  • Robert G. Hisaoka
  • RRR Automotive — Richard Patterson and Robert G. Hisaoka
  • The Marion and Robert Rosenthal Family Foundation

Gold Sponsors

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

Silver Sponsors

  • Acumen Solutions, Inc.
  • Tom and Alice Blair
  • John and April Delaney
  • Kay Kendall and Jack Davies
  • Monica and Jacob Frydman
  • Dr. Sachiko Kuno and Dr. Ryuji Ueno
  • WC Smith


  • ABDO Development
  • Scott and Patrice Brickman Family Foundation
  • Kristen Ehrgood and Vadim Nikitine
  • Carl M. Freeman Foundation
  • Richard and Rebecca Kay
  • The Kimsey Foundation
  • The Nakamoto Group
  • Mona and John P. Oswald
  • W. Russell and Norma Ramsey Foundation
  • The Redskins Foundation
  • Jennifer and James Signora
  • John Knox Singleton
  • Earl W. and Amanda Stafford
  • SunTrust Bank
  • Washington Area New Automobile Dealers Association


  • BB&T
  • Brem Foundation to Defeat Breast Cancer
  • Chesapeake Petroleum & Supply
  • Dockerys and Bakewells
  • FinishMaster
  • Liljenquist and Beckstead
  • Michael and Rosemary Laphen
  • Robert McGovern
  • Annette Polan and Friends
  • Gabriela and Douglas Smith
  • Friends of Smith Center
  • Smith Center Retreat Alumni
  • Smith Center Board of Directors
  • Tom and Catherine Tinsley
  • The Warranty Group


  • Clark Charitable Foundation
  • GigaTrust Corporation
  • Vivian and Bob Goldstein
  • The Richard Maxino Fund
  • The Mody Foundation
  • JP Morgan Private Bank
  • The Morrissette Family, Faye and Ken Morrissette
  • The Nader Family Foundation
  • Lynne and Greg O'Brien
  • Brendan Ogg Memorial Fund
  • The Brian A. Patterson Fund
  • The Julie M. Patterson Fund
  • The Ken T. Savittiere and Kelly L. Patterson-Savittiere Fund
  • The William M. & Sarah A. Patterson Fund
  • Robert H. Smith School of Business, UMCT
  • Community Foundation for Northern Virginia, John and Nina Toups Charitable Fund


  • LuAnn L. Bennett
  • BG Products & Svcs
  • Eagle Bank/Ronald D. Paul
  • Enterprise Rent-A-Car
  • National Geographic
  • Debra L. Lee and BET Networks
  • Hon. Michael & Patricia Oxley
  • Sprint
  • Charles & Nancy Stringfellow, Jr. - Brown Automotive Group, Ltd.
  • Monica and John Thompson III


  • Damon Lester, NAMAD
  • Michael and Paulette Baron
  • Donald E. Graham
  • Alexandria Hyundai
  • Wendi and Gregory Keilwert
  • Ted and Lynn Leonsis
  • McGladrey LLP
  • Jackie and Gerry Murphy
  • The Rosskopf Family
  • Swain Family
  • Christopher and Dana Tavlarides
  • Annie S. Totah
  • The Washington Post Company
  • Randy and Mimi Whalen
  • Jackson Family Fine Wines
  • Katz, Marshall & Banks, LLP

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

Web Site

Program Printer



  • Ron Carter

Auction Movers

Event Producer

  • Vivian Thompson-Goldstein, The Event Production Company