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The American Cancer Society's San Francisco Discovery Gala is excited to announce that we will be returning to the Chase Center for 2024!

Join us in ending cancer as we know it, for everyone. Whether you're an individual or an organization, there are many ways to get involved, including at the San Francisco Discovery Gala.

 

We're the leading cancer-fighting organization, dedicated to improving lives through advocacy, research, and patient support. Together, let's prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer for all. Your involvement is the key to our success so let's start the conversation today.

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Event Leadership
Chairs

2023 CHAIRS

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EVENT LEADERSHIP

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Kelly Ducourty

CHIEF CUSTOMER OFFICER | UIPATH

Kelly Ducourty leads all customer operations, customer success and professional services, enablement, incentive design, and global partners to advance the organization’s mission to help customers and partners achieve exceptional business outcomes and ongoing value with UiPath. Ducourty joins UiPath most recently from Google, where she led Go-to-Market Strategy and Operations at Google Cloud and also drove the small-and-medium sized business segment.

 Chair

Joan Genn

GLOBAL ENTERPRISE MANAGER | NETAPP

Joan Genn is a growth-oriented Sales Leader with a career-long record of leading high-performance teams, multi-million-dollar sales operations, and business development for large organizations including NetApp, Oracle, Sun Microsystems and Unisys. Joan is currently the global sales leader responsible for some of NetApp’s largest customers and partners, including Apple, Cisco, Meta and NVIDIA. 

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Co - Chair

Board of Ambassadors

2023 BOARD OF
AMBASSADORS

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EVENT LEADERSHIP

Sponsors

OUR 2023
SPONSORS

Presenting SPONSOR

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DIAMOND SPONSORS

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GOLD SPONSORS

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AMBASSADOR SPONSORS

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WINE & IN-KIND SPONSORS

OUR 2023
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Scientific Honoree

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Carolyn R. Bertozzi, PhD

PROFESSOR, STANFORD UNIVERSITY

NOBEL PRIZE IN CHEMISTRY, 2022

Dr. Carolyn Bertozzi recently made history in cancer research by becoming the first woman funded by the American Cancer Society (ACS) to win the Nobel Prize in Chemistry. She was honored, alongside two other scientists, for her groundbreaking contributions to click chemistry through the invention of bioorthogonal chemistry. These new ways of linking molecules together have transformed diagnostics and therapeutics, energy storage, and our understanding of cellular metabolism, among other areas. She has led a revolution in glycobiology, profiling glycosylation alterations associated with cancer, unraveling cancer-immune system interactions, and developing new kinds of cancer therapies.

Alison Wagonfeld

CHIEF MARKETING OFFICER, GOOGLE CLOUD

Alison Wagonfeld, an entrepreneurial leader with 25 years of diverse business experience, serves as Vice President of Marketing at Google and Chief Marketing Officer for Google Cloud. She has contributed significantly to the division's rapid growth since joining in 2016. Previously, Alison held positions at Emergence Capital, Harvard Business School California Research Center, Intuit, Greenlight, and Morgan Stanley. She is a founding member of the Adweek Diversity, Equity & Inclusion Council and serves on the Advisory Board for Yale University's Jackson School for Global Affairs. Alison holds a BA from Yale University and an MBA from Harvard Business School. Alison received a cancer diagnosis on the week of her 40th birthday. As a working parent with three young kids, Alison felt lucky to have the support of family, friends, and colleagues throughout her journey. The experience taught her the importance of optimism and community, both of which are values that she upholds today.

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SURVIVOR Keynote 

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OUR 2023 ENTERTAINMENT

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DANIEL KOEK

World Class Tenor

Daniel has starred on London’s West End, landed leading roles in international touring musicals, wowed audiences onstage at the Sydney Opera House and performed for royalty. Australian born tenor Daniel Koek most recently took to the stage to perform in The Phantom of the Opera which premiered at the Sydney Opera House.

 

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CJ JOHNSON

LEADING ACTRESS

CJ is a leading West End theatre, film and TV actress based in London. She is currently appearing in The Mystery of Marilyn Monroe (Netflix) and Call the Midwife (BBC) later this year. She is also experienced in puppetry, physical theatre, and facilitates workshops globally.

 

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ROCK VIOLINIST

Jane Cho

As a soloist, Jane’s performances have taken her to world-famous venues including Sydney Opera House and Olympic Stadium as well as London's Wembley Arena. She has appeared in concert alongside West End stars Michael Crawford, Dame Judy Dench, Michael Ball, Jonathan Pryce; with recording artists Guy Sebastian, Mika, and she has shared the bill with Snoop Dogg.

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DJ PHILLY

LONDON'S VIP PARTY DJ

From residencies at superclubs like Chinawhite, Fabric, Pacha, and Ministry of Sound to The Animal Ball at Lancaster House for HRH Prince Charles, DJ Philly owns the decks around world. High profile clients like George Clooney, P Diddy, Prince, Cindy Crawford, Angelina Jolie, Paris Hilton and Johnny Depp hire her for her trademark blend of R’n’B, Hip-Hop, House and Old School guilty pleasures.

Entertainment
Event Details

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ANNUAL
SPONSORS
PARTICIPANTS

2023 EVENT
DETAILS

SEP 23

The Venue

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05:30

RECEPTION

Chase Center

1 Warriors Way,

San Francisco, CA 94158

MAIN PROGRAM

07:30

AFTERPARTY

09:30

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2023 SILENT
AUCTION

TBD

Check back soon for more information about our fabulous premium auction items!

Are you interested in donating an auction item this year? If so, please

contact us at sfdiscovery@cancer.org.

Review SF Discovery Gala's Auction Rules HERE

Thank you to our 2022 Donors! 

2023 LIVE
AUCTION

SEPT 23

The Live Auction is offered exclusively to Gala attendees during the main program. Each carefully curated auction package will feature once-in-a-lifetime experiences and offerings. Check back soon for a sneak peak . . . 

Auction Rules
Silent Auction
Live Auction
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INVOLVED

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VOLUNTEER

The 2023 SF Discovery Gala is offering exciting volunteer opportunities for the evening of September 23, 2023! If you have experience or want experience in fundraising events and auctions, we have volunteer positions that fit your interests. Learn more by clicking on the link below!

THE AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY PILLARS

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The pillars we stand upon serve as the foundation of all we do, driving quick, significant and measurable impact. We are the only organization that integrate advocacy, discovery, and direct patient support to improve the lives of cancer patients and their families. 

DISCOVERY

We launch innovative, high-impact research to find more – and better – treatments, uncover factors that may cause cancer, and improve the quality of life for people facing cancer.

 

ACS is the primary private nonprofit funder of cancer research, investing more than $5 billion over 75 years.

 

ADVOCACY

Our nonpartisan advocacy affiliate, ACS CAN, works at all levels of government to advocate for building healthier communities, creating safer workplaces, and providing greater, more equitable access to quality medical care.


PATIENT SUPPORT

We lead the way as a reliable and accurate source of information and support for patients, caregivers, and health systems.


Our website, cancer.org receives more than 130 million visits each year.

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