2017 Party with a Purpose

Philadelphia’s elite cause-driven gala, Party with a Purpose, has selected the American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) as the beneficiary for its 16th annual Party with a Purpose. Funds raised at this year's event will be dedicated to ovarian cancer research.

Date: October 22, 2017, 5:00 - 9:00 p.m.

Party with a Purpose Committee President
Beverly Fassler Goldberg

Committee Chairs
Ida Goldstein, Meredith Goldstein, Carol Lissack, and John J. Parker













Humanitarian Award

Sarah and Daniel Keating

Sarah and Dan Keating are esteemed philanthropic leaders in the Philadelphia community. Among their charitable works, they have raised critical funding to support scientists and doctors in their quest to defeat cancer. Mr. Keating, himself a cancer survivor, established his career as a construction manager and real estate developer, renowned for his work in developing the Pennsylvania Convention Center, Lincoln Financial Field, and Sugarhouse Casino. Mrs. Keating is an attorney and the CEO of Keating Environmental Management, Inc., a woman-owned business and a leader in the environmental services industry. Most importantly, she is a volunteer child advocate attorney for the Support Center for Child Advocates in Philadelphia, acting as a guardian ad litem for children in both family and criminal court. Married 28 years, Dan and Sarah have six adult children and are currently empty-nesters living in the western suburbs of Philadelphia with their two dogs, Buddha and Cosmo.


AACR Foundation/Party with a Purpose Scientific Achievement Award Dedicated to Ovarian Cancer Research

Stephen C. Rubin, MD
Chief, Gynecologic Oncology
Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
Paul Grotzinger and Wilbur Raab Chair in Surgical Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center

Dr. Rubin is an internationally recognized expert in the treatment of gynecologic cancers. He has authored hundreds of articles on the subject and published six textbooks. Dr. Rubin will, in turn, award a grant to a deserving young scientist who is dedicated to researching ovarian cancer.


Friends of the AACR Foundation Early Career Investigator Award

Gina Mantia-Smaldone, MD
Assistant Professor, Department of Surgical Oncology
Fox Chase Cancer Center



About the AACR

The AACR is the world’s first and largest organization dedicated to advancing cancer research, with more than 37,000 members in 108 countries. Headquartered in Philadelphia, the AACR’s mission is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Eighty-eight cents of every dollar donated to the AACR is dedicated to our mission: to prevent and cure all cancers through research, education, communication, and collaboration.


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The American Association for Cancer Research (AACR) is a 501c3 registered nonprofit organization with offices at 615 Chestnut Street, 17th Floor, Philadelphia, PA 19106 | 215.440.9300