Susan G. Komen Annual Event at Kennedy Center September 24

Singer-songwriter Matt Goss to Perform; Joan Lunden and National Cancer Institute’s Dr. Steven Rosenberg to Be Recognized

WASHINGTON--()--Susan G. Komen® today announced that the sixth annual Honoring the Promise: Celebrating Progress in the Fight against Breast Cancer Gala at The Kennedy Center will be September 24.

Multiplatinum singer-songwriter Matt Goss will perform at the event, which pays tribute to leaders in the fight against breast cancer. Goss, who lost his mother to breast cancer in 2014, has partnered with Susan G. Komen to help raise money for breast cancer research. His song “Strong” is an inspirational tribute to all those who have been affected by the disease. Goss performed at Komen’s Washington, D.C. Race for the Cure in May.

Dr. Steven Rosenberg, considered a pioneer in the development of cancer immunotherapy, will receive the Betty Ford Lifetime Achievement Award for his four decades of work fighting cancer at the National Cancer Institute in Bethesda, Md.

Proceeds from the event are used to fund cutting-edge breast cancer research around the globe as well as community health programs in the Washington, D.C. metropolitan region, which has one the highest mortality rates from breast cancer in the nation.

Special guests at this year’s event include journalist and breast cancer survivor Joan Lunden; Nancy Brinker, Komen’s founder; Dr. Judith Salerno, Komen’s president and CEO; and David Rubenstein, CEO of the Carlyle Group, who is the founding chair. Deborah Norville, anchor of Inside Edition, will be the mistress of ceremonies. Former Secretary of Transportation the Hon. Ray LaHood and his wife, Kathy, are the gala chairs. Honorary chairs are: Sen. Kelly Ayotte, Sen. Susan Collins, Rep. Debbie Dingell and her husband, the Hon. John Dingell, Sen. Chuck Grassley, Sen. Heidi Heitkamp and Rep. Debbie Wasserman Schultz.



Honoring the Promise: Celebrating Progress in the Fight against Breast Cancer


Thursday, September 24. Pink Carpet Media Event Begins at 6:30 p.m.


Eisenhower Theatre, The John F. Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts

FOR MEDIA: To request press passes and/or arrange interviews, please contact Erin Pierce at

About Susan G. Komen®

Susan G. Komen is the world’s largest breast cancer organization, funding more breast cancer research than any other nonprofit while providing real-time help to those facing the disease. Since its founding in 1982, Komen has funded more than $847 million in research and provided $1.8 billion in funding to screening, education, treatment and psychosocial support programs serving millions of people in more than 30 countries worldwide. Komen was founded by Nancy G. Brinker, who promised her sister, Susan G. Komen, that she would end the disease that claimed Suzy’s life. Visit or call 1-877 GO KOMEN. Connect with us on social at


Susan G. Komen
Andrea Rader, 972-855-4382


Susan G. Komen
Andrea Rader, 972-855-4382