Samuel Foster Honored at the 28th Lombardi Gala

On Saturday, October 18, 2014, our Founder and CEO, Samuel Foster Jr. was honored with the Margaret L. Hodges Leadership Award, recognizing his many years of service and support for the Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center. This event was held at the Washington Hilton and was attended by 1200 people who enjoyed an evening of dinner and dancing along with participating in one of Washington DC’s largest silent auctions. For the past 28 years Lombardi has brought together premiere Washingtonian notables for an evening of celebration and support of the capital’s only comprehensive cancer center.

Georgetown’s President John DeGioia stated: “We have the privilege of parading the Georgetown Cancer Center. It was wonderful to recognize Samuel Foster, Jr. for his dedication to the work of the Lombardi.”

In 1985, Director Dr. John F. Porter supported Margaret L. Hodges, who had lost both her husband, Walter J. Hodges and her daughter, Sheryl Hehemann to cancer in starting the Lombardi Gala, initially calling it the salute to sports in honor of Coach Vincent Lombardi.

Previous recipients of the Award are Ellen Terry, who became involved with strategizing to raise awareness for the gala over 20 years ago, Barbara Schaefer McDuffie who is particularly passionate about the recognition and advancement of women in real estate and Mr. Thomas J. Donohue and Mrs. Elizabeth Donohue who were both honored for their continued excellence in community outreach and support. Samuel Foster is honored to have joined the ranks of such distinguished individuals and will continue his commitment to Georgetown Lombardi Comprehensive Cancer Center in the years to come.

One hundred percent of the evening’s proceeds are directed to cancer research education and treatment.