Actress Mariska Hargitay Awarded for Cancer Philanthropy
At least 500 people in Washington last night didn’t watch the Caps game: the attendees of the Rays of Hope Gala at the Mellon Auditorium. The annual event, hosted by the National Coalition for Cancer Survivorship, was a gathering for survivors and advocacy organizations. It showcased the work of individuals who are making a difference in the fight against cancer.
The evening’s two honorees were Doug Ulman, a cancer survivor and founder of the Ulman Cancer Fund for Young Adults, and actress Mariska Hargitay, who was awarded for her cancer philanthropy. Ulman was absent from the event—he’s traveling the globe with the Lance Armstrong Foundation—but Hargitay, who plays detective Olivia Benson on NBC’s Law and Order: Special Victim’s Unit, accepted her award in person. Face the Nation’s Bob Schieffer, a cancer survivor, was the emcee.
As she exited stage right, the house lights came on, signaling the evening’s end. The event wrapped up ahead of schedule at around 9:30.