Photos: Inova Schar Cancer Institute’s $26 Million Fundraiser

George W. Bush headlined the event, which broke a record for local non-profit fundraising.
Photos: Inova Schar Cancer Institute’s  Million Fundraiser
President George W. Bush, who has spotlighted cancer research after his presidency, was interviewed by his former advisor Karl Rove. Photograph by Sean Kelley.

A recent fundraiser benefitting cancer research broke a record for single-event non-profit fundraising in the DC metro area after raising $26 million for the Inova Schar Cancer Institute.

George W. Bush headlined the event, where he was interviewed by his former advisor and deputy chief of staff Karl Rove. The former president has spotlighted the fight against cancer since leaving the White House.

“For the first time in history, we can say with some confidence that the war on cancer is winnable. Shortening the time, accelerating discoveries between research and treatment will help us get there,” Bush said.

More than 225 people attended the dinner held at the Inova Center for Personalized Health in Virginia. Donations raised will support a new personalized cancer research and treatment center. The cancer institute started in 2015 after a $50 million gift to Inova from Dwight Schar, Chairman of the Board for NRV, Inc. and his wife.

See more photographs from the fundraiser below.

Jon Peterson and Milton Peterson. Photograph by Sean Kelly.
Jon Peterson and Milton Peterson. Photograph by Sean Kelley.
Diane Ecklund and Tina Mather. Photograph by Sean Kelly.
Diane Ecklund and Tina Mather. Photograph by Sean Kelley.
Gary Mather, PhD and James Ecklund, MD. Photograph by Sean Kelly.
Gary Mather, PhD and James Ecklund, MD. Photograph by Sean Kelley.
Jennifer Siciliano, Mark Lowham, Connie Christiansen, Patrick Christiansen. Photograph by Sean Kelly.
Jennifer Siciliano, Mark Lowham, Connie Christiansen, Patrick Christiansen. Photograph by Sean Kelley.
Nick and Gincy Carosi and Kelly Schlageter. Photograph by Sean Kelly.
Nick and Gincy Carosi and Kelly Schlageter. Photograph by Sean Kelley.
Evelyn and Joseph Madigan. Photograph by Sean Kelly.
Evelyn and Joseph Madigan. Photograph by Sean Kelley.

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