Richard and Stacie share both a commitment to fighting cancer and a core belief in patient-centered treatment and care. These are the founding principles of Gateway for Cancer Research, which Richard launched in 1991 to fund clinical trials for all types of cancer. Under his leadership as chairman and with Stacie by his side as a director, Gateway engages patient representatives at every level of the organization to ensure its investments put patients first, prioritizing clinical trials that enhance quality of life so patients can begin healing, today. To date, and to the credit of its talented staff, Gateway has raised close to $85 million and maintains an unprecedented fundraising and administrative expense ratio: 99 cents of every dollar received from public and private contributions goes directly to funding life-changing clinical trials.
With Stacie spearheading Gateway’s largest event – the Cures Gala in Chicago – the organization’s fundraising totals continue to grow annually. The 2018 gala raised $4.1m, an impressive 17% increase over 2017’s gala fundraising total.
Stacie is also the founder and chairwoman of Gateway’s flagship western region event, Vino con Stelle. Due in part to the successful launch of Vino con Stelle, as well as her passionate support of Childhelp, Celebrity Fight Night, and the American Heart Association’s annual Phoenix Heart Ball, in addition to many others, Stacie was named one of 2018’s most influential people by Arizona Foothills Magazine.
Joined by Richard in her dedication to Childhelp, a national non-profit organization devoted to aiding victims of child abuse and neglect, Stacie is chairman of Childhelp’s 60thAnniversary Diamond Jubilee Gala. The celebration, planned for February 2019, is already on track to set another fundraising record, ensuring Childhelp continues to grow and advocate for society’s most vulnerable children far into the future.