A Promising Evening in the Name of Lung Health

Gala Inspires, Raises Awareness & Funds to Fight Lung Disease

(November 22, 2013)

Hundreds were moved by US Marine, Desert Storm I veteran and now lung cancer survivor, Colonel Mark A. Smith, as he spoke of his fight against lung cancer. It was one of the many highlights of the American Lung Association in Indiana’s 2013 Evening of Promise Gala which took place at the Westin downtown Indianapolis.

The event also celebrated advancements in lung cancer research and raised one quarter of a million dollars to further the mission of the Lung Association; saving lives by preventing lung disease and promoting lung health.

“The American Lung Association in Indiana is so grateful for the support we received from corporate and civic leaders, as well as the entire community. Their participation and generous support are what make an event like the ‘Evening of Promise Gala’ such a success. We look forward to building on the momentum and continue our fight for healthy air and healthy lungs,” said Tanya Husain, Executive Director of the American Lung Association in Indiana.

During the Gala, the Lung Association presented the Legacy Award to Eli Lilly & Company for their innovative research that is changing the world of cancer care and improving the quality of life for patients. Other highlights included a silent and live auction, live music and dancing.

The Lung Association’s Executive Leadership Team, Local Leadership Board and Auction Committee worked closely with staff, as well as with event co-chairs (Jeff Smulyan, Emmis Communications and Carey Lykins, Citizens Energy Group) to ensure the Gala was a huge success.

Left to right: Dr. Michael Busk, Chairman of the American Lung Association in Indiana's Local Leadership Board; Dr. John Lechleiter, CEO of Eli Lilly & Company; Karin Tollefson, Sr. Director of Portfolio Project Management & Operations, Oncology Business Unit of Eli Lilly & Company; and Lewis Bartfield, CEO & President of the American Lung Association of the Upper Midwest.