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Fox Chase Cancer Center Board Member Honored by National Society of Fund-Raising Executives

PHILADELPHIA (December 1, 1999) — A. J. ("Al") Gabriele of Newtown Square, Pa., a member of Fox Chase Cancer Center's board of directors, was honored as Fund-Raising Volunteer of the Year at the 1999 National Philanthropy Day Awards Luncheon. Sponsored by the Greater Philadelphia Chapter of the National Society of Fund-Raising Executives (NSFRE), the event took place Nov. 15 in the Crystal Tea Room.

Gabriele is vice chairman of the Fox Chase board's institutional advancement committee. According to Sandra W. Weckesser, vice president for institutional advancement at Fox Chase, one of many reasons the Center nominated Gabriele as Volunteer of the Year was his outstanding success in leading the effort to secure a $1.5 million challenge grant from the Kresge Foundation.

To receive the grant for the new Prevention Pavilion under construction at Fox Chase, the Center had to raise an additional $5.4 million in new gifts within 18 months. Under Gabriele's leadership as head of the nine-member Kresge Task Force, a total of $5,652,133 in donations, large and small, surpassed the goal and met the Kresge challenge more than two months before the deadline.

"Al Gabriele deserves the sort of recognition accorded by the Volunteer of the Year Award," said Weckesser. "His kindness and compassion for the well-being of mankind is only part of why we admire, respect and love him.? We salute him for his distinguished leadership, commitment and generosity."

In accepting the award, Gabriele said, "Thirty years ago, I survived a life-threatening illness. I have often wondered why my life was spared. I feel that I have been given many gifts in my life...and since I have been blessed with these gifts, I have no choice but to try to give something back to others."

Gabriele puts his business expertise to work for Greater Philadelphia's nonprofit sector as both a philanthropist and volunteer. He has been a member of the board of trustees of Immaculata College in Malvern, Pa., for more than nine years, serving on its executive, finance and property committees and chairing the enrollment committee. He has also served as a member of the St. Joseph's University board of trustees and the LaSalle College High School board of trustees.

In addition to working on the $38 million campaign for the Fox Chase Research Institute for Cancer Prevention, Gabriele is active on behalf of Roman Catholic High School. He serves on the executive committee of the board of advisors and co-chaired the "Renaissance at Roman" building campaign, which raised nearly $4.5 million.

Last year's National Philanthropy Day luncheon by NSFRE's Greater Philadelphia Chapter honored another Fox Chase nominee, Crown Cork & Seal Company, Inc., as Outstanding Corporation of the Year. The chapter also makes annual awards for Individual Philanthropist of the Year, Outstanding Foundation of the Year, Fund-Raising Executive of the Year and Government/Philanthropic Partner of the Year as well as the chapter President's Award. Philadelphia Mayor Ed Rendell received the Government/Philanthropic Partner award for 1999.

The United States Congress began designating National Philanthropy Day in 1986 as an annual day for honoring the American tradition of philanthropy, which literally means love of humanity. The goal is to strengthen volunteerism and to emphasize the importance of philanthropy by recognizing those whose efforts make their community better.

Fox Chase Cancer Center is one of 37 National Cancer Institute-designated comprehensive cancer centers in the nation. The Center's activities include basic and clinical research; prevention, detection and treatment of cancer; and community outreach programs.

Fox Chase Cancer Center, part of the Temple University Health System, is one of the leading cancer research and treatment centers in the United States. Founded in 1904 in Philadelphia as one of the nation’s first cancer hospitals, Fox Chase was also among the first institutions to be designated a National Cancer Institute Comprehensive Cancer Center in 1974. Fox Chase researchers have won the highest awards in their fields, including two Nobel Prizes. Fox Chase physicians are also routinely recognized in national rankings, and the Center’s nursing program has received the Magnet recognition for excellence four consecutive times. Today, Fox Chase conducts a broad array of nationally competitive basic, translational, and clinical research, with special programs in cancer prevention, detection, survivorship, and community outreach.  For more information, call 1-888-FOX CHASE or (1-888-369-2427).

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