Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer Hosts Its 9th Annual Dream Makers Gala

March 8, 2018 – Debbie’s Dream Foundation: Curing Stomach Cancer (DDF) will host its 9th annual Dream Makers Gala on Saturday, April 21, 2018 at The Diplomat Beach Resort in Hollywood, Floridabeginning at 7 p.m. This year’s Gala will honor the memory of DDF’s Founder Debbie Zelman who passed away on December 23, 2017 after nearly a decade of battling stage IV incurable stomach cancer. Zelman, who made it her personal mission to advocate on behalf of stomach cancer patients, their families, and caregivers and to help raise funds for stomach cancer research will be remembered throughout the night as guests from across the United States gather for the evening to help make her dream of finding a cure a reality.

Debbies Dream Foundation - Gala Co-Chairs

The night will feature a cocktail hour and a terrific silent auction followed by a delicious dinner, award, presentation, live auction, dancing, and tasty dessert. The theme for the 9thannual event is “Dressed to the Nines” and will be emphasized through the event décor and the attire of the wonderful guests in attendance. This year’s MC is Lisa Petrillo, Entertainment and Lifestyle Reporter for WFOR, CBS4. Entertainment will be provided by Dale McLean of and host of the Miami Heat’s HEATv.

DDF Board Members David Kubiliun of Greenspoon Marder and Stephen Greenberger of Broward County Sheriff’s Office return as co-chairs of this year’s event. “Chairing this year’s Gala has special significance for me because we also honor the memory of our founder and my friend, Debbie Zelman,” said Kubiliun, who is leading the event for the fifth consecutive year. “I am proud to continue Debbie’s extraordinary efforts on behalf of stomach cancer patients and their families. I will never forget her legacy of courage, positivity, and tireless devotion to this foundation.”

Event sponsors include Title Sponsor The Salah Foundation; Diamond Sponsor Lilly Oncology; Emerald Sponsors Andrew Guttman and family, Envision Physician Services, and Ross and Liz Tannenbaum; and Ruby Sponsors Laura and Judd Zebersky. This year’s award recipients are Noreen Salah Burpee and George J. Taylor, Esq. of The Salah Foundation; Janet Carrington and Charles CollinsRosa and Rick GrossKristi Krueger of ABC Local 10; Daniel Catenacci, MD at the University of Chicago; and Daniela Schwartz of Cypress Bay High School.

Tickets are available for $200 each or $1,900 for a table of ten (10) guests.  Sponsorship opportunities are available and program book ads/tributes and donated auction items will be appreciated.  For more information, to purchase tickets, become a sponsor, place an ad/tribute, or donate an auction item, please contact us at or (954) 475-1200.

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