NARRAGANSETT, RI—The Joan DeCotis Foundation will host its 3rd Gala and Auction on Thursday, August 1, 2019 at the Dunes Club in Narragansett, Rhode Island, from 6:00 pm – 10:00 pm. This evening of elegance is sure to be a night to remember. Gala guests will join the Joan DeCotis Foundation, along with members from Brown University Oncology Research Group (BrUOG), at this exclusive, member only beach club for a night of hope and inspiration as they shine a light on the efforts being made to cure lung cancer.

Since 2016, the Joan DeCotis Foundation has partnered with BrUOG, one of the leading cancer research groups in the county, to help raise lung cancer awareness. These efforts have raised more than $260,000 towards supporting clinical drug trials for patients with non-small cell lung cancer. This night of luxury will include a cocktail hour, a seated dinner, dessert and a live and silent auction.

“Our Gala and Auction is an opportunity for lung cancer patients and survivors, their caregivers, healthcare professionals, and members of the community to see first-hand how important philanthropic support is in the research and development of these clinical trials, which continue to offer some of the best treatment hope for those with lung cancer. And as someone who has lost both parents to this disease, I am dedicated to finding a cure for what continues to be the leading cause of cancer death in the United States. I have hope that with our continued support, we can change the way we treat lung cancer.”

-Kristen Decotis-Liguori, Joan DeCotis Foundation Board Member.

The Foundation is pleased to announce that former WLNE-TV ABC6 and WPRI-TV12 meteorologist, Steve Cascione, and Vice President of Commercial Lending at Navigant Credit Union, Jeff Cascione, will serve as auctioneer and Master of Ceremonies for the evening.

Guests can bid on items ranging from to trips to New York, Boston, and Aruba to exclusive dining, golf, sport and theatre experiences, to luxury lifestyle brands. Gala attendees can also stop by the Joan DeCotis Foundation step and repeat and have their picture taken to remember their time at this incredible event.

“The donations made by the Joan DeCotis Foundation over the years have supported innovative lung cancer trials and allowed BrUOG to initiate a new lung cancer trial, an opportunity made possible by the generosity of The Foundation. Our hope is to make important advances in the treatment of lung cancer through continuing to initiate novel trials- the support of the Joan DeCotis Foundation has been and continues to be critically important in helping us achieve this goal. We value the partnership with both the Foundation and the DeCotis Family and share in their hope to one day find a cure. In the interim we look forward to continuing to support and attend their annual Gala fundraisers.”
-Kayla Guarino, The Warren Alpert Medical School of Brown University

By supporting events like the Night Under the Stars Gala, guests help the Joan DeCotis Foundation realize its mission to raise awareness of lung cancer and to support promising clinical trials that will help improve the outcome for those battling this deadly disease.

Media interested in covering the 2019 Summer Gala: Night Under the Stars, should contact Joan DeCotis Foundation Board Member, Lisa Woodford, at or 781-738-3325. For information on how to register or to become a sponsor, visit or contact the Foundation at

About the Joan DeCotis Foundation
The Joan DeCotis Foundation is a Rhode Island based 501(c)(3) nonprofit organization that is dedicated to raising awareness of lung cancer and supporting promising clinical trials by partnering with various research teams, doctors, and hospitals to support their efforts to achieve success with their patients. For more information visit