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Philadelphia Basketball Gala

Saturday, April 26, 2025
The Bellevue, Philadelphia
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Event Information

Thank you for your generous support of our 20th Anniversary Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall! We raised over $900,000 to support the mission of the American Cancer Society. Check back for more information about our 2025 event soon!

The Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall brings together business, healthcare, and philanthropic leaders for a night to make a difference in the fight against cancer and fund lifesaving research, patient services and programs right here in Philadelphia.

More than 18 million cancer survivors are alive today, thanks in part to the American Cancer Society. We are the only organization working to improve the lives of people with cancer and their families through advocacy, research, and patient support, to ensure everyone has an opportunity to prevent, detect, treat, and survive cancer.

50% of the net proceeds of the event benefit the American Cancer Society AstraZeneca Hope Lodge to provide free lodging for those who travel to our great city for cancer treatment.


Philadelphia’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches

Program Chairs

Since 1996, Coaches vs. Cancer of Philadelphia has raised over $21 million to help eradicate cancer by funding lifesaving research and improve the lives of those affected by this disease.

Hosted by Philadelphia’s NCAA Division I Men’s Basketball Coaches – Steve Donahue (University of Pennsylvania), Fran Dunphy (La Salle University), Adam Fisher (Temple University), Billy Lange (Saint Joseph’s University), Kyle Neptune (Villanova University), and Zach Spiker (Drexel University).

Philadelphia Coaches vs. Cancer Program

Fran & Ree Dunphy, Phil & Judy Martelli


Our 20th Anniversary April 2024 BasketBall honored our co-founders, Fran & Ree Dunphy and Phil & Judy Martelli.

Our Honorees

Dan & Joan Hilferty

Honorary Chairs

The American Cancer Society is proud to have Dan and Joan Hilferty serving as the Honorary Chairs of our 20th Anniversary Coaches vs. Cancer BasketBall Gala in support of the Dunphys and the Martellis. Dan and Joan have been longtime friends of the American Cancer Society, and are both personally and professionally committed to ending cancer. 

Our Mission

Mission Funding: Philadelphia AstraZeneca Hope Lodge

American Cancer Society Hope Lodge® communities offer a home away from home for people facing cancer and their caregivers when cancer treatment is far away. Our 30+ Hope Lodge communities provide a free place to stay during treatment so people with cancer can focus on getting better. These communities provide comfortable guest suites with private baths, as well as inviting spaces with all the comforts of home, including a communal kitchen, dining area, laundry rooms, and places to gather or find a quiet respite – all at no cost to guests.

Hope Lodge guests don’t just find a place to stay – they find a community of support and an emotional connection with others facing the same journey.

AstraZeneca Hope Lodge

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Our Impact

110 Years

For more than 10 decades, the American Cancer Society has been dedicated to pursuing better outcomes for every cancer, every life. Today, more people are surviving cancer than ever before, but there is still work to be done. Join us, support us, and help us end cancer as we know it, for everyone.

$ 6.9 B

towards cancer research

68 %
Survival Rate

increase in five-year survival rate for all cancers combined

50.8 M
Saving Lives

lives touched in 2022

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