The Lichtenstein Family approached Darren Port, Founder & CEO of Powered by Professionals (PBP), during the summer of 2005 to help them start an organization in memory of Gary Lichtenstein. Gary was their beloved son and brother who lost his valiant battle with brain cancer on October 1, 2003, at the age of 24, just seven months after he was diagnosed. With the help of Powered by Professionals, the Lichtenstein Family successfully founded Voices Against Brain Cancer (VABC) whose mission is to find a cure for brain cancer by advancing scientific research, increasing awareness within the medical community and supporting patients, their families and caregivers afflicted with this devastating disease.
PBP helped the Lichtenstein Family build VABC from the ground up. VABC held its inaugural fundraising gala, Sounding Off For A Cure, in 2006. In its first year, the event raised $260,000 and had 400 guests in attendance! By 2012, with PBP’s support and guidance, VABC had a dedicated committee, a knowledgeable Board of Directors and a reputable Medical Advisory Board comprised of doctors from all over the country. The organization, with no fulltime staff, is raising awareness and funds (nearly 2 million dollars annually) through events held nationwide by outsourcing operations to PBP. Sounding Off For A Cure (held annually in New York City) was their largest fundraiser with the annual event raising nearly $850,000 and over 1,200 guests attending.