The words “Richard Lublin” and “charitable donation” go hand-in-hand:
Why philanthropy is so near and dear to Richard’s heart.
Richard Lublin, Event Chair, at the 2018 American Cancer Society’s Naples, FL Gala fundraiser, which raised over one million dollars to fight for a world without cancer. Lublin hired the legendary Diana Ross to attract donors. Photo by Charlie McDonald
Richard Lublin believes in giving back to the community. His generous charitable donations have touched many lives, from cancer patients and their families to medical doctors and researchers. For Richard, philanthropy is a means to an end: making the world a better place.
Richard Lublin has devoted much of his time, energy, and philanthropic activity to cancer research. Richard and his late wife, Jane, were title sponsors of The White Coat Gala — UConn's largest fundraiser, consistently throughout the years. They were also annual sponsors for the UConn Cancer Research Golf Tournament. Richard and Jane helped raise millions to support UConn Health and they made the first significant philanthropic donation to Bioscience Connecticut initiatives at the center. Richard Lublin has been named as an inaugural member of the Dean's Advisory Board at the UConn School of Medicine. UConn Health's waiting room in its new cancer center has been named in honor of Richard and Jane Lublin, for their many years of giving to cancer treatment and research. In 2014, they were named recipients of the University of Connecticut's highest award: The Medal of Honor in recognition of their outstanding philanthropic activity, as reported in the Hartford Courant and many other news outlets in the Northeast.
Richard Lublin continues his active involvement in the fight against cancer as chairman of the 2018 American Cancer Society's (ACS) Annual Bucket List Gala. This prestigious fundraiser has raised more than $4.5 million since its inception in 2011. Funds raised help the ACS fund its mission to save and celebrate lives, and to lead the fight for a world without cancer. This year, Lublin hired the legendary Diana Ross, to attract donors. The successful fundraiser drew 500 attendees to help raise more than one million dollars for The American Cancer Society.
Richard is no stranger to the terrible disease. He is a cancer survivor, and after his wife Jane was diagnosed with cancer, the Lublins were so touched by the quality of care they received from their physician, Dr. Upendra Hegde, who gave them hope in their darkest days , that they donated a major gift to support Dr. Hegde’s clinical work. “Together, we can advance research to new levels in our efforts to eliminate cancer," Richard recently remarked.
The Lublin have been supporters of many leading health care institutions in the U.S. including the Lahey Clinic. They established a Prostate Cancer Research Foundation at the Lahey Clinic in Burlington, MA. Lahey received a $50,000 grant from the Lublins for pain management research for cancer and trauma patients. Richard has also been recognized by the Memorial Sloan-Kettering Cancer Center for outstanding leadership, commitment and support in the battle against cancer.
The couple has made contributions to establish a research fund at Hartford Hospital in honor of Dr. Hiroyoshi Takata. An official plaque for the dedication of the fund has been placed in the hospital, which reads: In honor of Dr. Hiroyoshi Takata, whose surgical skills and dedication have saved a great many lives.
Richard and Jane donated the construction of the waiting room in the Cancer Center of Cape Cod Hospital. The room is named in honor of Jane’s father, Victor Jensen, who passed away from cancer.
Richard Lublin was recently elected to the Connecticut and Western Massachusetts Board of the American Heart Association.
The Lublins are also major philanthropic supporters to several no-kill animal shelters in the state of Connecticut and a leading no-kill Best Friends Animal shelter in Utah.
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