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Richard Lublin Co-chairs American Cancer Society Gala

Richard Lublin, tireless advocate in the fight against cancer he began in Connecticut, co-chairs American Cancer Society gala.

Dr. Richard Lublin
March 2022: Dr. Richard Lublin and Christine Stahl Lublin co-chair the American Cancer Society’s (ACS) Bucket List Bash Gala in Naples, Florida. Funds raised help fight for a world without cancer. (ACS Bucket List Bash)

Former Avon resident Richard Lublin has been instrumental in raising over $12 million in the fight against cancer he began here in Connecticut. On March 5, 2022, he co-chaired the American Cancer Society's (ACS) Bucket List Bash Gala in Naples, Florida, which has grossed over 9.2 million dollars since its inception in 2011. For the 2018 event, Lublin hired the legendary Diana Ross to attract donors. The successful fundraiser drew 500 attendees and raised more than one million dollars to further the American Cancer Society's mission to save and celebrate lives and free the world from cancer.

Much of Lublin's philanthropic activity has been devoted to that cause. In recognition of his extraordinary philanthropic contributions to UCONN Health, the University of Connecticut bestowed one of its highest awards to him in 2014 — The Carole & Ray Neag Medal of Honor. He has also been recognized for his ongoing efforts by The Lahey Clinic, Cape Cod Hospital in Massachusetts and Hartford Hospital for his dedication to cancer and medical research. In 2018, Richard Lublin was elected as a member of the prestigious Laureate Society for making important strides in cancer care and cancer research. Members from the society review and evaluate grant requests for medical research annually to help determine the best investments.

In 2019, in recognition of his life-long dedication to the fight against cancer, Richard was honored for bridging his two disparate careers in Law and the Arts. He received an Honorary Degree, Doctor of Fine Arts, from the University of Connecticut, School of Fine Arts during their graduation ceremony, where Richard was also the commencement speaker. When the honorary doctorate was conferred, he was introduced with these remarks: "Today, we are privileged to honor you, Richard Lublin, as a representative of what can be achieved with drive, fortitude, and imagination. As an accomplished attorney and actor, your life's work teaches us that with passion, there are no barriers to achievement."

Richard Lublin began his acting career in 1995 after retiring from 32 years of active law practice. His personal dedication to the medical field and his acting career merged when he landed roles as a surgeon and an ER doctor on Chicago Hope. Many film and television roles followed. Most notably, in Sidney Lumet's acclaimed movie Before the Devil Knows You're Dead and as Ben Mendelsohn's friendly neighbor in The Land of Steady Habits. Television roles included Rescue Me, Frasier, Law & Order, The Practice, Ally McBeal and Married with Children.

Born in Hartford, Connecticut and now a resident of Naples Florida, Richard's generosity, leadership and passion continue to make strides to lead the fight for a world without cancer.



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