The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research Gala Raises $750,000

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The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research Gala Raises $750,000

Comedian Martin Short Stars at ‘Stand-Up for Brain Cancer Gala’ 

HOUSTON – (April 27, 2016) –The serious mission of raising funds for brain cancer research took a decidedly lighter note April 20 when comedian Martin Short brought his trademark antics and legendary characters to a packed house as the headliner for The Broach Foundation’s “Stand-Up for Brain Cancer” Gala held at River Oaks Country Club.  Now in its fifth year, the gala raised $750,000 to support brain cancer research at The University of Texas M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.

Proving that laughter is the best medicine – at least for the evening – Short had the sold-out crowd of 500 roaring with laughter with hilarious cameo appearances by his well-loved Father of the Bride character Franck and Jiminy Glick, from the television series Primetime Glick. Master of Ceremonies Chuck Yates provided his own Texas brand of humor while Dr. Frederick Lang delivered a serious and inspiring message about his research into the causes and treatment of brain cancer at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center where he is Director of Clinical Research in the Department of Neurosurgery.

Short proved to be a gregarious guest, mixing with supporters and posing for photos during the pre-dinner cocktail hour.  He joins an incredible list of past gala headliners including Kevin Nealon, Dennis Miller and Dana Carvey.  Following the program, guests enjoyed a delicious southern style fried chicken dinner complete with a side of biscuits and bubbly. 

Diagnosed with aggressive brain cancer in 2010, James Broach and his wife Jamie decided to actively pursue a cure for this challenging and under-funded disease.  In 2011, the couple founded The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research and chose to fight cancer with laughter, spearheading an annual Stand-Up for Brain Cancer event.  Since its founding, the non-profit organization has provided over $3 million to support brain cancer research at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.  James Broach lost his battle against brain cancer in 2013.

Jamie Broach Byrd thanked Presenting Sponsor Kayne Anderson Capital Advisors and guests and noted that despite the fundraising challenges organizations are currently facing, the gala was a record-breaking success. 

“I am so grateful to have the continued support of loyal sponsors and friends who have been with us since the beginning,” said Byrd.  “It’s a testament to the inspiration and impact James had on our lives and community, and the legacy he left in the work taking place at M.D. Anderson Cancer Center.”

Byrd also encouraged guests to mark their calendars for April 6 when the 2017 Stand-Up for Cancer gala will take place.

Laughing the night away were Faith and Lee Majors, Jan Bres, Carla Dawson, Michele and Mike Heinz, Connally and Mark Burroughs, Theresa and Jeff Eaton, Elizabeth and Anthony Deluca, Lauren and Matt Moncrief, Linda and Steve Webster, Kelli and Eddy Blanton, and Sippi and Ajay Khurana.

About The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research

The Broach Foundation for Brain Cancer Research is a 501(c)(3) non-profit charitable organization. Our mission is to promote funding for brain cancer research and education so that effective treatments, and ultimately a cure, can be found. All net proceeds raised will be provided as grants to qualified research clinics and doctors who are conducting promising research in the area of brain cancer and brain disease to help find the cure. For more information, visit