The Society has played a vital role in the Center's
success for more than 60 years.
Founded in 1946, The Society of Memorial Sloan Kettering Cancer Center is a volunteer organization that, in cooperation with the professional staff of MSK, develop and fund programs that enhance patient care, support cancer research, and provide public education on the prevention, early detection, and treatment of cancer.
Since its earliest days, The Society has pioneered and excelled in every area of volunteer work and has become a national model for other volunteer organizations. Its 21 working committees have touched the lives of patients and their families in countless ways, offering comfort to those who come to MSK for treatment from across the nation and around the world.
In addition, The Society's fundraising efforts have allowed the institution to remain at the forefront of research, often supporting innovative, leading-edge projects in their nascent stages when conventional funding may be difficult to obtain. Many of these projects have matured into major research programs.
James D. Robinson, III, Honorary Chairman of Memorial Sloan-Kettering's Boards of Overseers and Managers, observed, "The Society has been an integral part of the Center's history. It is a terrific association of people who make a difference, not only in fundraising but, more importantly, in the ambiance, the heartbeat, of the whole institution."
The following is a list of the 21 working committees that make up The Society.
- Dream Team
- The Fresh Flower Program
- Patient Environment Program
- Patient Recreation
- Patient Visual and Literary Arts Program
- Social Services
- Annual Appeal
- Antique Show
- Associates Committee Events
- Special Projects
- Spring Ball
- Thrift Shop