2015 Dinner Gala

We would like to thank all the amazing friends that came out to support the Katie Oppo Research Fund. We had a very gracious amount of support. Our exact numbers are not reported yet but with your help on Friday, November 13, 2015, we were able to raise additional funds to help fight ovarian cancer. We are so proud to be in a community in which we have so many supporters willing to attend our events and give to such a great cause. Congrats to the Silent Auction winning bidders!!!!

5th Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Run

Once again, a big thank you to all our supporters for coming out to this years Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Walk / Run, held on Sunday, June 14, 2015. It was another beautiful day. This year we raised over $19,000. Many thanks to the individuals and local businesses that donated items to our silent auction: Manhasset Animal Hospital, Dan’s Dog Walking and Pet Sitting and Long Island Plastic Surgery.

Now a 501(c)(3) Public Charity

Formerly, the Katie Oppo Research Fund was classified as a 501(c)(3) Private Foundation. Since we are primarily a publicly supported organization, the Kate Oppo Research Fund had requested and was granted by the IRS, a ruling to be reclassified as a Public Charity.

5th Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Run – June 14, 2015

Please join us for the 5th Annual Katie Oppo Memorial 5k Run / Walk on June 14, 2015, beginning 9:00 AM at Flower Hill Park in Manhasset.

Fight Ovarian Cancer Dinner Gala 2014

Research Fund Dinner Gala Leonard's Palazzo

The Katie Oppo Research Fund will be hosting the Fight Ovarian Cancer Dinner Gala 2014 on Saturday November 15th at 7:00pm. This event is in support of our mission to increase awareness and fund research for the prevention, treatment, and cure of ovarian cancer.

We will be honoring Dr. William Grace for his dedication and humanitarianism in helping his patients find the best treatment and cure of rare and aggressive cancers.

The Dinner Gala will take place at Leonard’s Palazzo located at 555 Northern Blvd, Great Neck, NY. There will be an open bar, silent auction and music provided by DJ Jeff Ciccone, aka DJ Narcotik

4th Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Walk/Run

Thank you all for coming out to this years Annual Katie Oppo Memorial Walk / Run held on Sunday, June 15, 2014 at 9 AM. The weather was beautiful, attendance was great and most importantly, we raised over $16,000. This year’s course was modified to a 5k and for the first time, the run was timed by Long Island Race Timing. Runners were able to get their personal stats as well as rankings of their peers.

Katie Oppo Research Fund Initiates Study of SMARCA4 Mutation

Memorial Sloane Kettering’s, Dr. Douglas Levine, and his team of researchers, have identified a genetic mutation that appears to play a key role in causing the rare and aggressive form of ovarian cancer: Small Cell Carcinoma of the Ovary–Hypercalcemic Type (SCCOHT). Dr. Levine and his team identified the SMARCA4 mutation as a contributing factor in promoting or blocking cancer growth in this rare tumor. “I don’t know of many cancers where there’s one gene that is universally mutated and seems to be driving the disease,” says Levine. His findings are reported online in the journal Nature Genetics. For more information, read the article Aggressive Ovarian Cancer May Be Caused by a Single Gene Mutation by Jim Stallard.

Taylor Watson runs NYC Half Marathon

On March 16th, 2014 Taylor Watson collected over $2000 for The Katie Oppo Research Fund.


TW Results

Winter Concert 2014–huge success!

Thank you once again to the amazing performers who donated their time and talent to the Katie Oppo Memorial concert held at Munsey Park School auditorium! Hats off to the Manhasset School District for their constant support!

Our 2014 concert featured the awesome, retro sounds of the reunited Great Neck band, The Rockets, as well as the contemporary sounds of our own Manhasset High freshmen Dan Oppo on lead guitar and Gavin Olsen on drums and Port Washington vocalist Bart Fuch and bass guitarist, Adam Tuch.

We were lucky to have an outstanding solo vocal performance by varsity Coach Simpkins–who stole the show with his amazing voice and the super talented guitarist who accompanied him Jake Atherton, who is also a solo virtuoso–thanks coach and Jake–what a team you turned out to be!

A huge thank you to Dr. Douglas Levine of Memorial Sloane Kettering who was on hand to deliver the long anticipated update from our first research grant. We await the publication of his successful results and look forward to continuing our support of this important ovarian cancer research.

The Queens College Dance team was also on hand lending the beauty of our own Caterina Anastasia and all of her lovely, talented team-mates!

We were lucky to have another awesome band, new to our stage this year–Alter Ego of Port Washington, featuring Keith Bresowsky, Patty Atkins, and Jeremy Michaels.

Thanks to all of our volunteers, and most of all to our supporters–we can not continue to fund research without you.


2014 KORF Winter Concert February 8th

The third annual KORF Winter concert will be held at Munsey Park auditorium in Manhasset, at 7:30 PM on Saturday February 8th 2014. Tickets are available for presale at A&F Market on Plandome Rd. 2 for $20.00. Tickets will also be available for $15.00 at the door. We will be featuring live local bands and the Queens College Dance Troupe.  All proceeds will go directly to ovarian cancer research and prevention.