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28TH ANNUAL TALK OF THE TOWN GALA

28TH ANNUAL TALK OF THE TOWN GALA

ASSOCIATES FOR BREAST AND PROSTATE CANCER STUDIES HONORS
PATRICK M. BYRNE AND NANCY O’DELL
AT 28TH ANNUAL TALK OF THE TOWN GALA

Bret Michaels Performed; Taye Diggs Hosted; Nicole Murphy Presented

(Los Angeles, CA – Nov. 20, 2017) Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs), helmed by president Gloria Gebbia, hosted its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Gala benefited breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Patrick M. Byrne, founder and CEO of Overstock.com was honored with the Spirit of Hope Award and Entertainment Tonight’s co-anchor Nancy O’Dell was recipient of the Spirit of Entertainment Award. Singer/songwriter Bret Michaels performed and actor Taye Diggs hosted. Sheri Rosenblum was gala chair and Beverly Cohen was décor chair. The gala included a luxury boutique and silent and live auctions.

“We are honored to celebrate Patrick Byrne and Nancy O’Dell at this year’s Talk of the Town and we are extremely grateful that they will be joining us to help raise awareness and support of our mission to find a cure for breast and prostate cancer,” said ABCs president, Gloria Gebbia. “For more than 28 years we have dedicated ourselves to raising much needed funds to continue the life-saving research being conducted at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, with the generosity and support of individuals like this year’s honorees.”

“Our Institute is so fortunate to have such extraordinary and dedicated supporters like Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs,” said Patrick Wayne, chairman of the Board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “It is their commitment that enables our physicians and scientists to continue their groundbreaking cancer research for early detection and treatment and provide hope to cancer patients everywhere.”

A highlight of the evening was the surprise presentation by Nicole Murphy of the inaugural Gebbia Family Legacy Award to Gloria Gebbia, for her more than 20 years of dedication to the ABCs organization.

Patrick M. Byrne was presented the Spirit of Hope Award by Marcel Loh, president and CEO, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute. In 1999, Byrne launched Overstock.com and in 2016, Overstock.com had revenues of $1.8 billion. In 2001, Byrne began Worldstock Fair Trade, an Overstock.com division selling handcrafted products from artisans in developing nations. Worldstock profits have been donated to fund philanthropy projects, including building 26 self-sustaining schools across Asia and Africa educating thousands of students. As a public service, Byrne created a pet adoption service that has connected people with over 100,000 pets since 2014. In 2010, Forbes magazine named Overstock the No. 9 Best Company to Work for in the Country, and Byrne the CEO with the highest employee approval rating (92%). In 2014, Overstock was one of the Most Trustworthy Companies in America as named by Forbes/MSCI ESG Research. Byrne believes that our nation’s success depends on education and capital markets. In 2012, Overstock became the first business with more than $1 million in revenue to accept bitcoin as a payment method and in 2015 Byrne used Medici’s t0.com cryptosecurities trading platform to become the first person to purchase a digital bond entirely on the bitcoin blockchain. Byrne made history again in 2016 when Overstock.com issued the first share of a public company ever traded on an alternative trading system (ATS) utilizing the blockchain’s distributed ledger technology. Byrne received a bachelor’s degree in philosophy and Asian studies from Dartmouth College, a master’s in philosophy from Cambridge University as a Marshall Scholar and a doctorate in philosophy from Stanford University. Having taught at the university level, he is a frequent guest lecturer discussing internet commerce, blockchain, capital markets, Wall Street practices, education, leadership and ethics.

Taye Diggs presented The Spirit Of Hollywood Award to Emmy Award-winning journalist Nancy O’Dell. O’Dell has proven to be a force in all areas of her career as a host, author, producer and entrepreneur. One of the country’s most respected and leading entertainment journalists, O’Dell is co-host of the most-watched entertainment news program in the world, Entertainment Tonight. Prior to her work at ET, she served as the co-host of Access Hollywood and was named one of Television Week’s “10 Most Bankable Stars in Syndication.” With more than 20 years of experience, O’Dell contributes to CBS This Morning and is a go-to anchor for live TV specials. She was a host of the American Country Music Awards and hosted the 2016 Grammy Red Carpet Live Special on CBS as well as the live Emmys, Golden Globes and Critics Choice Red Carpet Special for multiple years. For 17 consecutive years she has hosted the Tournament of Roses Parade. She is a member of the Academy of Country Music Awards and the was the original host and consulting producer for Nashville Star, as well as the host and producer of HGTV’s Celebrities At Home. O’Dell has been honored with three Emmy Awards, three Associated Press Awards and two Society of Professional Journalists Awards. After her mother passed away in 2008 from complications related to ALS, O’Dell became a National Vice President of the Muscular Dystrophy Association and serves as the spokesperson for ALS.net. In 2009, MDA, O’Dell and O’Dell’s family formed a foundation in her mother’s name called Betty’s Battle: Fighting ALS.

About the ABCs
The ABCs was formed 28 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. These individuals wanted to devote all their charitable efforts and resources to eradicating cancer and unanimously chose to support progressive and innovative breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Today, the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies are over 150 members strong and growing. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at the Institute, and since 1990, have raised more than $15 million. For more information, please visit www.abcjw.com.

About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere. 

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