JOHN WAYNE CANCER INSTITUTE AUXILIARY HONORS DR. DELPHINE J. LEE WITH THE ANGEL AWARD AND FORD WARRIORS IN PINK WITH THE PUBLIC SERVICE AWARD AT ANNUAL MEMBERSHIP LUNCHEON & BOUTIQUE
The John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary honored Delphine J. Lee, MD, PhD, with the Angel Award and Ford Warriors in Pink with the Public Service Award at its Annual Membership Luncheon and Boutique, October 22, 2015 at the Beverly Wilshire in Beverly Hills. Prior to the luncheon, the more than 300 guests enjoyed a boutique featuring fine and costume jewelry, clothing, accessories and other select items. Vendors donated a portion of their proceeds to the Institute.
Event chairs were auxiliary board members Marisol Zarco and Katie Lewis who welcomed guests into the Grand Ballroom, before introducing Sister Maureen Craig who offered the invocation.
For the third consecutive year, actor, producer, writer and currently president and co-owner of Amplus Real Estate Investment Company Gerard DiNome served as the afternoon’s host. No stranger to the John Wayne Cancer Institute (his wife, Dr. Maggie DiNome is a prominent member of the Institute’s renowned team of physicians and scientists), Gerard singled out the auxiliary as a great group of “go to women,” noting their accomplishments over the past 34 years. “We cannot begin to count the number of lives that have and will be saved thanks in no small measure to the dollars you’ve raised.”
Anita Swift, president of the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary and granddaughter of the late, eponymous actor, paid homage to the Institute noting “I know how proud my grandfather would be that we remain one of the most successful cancer research centers in the world. The breakthroughs made here continue to have a global impact.”
She went on to acknowledge members of the Institute team in the audience including: Anton J. Bilchik, MD, PhD, Rebecca Crane-Okada, PhD, Maggie DiNome, MD, Mark B. Faries, MD, Melanie Goldfarb, MD, Jennifer Linehan, MD, Delphine J. Lee, MD, PhD, Donald Larsen, MD, Briana Lau, MD, Steven O’Day, MD, Decio Rangel, MD, Peter Sieling, PhD and Timothy G. Wilson, MD.
Melanie Wayne, auxiliary treasurer and CFO, and granddaughter of John Wayne, presented a check on behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Institute in the amount of $1,470,787 to Michael Wayne, Dr. Bilchik and Dr. Larsen. In accepting the check, Michael Wayne, the late actor’s grandson noted, “It’s so gratifying to look around this room, to see old friends and new, and to know that we share a challenge. There truly is strength in numbers and it is because of all of you and the passion you share for our common goal. I know we’re making a real difference in this fight and we won’t stop until we find a cure!”
Michael Wayne presented the 2015 Public Service Award to Ford Warriors in Pink. “Ford Motor Company has been in the fight against breast cancer for 21 years,” said Wayne. “From raising funds and awareness for breast cancer to giving patients and survivors more good days, Ford is always looking for ways to help people go further. With over $128 million raised to date, they have not only changed lives, but saved lives by providing financial aid to patients in need, free mammograms for early detection and much needed resources for education.”
Hillary Fogelson presented the 2015 Angel Award to Dr. Delphine Lee, Director of the Dermatological Center for Skin Health at Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the director of both the Dirks/Dougherty Laboratory for Cancer Research and the department of translational immunology at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.
The afternoon concluded with a raffle drawing for a Santa Ynez Sideways wine experience in a luxurious private wine-country residence.
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. For more information, please visit www.JWCIgiving.org
About the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary
Established in 1982 by two breast cancer survivors, the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary is currently helmed by president Anita Swift, granddaughter of John Wayne. The auxiliary has raised more than $19 million to fund a wide array of the Institute’s priorities including groundbreaking research, vital new laboratory equipment and the nationally renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program, which trains the next generation of surgical oncologists.