USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center Gala
The USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center, one of the original comprehensive cancer centers designated by the National Cancer Institute in 1972, raised more than $2 million at its 2015 gala fundraiser on October 10th at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills.
The black-tie event honored international philanthropic leaders Dana and David Dornsife who received the Visionary Award. Physician and scientist Mr. Parkash Gill received the Research Innovation Award for his ground-breaking cancer work as one of the USC’s team of scientific researchers.
All gala funds will support the innovative cancer research at the 43-year-old USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center.
The honorary event hosts included USC President C. L. Max Nikias, Dean Carmen A. Puliafito of the Keck School of Medicine of USC and Stephen Gruber, director of USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Raymond and Shauna Mirra of RAM Capital were the evening’s presenting sponsor and honorary chairs.
Emmy Award-winning actor, comedian and Saturday Night Live alumi Dana Carvey served as the gala’s emcee.
Special guest, actor Pierce Brosnan, who is best known for his role as James Bond, served as a speaker at the event. Pierce Brosnan spoke poignantly about his late wife who sadly succumbed to ovarian cancer in 1991. For Pierce Brosnan this event was more about a real fight. His words, “We can never pull back the fight against cancer because cancer will never give up it’s fight to take the ones we love,” conveyed the real truth behind the fight against cancer.
Multi-Grammy Award winner Don Henley performed at the gala. Henley is the founding member of the music group the Eagles and he is also a passionate environmental activitist. He soulfully entertained the crowd by performing classic favorites such as “Dirty Laundry,” “Desperado” and “Hotel California.”
—Written by Valerie Roop