ASSOCIATES FOR BREAST AND PROSTATE CANCER STUDIES
HOSTS ANNUAL MOTHER’S DAY LUNCHEON
Actress, Comedienne and Radio Personality Lisa Ann Walter Emceed
The Associates For Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, affectionately known as the ABCs, hosted its annual Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills, Wednesday, May 7, 2014 to benefit breast and prostate cancer research at John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Paul Dreher, Assistant Director of Catering, Beverly Hilton hotel, was surprised with a special recognition, “A True Gentle-Man of The Year Award” presented by ABCs President Gloria Gebbia for his long-time support of the organization.
Beverly Cohen and Sheri Rosenblum co-chaired the event which featured an informal fashion show by celebrated Los Angeles designer Mark Zunino. Actress, comedienne and radio personality Lisa Ann Walter emceed. Special guests included Carlton Gebbia and Brandi Glanville of “The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills” and actress Nicky Whelan. Prior to the luncheon there was a luxury boutique featuring a fashionable array of select vendors donating a portion of proceeds from their sales to the organization.
“I feel especially honored to acknowledge the incredible progress being made at the John Wayne Cancer Institute in the search for a cure for breast and prostate cancer,” said Gloria Gebbia, President of the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies. “Each of us is a part of this great community that unites in a common goal to improve the lives of people with cancer.”
“Our organization is so fortunate to have such extraordinary and dedicated supporters as Gloria Gebbia and the ABCs,” said Patrick Wayne, Chairman of the Board at JWCI and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. “It is their commitment that enables us to continue our goal to eradicate cancer and provide hope to cancer patients around the globe.”
About the ABCs
The ABCs was formed 24 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 (JWCI). 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 JWCI, and since 1990, have raised over $14 million. For more information, please visit www.abcjw.com.
About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence St. 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 dedicated physicians and scientists at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) 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 JWCI 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, JWCI provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere. For more information, please visit www.jwci.org.
Photos Courtesy of Vince Bucci