Red, White & Denim

Sunday, October 2, 2022
Los Angeles, CA

Red, White & Denim - 15th Anniversary Backyard Bash

Who We Are

UCLA Health Operation Mend was established in 2007 as a partnership between UCLA Health and the United States military.

Operation Mend provides world-class surgical and medical treatment; comprehensive psychological evaluation and support; and intensive treatment programs for post-traumatic stress disorder, traumatic brain injury, and substance use disorder. We are the only program in the nation that includes caregivers alongside their warriors as full participants in a mental health treatment program for veterans. 

Being family-centered is a core value of Operation Mend and a game changer when it comes to healing. Warriors and their families from across the United States — more than 80 percent from outside of California — come to UCLA to participate in Operation Mend’s programs. They are met with utmost warmth and while here, receive extra social support through our buddy programs.

All travel, accommodations, case management, and treatment are provided at no cost to veterans and caregivers. We are entirely donor funded.

Celebrating 15 years

Operation mend 15 anniversary logo

The 2022 Red, White & Denim Backyard Bash celebrates 15 years of caring for wounded warriors and their families. Our guests of honor will include more than 100 warriors and caregivers who have participated in Operation Mend programs.

Red, White & Denim will provide many opportunities, through social media and other outreach efforts surrounding the event, to address one of the program’s biggest challenges: raising awareness. We need those in the post-9/11 warrior community to know that if they are struggling with visible and invisible wounds of war, Operation Mend is just a phone call or email away.

Red, White & Denim will also raise much-needed funds for postdoctoral clinical fellowships in psychiatry and neurology, in addition to securing resources to pilot new methods of treatment for veterans struggling with trauma.

By joining us on this special night, you will support a world-class program committed to providing life-changing — and often life-saving — care and treatment for our wounded post-9/11 military service members and veterans, as well as their caregivers and families. With a recent program expansion, Operation Mend plans to treat and care for more than 1,000 new patients in the next two years.

A Joyful, Yet Humbling Experience

Spending time with our warriors and caregivers, hearing their stories, and seeing their resilience is a powerful and uplifting experience. Many of these warriors who gave so much for our country were unable to leave their homes before they came into treatment with Operation Mend; this event celebrates their strength along with the program’s accomplishments over the past 15 years.

Red, White & Denim will take place at the Beverly Hills home of Todd and Dana Katz, with approximately 600 attendees expected. In keeping with the family-centered values of Operation Mend, and to ensure the comfort of all our guests, the feel of the event is casual and fun. The food, drink, and entertainment will be top-notch.

The event will run from 5:00 pm – 10:00 pm. The formal program, which begins at 7:00 pm, will feature videos, stories from patients and caregivers, tributes to honorees, and a live auction, all followed by a fantastic musical performance.

Honorees

Ronald A. Katz - Honoring our program founder

Ronald A. Katz

In the height of the wars in Iraq and Afghanistan, Ron Katz and his late wife Maddie felt a duty to do something meaningful to help the men and women serving our nation in the military. They visited Brooke Army Medical Center in San Antonio and made a lead gift toward completion of a Fisher House there in January 2007. Ron, inspired by an idea of Maddie’s, then brought together the leadership of UCLA and the Army, and using his rare ability to persevere in the face of enormous obstacles, he prevailed in forming a partnership that has changed the lives of service members, veterans and their families from across our nation. Operation Mend, while healing the visible and invisible wounds of war, has also engaged our own Los Angeles community in ways both profound and unexpected.

Ron’s initial gift to UCLA, his ongoing financial support of the program and his continuing leadership on Operation Mend’s advisory board have been instrumental in allowing for the program’s sustainability and growth. We are so grateful for him!

Gary Ghazarian - Maddie Katz Humanitarian Award

Gary Ghazarian

The inaugural Maddie Katz Humanitarian Award will be presented to Gary Ghazarian as part of Operation Mend’s 15th Anniversary celebration. Maddie Katz was an open-hearted, loving, and incredibly philanthropic person. In addition to giving generously over the course of her life, she volunteered much of her time at her favorite charities — always with remarkable humility. She was a strong but gentle advocate for those in need, and her vision to help veterans lead to the formation of Operation Mend.

Gary Gazarian embodies so many of Maddie’s wonderful qualities. He, like Maddie, is kind and unassuming. Without being asked, Gary contributes his time, talent, and resources to advance our mission; his impact on Operation Mend is profound. Since he began volunteering with the Buddy Program in 2013, Gary has provided social support to 17 warriors. He is also a member of Operation Mend’s Board of Advisors and deeply committed to philanthropy — Maddie would be so proud.

Sponsors

Platinum Sponsors

  • The Katz Family
  • The Thalians

Gold Sponsor

  • Electronic Waveform Lab Inc.

Silver Sponsors

  • Intrepid Relief Fund
  • Nathanson Family
  • Star-Spangled Sponsors:
  • Penske Corporation
  • Nicole and Amir Rubin
  • In-kind Sponsors:
  • Anheuser-Busch
  • Brixton Clothing

(Silver sponsors continued)

  • The Conrad Hotel
  • DJ Michael Basic
  • Fox Sports
  • Jakks Pacific
  • Los Angeles Dodgers
  • Mattel Children's Foundation
  • Natural History Museum
  • Tell Me A Story

Sponsorship Levels

Titanium | $500,000 ($494,900 is tax-deductible)

  • 30 guest passes with premium seating
  • Logo recognition as Titanium Sponsor on all printed materials and press releases, as well as on event video board, step-and-repeat, and website
  • Special recognition from event emcee
  • Special recognition on Operation Mend social media
  • Sponsor airfare and lodging for 20 warriors and/or caregivers attending the event

Platinum | $250,000 ($245,750 is tax-deductible)

  • 25 guest passes with premium seating
  • Logo recognition as Platinum Sponsor on all printed materials and press releases, as well as on event video board, step-and-repeat, and website
  • Special recognition from event emcee
  • Special recognition on Operation Mend social media
  • Sponsor airfare and lodging for 15 warriors and/or caregivers attending the event

Gold | $100,000 ($96,600 is tax-deductible)

  • 20 guest passes with premium seating
  • Logo recognition as Gold Sponsor on all printed materials and press releases, as well as on event video board and website
  • Special recognition on Operation Mend social media
  • Sponsor airfare and lodging for 10 warriors and/or caregivers attending the event

Silver | $50,000 ($47,450 is tax-deductible)

  • 15 guest passes with premium seating
  • Designation as Silver Sponsor on all printed materials and press releases, as well as on event video board and website
  • Sponsor airfare and lodging for eight warriors and/or caregivers attending the event

Bronze | $25,000 ($22,960 is tax-deductible)

  • 12 guest passes
  • Designation as Bronze Sponsor on all printed materials, as well as on event video board and website
  • Sponsor airfare and lodging for six warriors and/or caregivers attending the event

Star-Spangled Sponsor | $10,000 ($8,300 is tax-deductible)

  • 10 guest passes
  • Designation as Star-Spangled Sponsor on event video board

Family Sponsor | $5,000 ($4,150 is tax-deductible)

  • Five guest passes
  • Designation as Family Sponsor on event video board

Event Passes

  •  Individual Event Passes | $1,000 ($830 tax-deductible)
  • Individual Buddy Program Rate Passes | $250 ($80 tax-deductible) LIMIT TWO, Discount code required

Custom sponsorships / Event passes

We would like the opportunity to tailor a sponsorship package to highlight your brand or foundation and showcase your unique contributions to the Operation Mend community. Examples of past custom sponsorships include:

  • Car giveaway
  • Signature cocktail
  • Branded photobooth or guest activity area

Please contact Nicholas Middlesworth to discuss custom sponsorship opportunities at [email protected] or (310) 227-5670.

To mail your sponsorship payment, please download this pdf form and make checks payable to The UCLA Foundation. 

Mail to:
Nicholas Middlesworth
Senior Director of Development
UCLA Health Sciences Development
10889 Wilshire Boulevard, Suite 1200-40
Los Angeles, California 90024