October 19, 2011, marked the 20th anniversary of the Stein/Oppenheimer Endowment Awards, with poster displays and a reception at UCLA's California NanoSystems Institute. The highlight was a presentation of a UCLA lifetime commendation to Gerald H. Oppenheimer, a philanthropist who has fostered the careers of hundreds of promising young scientists. Dr. Leonard Rome, senior associate dean for research, said, "Jerry's investment has led to an incredible financial return of nearly 62 to 1," as the seed grants have generated new funding for high-quality, transformational research at its early stages. Mr. and Mrs. Oppenheimer are actively involved donors, always present for the annual event to see firsthand what the projects hold for the future of medicine and science in a variety of fields.
In October, a 2011 Chevrolet Camaro convertible donated by General Motors and custom-designed by Ryan Friedlinghaus of West Coast Customs raised $366,000 at auction to benefit Operation Mend. From left: Navy CPO Robert Bruce; retired Army Spec. Joey Paulk; Ryan Friedlinghaus, CEO and founder West Coast Customs; retired Marine Cpl. Aaron Mankin; retired Army Sgt. Jason March; and Ronald A. Katz, founder and philanthropist, Operation Mend.
The UCLA Daltrey/Townshend Teen Cancer Program (DTTCP) is an extension of Teenage Cancer Trust (TCT), a U.K. charity dedicated to improving the lives of young people with cancer. The program funds and builds specialty units in hospitals, where young cancer patients are treated together and housed in adjoined patient rooms designed to help them cope with grueling treatment and long hospital stays. Its vision is to ensure that these patients and their families receive the best possible care and professional support throughout the cancer journey. On Saturday, November 5, 2011, an event was held in support of the DTTCP, featuring Robert Daltrey, Robert Plant and the Band of Joy, and Dave Grohl of the Foo Fighters. The evening featured a live and silent auction, festive cocktails provided by Patron, and an incredible rock-n-roll lineup, raising nearly $2 million.
The UCLA Foundation hosted its 2011 Rediscover UCLA event on November 9, 2011, featuring the UCLA Longevity Center directed by Dr. Gary Small. More than 350 people were in attendance at Korn Convocation Hall of UCLA Anderson School of Management. Dr. Small made a presentation entitled "Alzheimer's Disease: Can You Prevent It?" A dinner followed on Alumni Plaza, including roundtable discussions with the center's scholars and board members.
Women & Philanthropy at UCLA hosted its fall program, "Mindful Awareness: Ancient Practice, Modern Science," on November 17, 2011, in the Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. Dr. Marvin Belzer and Diana Winston, faculty from the UCLA Mindful Awareness Research Center, highlighted cutting-edge research on the power of mindfulness and led the guests through guided exercises to help reduce stress and be more present in life.
The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's annual Taste for a Cure signature event will be held on April 20, 2012, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, with proceeds benefiting the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. Jennifer Salke, president of NBC Entertainment, will be honored with the 2012 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Dinner Committee co-chairs are Dana Walden and Gary Newman, chairmen of Twentieth Century Fox Television; Jon Holman, president of The Holman Group; Larry Maguire, president and CEO of Far Niente Winery; and Jay Sures, partner and board member of United Talent Agency. For tickets or more information, visit www.tasteforacure.com.
The 19th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk for Women Los Angeles will take place on May 12, 2012. The Revlon/UCLA Women's Cancer Research Program is the leading beneficiary of this annual 5K event, which is the city's largest fundraiser for women's cancers. The UCLA Fights Women's Cancer team is open
to all supporters. Join now and receive a complimentary team T-shirt. Further information and access to the online registration page can be found at www.cancer.ucla.edu/revlonrunwalk.