A gift of $1.35 million was received by the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation from the Avon Foundation to support breast-imaging fellowships under the direction of Dr. Lawrence Bassett and the Avon Cares for Life program at Olive View-UCLA Medical Center directed by Dr. Judith Gasson. An invaluable resource for underserved women, Avon Cares for Life provides on-site patient navigation, high-risk screening, survivorship programs and access to breast-cancer clinical trials.
Dr. Thomas Calcaterra, UCLA professor emeritus of head and neck surgery, and Ellen Calcaterra (pictured left) made a $2-million gift to establish the Thomas C. Calcaterra, M.D., Recruitment Fund for Head and Neck Surgery. This endowment will aid the Division of Head and Neck Surgery to attract the country’s top ear, nose and throat specialists by underwriting competitive recruitment packages. While UCLA salaries closely match those at other public universities, they lag behind wages offered at private institutions. Moreover, the high cost of living in the Los Angeles area creates a notable disadvantage. Ultimately, the gift by the Calcaterras will be used to establish an administrative endowed chair in head and neck surgery for future division chiefs.
Dr. Calcaterra began his surgical training at UCLA in 1962 and joined the faculty in 1969. His clinical practice specialized in head and neck oncology and rhinology, as well as the surgical management of chronic sinusitis. Mrs. Calcaterra, an alumna of the UCLA Anderson School of Management, currently specializes in realestate management, developing and consulting.
Furthering his distinguished history of philanthropy at UCLA, Kenneth A. Jonsson has made a gift of $1 million to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation. Mr. Jonsson’s generosity will support the highest-priority research needs of Drs. Dinesh Chhetri, Judith Gasson, E. Carmack Holmes, Jay Lee, Robert Smith and Jan Tillisch.
The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation has received a gift of $100,000 from The Katz Family Foundation. One-half of the gift will support pancreatic-cancer research under the direction of Dr. Edward Garon; the remaining half will be used to support translational lymphoma research led by Drs. Linda Baum and Lauren Pinter-Brown. Ronald and Madelyn Katz have been advocates and generous supporters of UCLA for more than 35 years. Mr. Katz currently serves as secretary of the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board of Advisors, and Mrs. Katz, until her death earlier this year, sat on the Board of Directors for Women & Philanthropy at UCLA.
Joy and Jerry Monkarsh have made a $300,000 pledge to the Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation to underwrite two promising translational-research projects; one is in melanoma under the direction of Dr. James Economou, and the other is in sarcoma led by Dr. Fritz Eilber. Both projects aim to translate basic-science discoveries into effective new therapies.
As a valued partner of the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA, the MSST Foundation pledged $750,000 to fund three programs: $400,000 to support fellowships for neuroscience graduate students in the Mood Disorders Research Program under the direction of Dr. Lori Altshuler; $250,000 to the Mindful Awareness Research Center led by Dr. Susan Smalley to expand its education program in the Los Angeles community and beyond; and $100,000 to the Family Development Project directed by Dr. Christoph Heinicke.
The Shapell-Guerin Foundation made a pledge of $1.5 million to underwrite Dr. Daniel Geschwind’s cutting-edge research into autism in the UCLA Department of Neurology. As head of the foundation, Vera and Paul Guerin are carrying on their family’s philanthropic dedication to the UCLA medical sciences.
Cynthia and William E. Simon Jr. made a $250,000 pledge to establish the UCLA Hospital System CEO Discretionary Fund, which will provide unrestricted moneys for Dr. David T. Feinberg, CEO and associate vice chancellor, to respond to critical needs and projects within the hospital system. Mr. Simon currently serves as cochairman of the William E. Simon Foundation and the Cynthia L. and William E. Simon Jr. Foundation, both of which assist needy youngsters in urban areas through faith-based efforts. Mr. Simon joined the Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center Board of Advisors in 2008. The Simons have been supporters of UCLA for more than 16 years.
Karen and Brad Sraberg made a $500,000 gift to Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA to name the Scott Elliott Sraberg Charitable Foundation Rotunda (pictured left) in memory of their son, who received care at UCLA. The rotunda is located on the fifth floor of Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. They provided an additional contribution in support of the Child Life/ Child Development Program, a pioneering, national model that appropriately addresses, in a culturally sensitive manner, the social, emotional and developmental needs of each child, whether hospitalized or seen as an outpatient, and his/her family. The Srabergs have another son who currently attends the UCLA Lab School, Corinne A. Seeds Campus, and Mr. Sraberg is a UCLA alumnus.