The 2018 Visionary Ball, benefiting the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, was held on October 18, 2018, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to raise crucial funds for complex neurological diseases. Co-chaired by longtime UCLA Department of Neurosurgery supporters Susan Dolgen and honoree Edie Baskin Bronson, the evening was emceed by Extra’s Tanika Ray and featured award presentations and a performance by singer/songwriter Natasha Bedingfield.
Actor and author Rob Lowe was presented with the Icon Award by a surprise guest, actor Chris Pratt. Lowe’s career spans four decades in film, television and theater, including winning two Screen Actors Guild Awards and being nominated for two Emmy Awards and six Golden Globe Awards. He currently stars in and directs The Bad Seed.
Dr. John C. Mazziotta (RES ’81, FEL ’83), vice chancellor for UCLA Health Sciences and CEO of UCLA Health, was honored with the Medical Visionary Award, presented by Dr. Linda M. Liau (RES ’97, FEL ’98, PhD ’99), chair of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery and W. Eugene Stern Chair in Neurosurgery. Dr. Mazziotta previously served as associate vice chancellor for health sciences and executive vice dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA, chair of the UCLA Department of Neurology and founder and director of the UCLA Ahmanson-Lovelace Brain Mapping Center.
The Visionary Award, presented by “Doc” Rivers, head coach of the Los Angeles Clippers, went to Edie and Skip Bronson. Edie Baskin Bronson’s original, hand-tinted portraits of NBC’s Saturday Night Live guest hosts and title sequences established the show’s signature graphic style and garnered an Emmy Award for her work on the Saturday Night Live 40th Anniversary Special. Skip Bronson, chairman of the real estate development and advisory firm The Bronson Companies, is a member of the UCLA Neurosurgery Board of Advisors. He is a frequent guest on CNN, CNBC, MSNBC and Bloomberg TV and is the author of The War at the Shore.
UCLA alumnus Brian Lee also received the Visionary Award, presented by attorney and fellow Bruin Robert Shapiro. Lee co-founded and serves as managing director of the venture capital firm BAM Ventures. He also co-founded The Honest Company, LegalZoom and ShoeDazzle. Lee received his JD from the UCLA School of Law.
Dr. Felice L. Loverso, CEO and president of Casa Colina Hospital and Centers for Healthcare, was honored for his leadership of Casa Colina with the Luminary Award, presented by UCLA Neurosurgery Board of Advisors member Tina Odjaghian and Dr. Nader Pouratian (PhD ’01, MD ’03), UCLA vice chair of academic affairs. Dr. Loverso spoke about the long-standing partnership between UCLA neurosurgery and Casa Colina and shared a moving story about his own experience as a UCLA patient.
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