|Sidney Kimmel||Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D.||Doriana Sanchez||Bob Saget|
The Visionary Ball 2011 gathered nearly 700 guests at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on October 6th. The gala was a success raising $1.8 million to benefit research and education for the Department of Neurosurgery. We honored Sidney Kimmel, Louis Ignarro, Doriana Sanchez and Bob Saget.
The co-chairs were Edie Baskin-Bronson and Beth Friedman. The special emcee of the event was Giuliana Rancic, co-anchor of E! News. Dr. Neil Martin, Chairman of the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery, opened the ceremony with a special thank you to all the guests who help make the medical miracles happen everyday at UCLA.
Sidney Kimmel received the Visionary Award for his contributions to cancer research that have led to building many cancer research centers and seeding significant breakthroughs on the war against cancer. Sir Michael Caine, renowned actor, introduced Kimmel, who is esteemed in Hollywood as the head of Sidney Kimmel Entertainment and founder of The Jones Group.
The evening brought together so many heartfelt stories of survival from patients and their families such as Jennifer Sugioka who was diagnosed at 23 years old with terminal brain cancer 11 years ago. Today she lives free of cancer with the help of the breakthrough vaccine developed by Dr. Linda Liau, Director of the Brain Tumor Program at UCLA. Kimmel gave a seed grant to Dr. Liau's early research at UCLA. Former Major League baseball player, Mark Gubicza, shared his teenage daughter's battle with seizures that have now ceased after Dr. Gary Mathern performed a life-saving surgery.
2011 VISIONARY AWARD
Presented by Sir Michael Cain
2011 MEDICAL VISIONARY AWARD
Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D.
Presented by Gerald S. Levey, M.D.
2011 COURAGE AWARD
2011 RODNEY RESPECT AWARD
Presented by Joan Dangerfield and John Stamos
(Disclaimer: Some videos below contain adult humor)
Giuliana Rancic Opens the 2011 Visionary Ball
UCLA Chancellor Gene Block Welcomes Attendees
Dr. Gerald Levey Introduces Louis J. Ignarro, Ph.D.
Louis Ignarro, Ph.D. Accepts the Medical Visionary Award
Sidney Kimmel Accepts the Visionary Award
Joan Dangerfield Introduces the Rodney Respect Award
John Stamos Presents Bob Saget with the 2011 Rodney Respect Award
Bob Saget Accepts 2011 Rodney Respect Award