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A No-Limit TexasHold’em Poker Tournament at 20th Century Fox Studios on April 1, 2006, raised almost $150,000 to benefit Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA. Hospital Board of Directors member J.R. DeLang hosted the tournament, and Chris Rose, of Fox’s Best Damn Sports Show, was among the 100-plus players. 

The dedication of the Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria Biomarker Laboratories took place on April 12, 2006, followed by a luncheon in their honor. Dr. Daljit S. and Elaine Sarkaria pledged $5 million to develop a biomarker program in the Department of Pathology and Laboratory Medicine. 

Jules Stein Eye Institute commemorated its 40th anniversary with a festive dinner on May 19, 2006. Founding members were honored at the celebration, which was held in conjunction with the annual Clinical and Research Seminar. 

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation celebrated A Taste of Napa on May 20, 2006, at The Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Alex Wallau, president of ABC Network Operations and Administration, was honored with the 2006 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Co-chairs of the Dinner Committee were Robert Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company, and his wife,Willow Bay. Barbara Fairchild, editor-in-chief of Bon Appétit magazine, served as event chair. About 500 guests helped to raise more than $830,000 for the Jonsson Cancer Center. 

The 10th Annual Icon Award event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on June 3, 2006, recognizedMichael Phelps, theNorton Simon Professor of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, director of the Crump Institute forMolecular Imaging and co-inventor of positron emission tomography (PET), and Carl Reiner, renowned entertainer, for making outstanding contributions to society throughout their lives. On behalf of the UCLA Center on Aging, Meyer “Mike” Hersch served as event chair, and Carl Gottlieb was master of ceremonies. 

On June 10, 2006, nearly 600 people honored Dr. Ronald W. Busuttil, executive chairman of UCLA’s Department of Surgery, and ABC-TV’s hit show Grey’s Anatomy at the Future in Hand benefit gala at Hollywood’s Kodak Theatre. Guests enjoyed Tom Arnold’s role as master of ceremonies and Diane Keaton’s heartwarming presentation to Dr. Busuttil. Co-chairs Dr. Neil A.Martin, Dr. James B. Atkinson and Colleen L. Devaney underscored the importance of the event to support the $50-million fund-raising initiative for UCLA’s Surgical Endowment Fund. Net proceeds of $325,000 have been directed toward this goal. 

Katie Johnson hosted Melodies and Memories, an evening under the stars withMichael Feinstein and Linda Eder, on July 16, 2006. Proceeds support the Deane F. Johnson Center for Neurotherapeutics at UCLA, under the direction of Dr. Jeffrey Cummings in the Department of Neurology 

The Seventh Annual Mattel Party on the Pier! took place on September 30, 2006, at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier, raising essential funding for Mattel Children’s Hospital at UCLA, including equipment needs. Featured were CarnieWilson, Patricia Heaton andWally Kurth, along with numerous celebrity kids.

Millennium Ball a Smash Success

The 2006 Millennium Ball was held October 5, 2006, on the grounds of the new Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center, which will be dedicated on June 4, 2007. This major fund-raising event, hosted by the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA and supporting the new hospital, honored Robert Iger, president and CEO of The Walt Disney Company. Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa presented Iger with The Mercury Award, created by The Franklin Mint. The event raised more than $5 million to benefit hospital construction, which will be completed for the fall opening of the medical center.
A red carpet greeted the approximately 1,000 guests, who included celebrities, top executives, major donors, government officials and faculty. Guests toured the ground floor of the new medical center, with its interactive “Welcome Wall” and grand corridors, and dined with friends and colleagues in a lavish tented area in front of the hospital’s main entrance. Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures Corporation, and Jim Wiatt, CEO of The William Morris Agency, chaired the event. Along Came Mary Productions catered and produced the dinner gala, while Don Mischer Productions produced the program, which featured the musical talents of Grammy-winner Alicia Keys and the humor of Jimmy Kimmel as master of ceremonies.
“The Millennium Ball enables the School of Medicine and Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center—its teaching hospital—to maintain excellence in research, teaching, patient care and public service,” stated Dr. Gerald S. Levey, vice chancellor for medical sciences and dean of the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.


The Dr. Miriam and Sheldon G. Adelson Medical Research Foundation initiated the Adelson Program in Neural Repair and Rehabilitation (APNRR) with $7.5 million donated to collaborating researchers at 10 universities. Dr. Bruce H. Dobkin, in the Department of Neurology, which is chaired by Dr. John C. Mazziotta, serves as medical director for the APNRR and for UCLA’s Neurorehabilitation Program. Nine researchers in three UCLA departments received $2.73 million. The APNRR takes a unique approach to research funding by fostering collaborations across laboratories and institutions, the investigators will develop and transfer basic neuroscience discoveries into clinical trials to promote neural regeneration and adaptations that lessen the disabilities of patients with brain, spinal cord and peripheral nerve injuries and diseases.

The Annenberg Foundation completed its $2-million pledge to the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine, under the direction of Dr. Ka-Kit Hui, which included the Wallis Annenberg Endowed Chair in Integrative East-West Medicine. An additional $115,790 gift was used to create a healing environment within the new Westwood office. Also, a $500,000 payment was made toward the $2-million pledge for groundbreaking research in the Gambling Studies Program at the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. In addition, the Foundation directed $200,000 to the Division of Digestive Diseases, $100,000 to the Integrated Substance Abuse Programs and $100,000 to UCLA’s Tiverton House. 

Before his death last year, Milton Gottlieb, with his wife, Brindell, proposed the establishment of the Brindell and Milton Gottlieb Chair in Pediatric Ophthalmology with a $1-million pledge.

The Skirball Foundation has made a $900,000 gift to the Division of Digestive Diseases. Allocated by Dr. Gary Gitnick, these funds will underwrite basic science and clinical research in ulcerative colitis, Crohn’s disease and related conditions, with a focus on the work of the new chair holder in inflammatory bowel disease (IBD). 

Pursuant to the terms of a bequest from the Estate of George J. Miller, the Brain Research Institute (BRI) has established two endowed funds—the Joanne and George Miller and Family Endowed Chair Fund and the Joanne and George Miller and Family Endowed Program Fund.

In May 2006, Lynda and Stewart Resnick made a $1-million donation through the Resnick Family Foundation to honor Paul J. Vicari, a former business partner and good friend. The Paul J. Vicari Endowed Cataract Research Fund is an essential resource to underwrite investigations in cataract surgery and promote scientific breakthroughs in the field of ophthalmology at the Jules Stein Eye Institute. 

Ray Irani and Occidental Petroleum Corporation contributed $600,000 to complete a pledge to the Division of Digestive Diseases, to be used at the discretion of division chief Dr. Gary Gitnick. 

The Sidell-Kagan Foundation has made significant cash contributions in the past years to support the Katherine and Benjamin Kagan Alzheimer’s Disease Treatment Fund, including most recently a $400,000 gift and a $108,800 pledge payment. These resources will further the investigations of Dr. Jeffrey Cummings and his colleagues in the Department of Neurology.

Mrs. Caroline Singleton finalized a $1-million contribution to endow the Henry E. Singleton Chair in Urology in memory of her late husband. This gift will support the Department of Urology as the faculty continues to pioneer new methods of delivering care and making treatment less invasive, more effective and less costly.

Maxine and Eugene Rosenfeld have made a $1-million pledge, through the Gene and Maxine Rosenfeld Family Foundation, to support the current needs of the Simulation Center, under the direction of Dr. Randolph Steadman. This gift enhances the school’s goal of educating young physicians in the art and practice of medicine through such tools as the human-patient simulator, which has realistic organ and circulatory systems and can “talk.” 

Suzanne and Michael Tennenbaum made their final payment in fulfillment of a $1-million pledge to the Jane and Terry Semel Institute for Neuroscience and Human Behavior at UCLA. Shortly thereafter, they made an additional commitment of $800,000 in support of the Tennenbaum Family Interdisciplinary Center for Initiatives in Brain Research.

In Memoriam

Milton Gottlieb
, who died on February 15, 2006, was a retired real estate developer and had been a loyal donor to UCLA for more than 40 years. He and his wife, Brindell, who earned her B.A. degree and teaching credential at UCLA, were devoted to UCLA basketball, a long tradition she continues. 

Diana Gordon Jonsson, who along with her husband, Kenneth, was instrumental in establishing the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) in the early 1970s, died on April 28, 2006, at age 76. She and Kenneth Jonsson married in 1952, and they lived in Dallas before settling in Pacific Palisades in 1959. In the 1960s, they began supporting UCLA’s cancer research program, after responding to a fund-raising letter. 

George A. Smith, 70, died from cancer on November 3, 2005. He was chairman and founder of George Smith Partners, Inc., which financed commercial developments, and was a widely sought speaker on industry affairs. He and his wife, Pamela, led in establishing and funding the A-T Medical Research Foundation, a major philanthropy for research on ataxia-telangiectasia, a degenerative disorder that causes premature aging. Their daughter, Rebecca Smith, valiantly fought the disease. She died from complications of leukemia on January 22, 2006, at age 27. Dr. Richard Gatti holds the Rebecca Smith Chair in A-T Research, created through Mr. and Mrs. Smith’s generosity and that of family and friends.

U.S. District Court Judge William Matthew Byrne Jr. died on January 12, 2006. He was a founding member of the JSEI Board of Trustees, appointed by Dr. Jules Stein in 1977. Judge Byrne, the youngest judge ever appointed to the federal bench, was best known for his role in ending the trial of Pentagon Papers defendant Daniel Ellsberg, after disclosing government misconduct in the case.

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