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On March 8, 2012, the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery hosted a donor cultivation event at Napa Valley Grille, featuring Dr. Nina Shapiro, author of Take a Deep Breath, where she addressed breathing issues for children and discussed her research on choking hazards and post-transplant lymphoma. She hopes to use her findings to recruit a national panel of pediatric experts. Guests were welcomed by Dr. Gerald Berke, department chairman, and Dr. Elliot Abemayor, vice chair. Also on hand were Dr. Ronald Busuttil, executive chairman, Department of Surgery, and Dr. Irwin Harris, emeritus professor, Department of Head and Neck Surgery.

J.R. DeLang and Dr. Sherin Devaskar

J.R. DeLang (left), co-chair of the Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Board of Directors, and Dr. Sherin Devaskar, physician in chief of Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, proudly show off the Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament check. The Seventh Annual No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at Fox Studios raised more than $180,000. Photo: Don Ponturo

Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA Board Co-Chair J.R. DeLang hosted the Seventh Annual No-Limit Texas Hold'em Poker Tournament at Fox Studios on March 31, 2012. The event raised more than $180,000. In addition to participating in the tournament and a silent auction, guests were treated to fabulous food, a golf activity and NCAA Final Four game-viewing on a big screen. Since its inception in 2006, the event has generated more than $1.2 million to benefit the hospital's highest-priority programs and innovative research projects.

On April 3, 2012, Dr. Gary Small, director of the UCLA Longevity Center, hosted a luncheon and presentation on memory health and successful aging with presentations by Drs. Helen Lavretsky, David Merrill and Karen Miller. All major donors were invited, and attendees each received a copy of Dr. Small's new book The Alzheimer's Prevention Program: Keep Your Brain Healthy for the Rest of Your Life.

Dr. Neil A. Martin, chairman and W. Eugene Stern Professor in Neurosurgery, presented "The Next Frontier of Personalized Brain Medicine" on June 5, 2012, at the Dr. S. Jerome and Judith D. Tamkin Auditorium in Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center. He gave an inside look at new paradigms in neurosurgical therapies, focusing on how genomics, neurobionics and re-engineered clinical care provide new frontiers in neurological repair. The initiative to raise $25 million for the Global Neurosurgery Institute - to open in 2014 in the Edie and Lew Wasserman Building -also was publicly announced with a virtual tour of the new facility.

The 13th Annual Mattel Party on the Pier, benefiting Mattel Children's Hospital UCLA, will be held on Sunday, October 21, 2012, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Pacific Park on the Santa Monica Pier. Highlights include rides, carnival games, a silent auction, celebrity appearances and a VIP tent for major sponsors. Last year's event was one of the most successful to date, generating more than $630,000. To become a 2012 sponsor or purchase tickets, visit:


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