Award-winning actress Bonnie Hunt was presented the “True Grit” Humanitarian Award, and philanthropists Donna and Harvey Rosen were honored with “The Duke” Award at the 24th Annual Odyssey Ball, the yearly fundraising event that benefits the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Saint John’s Health Center, held recently at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The theme of this year’s black-tie gala was a return to the Supper Club and featured musical entertainment by Grammy® Award-winning vocalist extraordinaire Steve Tyrell, and a performance by Dancing With The Stars professional dancers Edyta Sliwinska and Alec Mazo. KTLA-TV’s Sam Rubin served as Master of Ceremonies. A special presentation was made to resident Donald L. Morton, MD, Chief, Melanoma Program and Director, Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The gala raised more than $1 million and the funds will be designated to establish the Donald L. Morton M.D., Endowed Chair in Surgical Oncology to support advanced research, treatment and care in the field of cancer medicine.
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