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Medical Center Gala Raises $1 Million

* City of Hope National Medical Center’s Professions & Finance Associates 34th annual “Award of Hope” dinner held Nov. 23 at the Beverly Hilton raised more than $1 million for the hospital. More than 900 guests honored Bruce McNall, owner of the Los Angeles Kings. Half of the money was raised by the gala itself. McNall and his wife, Jane, donated a matching $500,000 in the name of Earvin (Magic) Johnson for AIDS research at City of Hope. John Candy was honorary dinner chairman; Barry S. Cohn was dinner chairman.

* Five Acres, an Altadena-based therapeutic treatment center serving neglected and abused children, raised $45,000 Oct. 28 at its annual Invitational Golf Classic at Oakmont Country Club in Glendale. Five Acres also received $8,000 from the Pasadena Police Department, proceeds of the second annual Police Officer Relay Run to San Diego held Oct. 25.

* Casa Colina Hospital in Pomona received $190,000 raised at a benefit luncheon Nov. 13 at the Four Seasons Hotel. Rogers Severson, a former spinal-cord injury patient at the hospital, hosted the event. Since 1987, Severson has raised more than $800,000 for patients whose insurance has expired.

* San Pedro Peninsula Hospital’s Oct. 26 “Mardi Gras Masquerade” at the Sheraton L.A. Harbor Hotel in San Pedro attracted more than 230 guests. The gala, sponsored by the Women’s Guild of the hospital, netted more than $70,000 to be used for state-of-the art equipment. Doris Booth was dinner chairwoman.

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* AltaMed Services Corp. received a grant of $100,000 Oct. 18 from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation. The funds will be used for AltaMed’s new Senior Health and Activity Center, the only facility in East Los Angeles to provide elderly Latinos with comprehensive medical and social services. The center will also serve as a research and teaching site for university faculty, students and community practitioners in the field of gerontology.


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