Music legend Natalie Cole and leaders in entertainment, politics, business and medicine will come together at Tower Cancer Research Foundation's (TCRF) Tower of Hope Gala on Wednesday, May 7, 2014 to honor Beverly Hills Vice-Mayor Julian A. Gold, M.D. and Randall (Randy) Katz, CEO of Milestone Entertainment.

The event will begin at 5:30 PM at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard in Beverly Hills, California. R&B music icon Maxine Nightingale will perform. Gold is the Co-Chairman of the Department of Anesthesiology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Katz is a TCRF Board member and Chair of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation Board.

The evening is designed to bring attention to and raise funding for TCRF, a boutique donor-directed cancer research foundation. TCRF seeks to accelerate the development of cancer treatments, improve patient access to new agents and methodologies, and provide support and educational programs for patients and their families.

Guests will learn how TCRF has been the Southern California cancer patient’s greatest ally since 1996. TCRF is known for its stellar reputation professionally vetting cancer research programs and maximizing the impact of donor-investors. The foundation, which is focused on Southern California, provides grants for clinical trials, innovative cancer research, caring patient support and community education.

In line with its mission to advance cancer research on every level, TCRF supports pioneering and talented physician scientists with awards of annual grants to those doing cutting edge bench-to-bedside lab research. TCRF’s patient support services include patient mentoring, cancer support groups, free workshops and support for caregivers. TCRF’s Free Cancer Information and Resource Telephone Help Line, staffed by professional social workers, is designed to help cancer patients and their families cope with the complexities and challenges of a cancer diagnosis and cancer treatment.

TCRF’s demonstrated commitment to both the Southern California community and to nurturing local cancer research talent inspired Gold and Katz to step forward as this year’s honorees. For tickets, contact (310) 288-1755 or visit www.towercancer.org.

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