Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs) hosts its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Saturday, Nov. 21, 2015.

The gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. Award-winning actress, producer and model Rene Russo will receive the Spirit of Entertainment Award. Pacific Heart Institute president Richard Wright, MD, will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award. The event features a special performance by Grammy Award winning artist Pat Benatar, and actor/comedian Anthony Anderson, hosts. Sheri Rosenblum is gala chair and Beverly Cohen is decor chair. The gala includes a luxury boutique and silent and live auction items.

The ABCs was formed 26 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists and is currently helmed by Gloria Gebbia. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, and since 1990, have raised more than $14 million. For more information, please visit

Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere.

Individual tickets, $400; sponsorship packages available. For further information, contact Grant Associates at (323) 904-4400.

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