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Gala Attracts $1.26 Million in Community Support
for Medical Education and Research

The spotlight shined at the 2013 UC Irvine Health School of Medicine Gala, “Creativity & Magic:  Discovering Tomorrow’s Medicine Today,” illuminating extraordinary events in teaching and discovery that are shaping the future of healthcare. Thanks to a generous and supportive community, the gala raised $1.26 million for innovative medical education programs and groundbreaking research. 

Nancy and Bill Thompson

Nancy and Bill Thompson

More than 530 people joined together in celebration of community and philanthropic leaders, faculty and students who are shaping the future of healthcare at the 2013 UC Irvine Health School of Medicine Gala, “Creativity & Magic: Discovering Tomorrow’s Medicine Today.

The gala, which was held April 6 in a magnificently decorated tent on the UC Irvine campus, raised $1.26 million to benefit innovative education programs and groundbreaking medical research at UC Irvine Health School of Medicine.

“The synergy between our university and a generous, compassionate Orange County community is transforming the future of health care,” Ralph V. Clayman, MD, Dean of the UC Irvine Health School of Medicine. “The 2013 gala celebrated two examples of this transformative relationship – recognizing visionary leaders who have been integral to creation of the Center for Autism and Neurodevelopmental Disorders of Southern California and debuting the future home of the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute, which has been funded entirely through philanthropic support.”

Gavin Herbert

Gavin Herbert

Dr. Clayman, the evening’s host, presented the Dean’s Leadership Award to retired PIMCO chief executive officer Bill Thompson and his wife, Nancy, for their philanthropic support of pioneering research and treatment for autism and related neurodevelopmental disorders. More than $400,000 from event proceeds were directed to autism treatment and research.

In tribute to the Thompsons, Derek Paravicini, an autistic, blind piano virtuoso performed the “Tiger Rag” and “Flight of the Bumble Bee”. Paravicini’s awe-inspiring performance celebrated triumph over the challenges that the Thompsons and the Gavin Herbert Eye Institute seek to eliminate.

Video: UC Irvine School of Medicine Gala Research

 

School of Medicine Dean Ralph Clayman and gala co-chair Elizabeth Tierney

School of Medicine Dean Ralph Clayman and gala co-chair Elizabeth Tierney

 

Gala co-chairs Tom & Elizabeth Tierney; Kelly and Jim Mazzo

Gala co-chairs Tom & Elizabeth Tierney; Kelly and Jim Mazzo

 

Roger Steinert, director of Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Roger Steinert, director of Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

 

Terry Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center

Terry Belmont, CEO of UC Irvine Medical Center

 

UC Irvine Gavin Herbert Eye Institute

Gavin Herbert Eye Institute lit up at night.


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