ABC's Honor Ann-Marget, Robert Wagner & Bill and Roseann Patterson at 24th Talk of the Town Gala

ABC's President, Glorida Gebbia; Honorees, Robert Wagner; Ann-Margret; Roseann and Bill Patterson and JWCI Chairman, Patrick Wayne
ABC's President, Glorida Gebbia; Honorees, Robert Wagner; Ann-Margret; Roseann and Bill Patterson and JWCI Chairman, Patrick Wayne





R&B Legends the O’Jays Performed; Actress, Comedian Kym Whitley Emceed

Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, (ABCs), hosted its 24th annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013.  The gala raised funds for breast and prostate cancer research at John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) at Saint John’s Health Center. Actress Ann-Margret received the Spirit of Entertainment Award, actor Robert Wagner was honored with the Spirit of Hollywood Award and business leaders and community advocates Bill and Roseann Patterson were recipients of the Spirit of Hope Award. ABCs President Gloria Gebbia and First Vice President Sheri Rosenblum co-chaired the event, which featured entertainment from award-winning R&B legends the O’Jays. Actress and comedian Kym Whitley emceed. The gala featured a luxury boutique and silent and live auctions.     


“Each of our honorees has been affected by cancer and are extraordinary role models and dedicated supporters of cancer research,” said Gloria Gebbia, President of the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies. “We are committed to raising awareness and support for our mission to achieve a cure for breast and prostate cancer through the innovative research being conducted at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.” 


“The generous support provided by the ABCs has been instrumental in advancing the Institute’s breast and prostate cancer research that has fundamentally changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world,” said Patrick Wayne, Chairman of the Board at the John Wayne Cancer Institute.  “Our physicians and scientists are at the forefront of groundbreaking cancer research, which would not be possible without the philanthropic efforts of the ABCs and our honorees – we are truly grateful to them.”


Patrick Wayne presented the Spirit of Entertainment Award to Ann-Margret, who starred with his father John Wayne in The Train Robbers.  An accomplished entertainer, Ann-Margret has been nominated twice for an Academy Award, won five Golden Globe Awards and an Emmy, and received a total of six Emmy nominations. She is a three-time winner of the “Female Star of the Year” by the Theatre Owners of America and was voted “Song and Dance Star of the Year.” Ann-Margret was nominated for a Grammy for her CD “God is Love: The Gospel Sessions” and has just released her second gospel album. Her autobiography, My Story, reached the New York Times Best Seller List a week after publication.  As a young girl, Ann-Margret was discovered by the legendary George Burns and went on to make over fifty-two films including such hits as Tommy, Carnal Knowledge, Bye Bye Birdie, Viva Las Vegas, Any Given Sunday, Cincinnati Kid and Grumpy Old Men. She has also appeared in many of her own television specials and has performed at the White House and for the King and Queen of Sweden.   Ann-Margret is the national chairperson for the Myasthenia Gravis Division of the Muscular Dystrophy Association.


Michael Wayne, grandson of John Wayne, and Sister Maureen Craig,  Saint John’s Health Center Foundation chaplain, presented the Spirit of Hollywood Award to Robert Wagner.  Wagner has had a career highlighted by three hit television series and an impressive portfolio of movies for film and television.  He is also a best-selling author.  Wagner appeared on the big screen in all three of the Austin Powers films, starring Mike Meyers. In 1996, Wagner returned to primetime television as star and producer, reprising his role of Jonathan Hart in three Hart to Hart special presentations. Previously, he had produced five two-hour Hart to Hart movies for NBC-TV.   Currently, Wagner is a reoccurring guest star on the CBS-TV hit series NCIS. In 2008, his memoir, Pieces of My Heart, debuted at No. 3 on the New York Times Bestseller List. The book provides an inside look at his life and career – from his days as a teen caddying for Clark Gable to his friendships with some of the biggest Hollywood names of our time. Additionally, he toured the U.S. with his wife, Jill St. John, where he broke house records starring on stage in A.R. Gurney’s play, Love Letters.


Bill and Roseann Patterson were presented the Spirit of Hope Award by last year’s 2012 Spirit of Hope Award honorees, Donald and Shelly Sterling. In 1967, Bill founded Patterson Life Insurance Brokerage firm in Los Angeles and is a life and qualifying member the Top of the Table of the Million Dollar Round Table, an exclusive forum for the world's most successful life insurance and financial services professionals. He is also a member of the National Association of Financial and Insurance Advisors and is president of the Los Angeles chapter.


For over 20 years, chiropractor and nutritionist Dr. Roseann Dembeck Patterson has specialized in personalized lifestyle medicine at her practice in Santa Monica.  She is a recipient of the California Chiropractic Association’s 24th Doctor of the Year Award, served as Chairman of the Key Doctor Program for the California Chiropractic Association and was instrumental in the passage of the Scoliosis Screening Bill in California.  Roseann hosted her own television show and has been featured on radio and television as an expert nutritionist on achieving optimum health.  She is a long-time member of the ABCs.  The Pattersons are members of the Safari Club International and the Wine & Food Trails Travel Club. They reside in Marina del Rey and enjoy traveling and spending time with their son David (23) and Bill’s five daughters.


About the ABCs

The ABCs was formed 24 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. These individuals wanted to devote all their charitable efforts and resources to eradicating cancer and unanimously chose to support progressive and innovative breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI). Today, the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies are over 150 members strong and growing. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at JWCI, and since 1990, have raised over $14 million. For more information, please visit www.abcjw.com.


About JWCI

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 dedicated physicians and scientists at the John Wayne Cancer Institute (JWCI) 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 JWCI 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, JWCI provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere.  For more information, please visit www.jwci.org.

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Contact:           Pam Giangregorio
                        Katy Sweet & Associates Public Relations
                         (310) 479-2333 / Pam@KatySweetPR.com


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