An elegant ballroom...Spirited company...The host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous...What more could you ask for on a Saturday night!?!
This past Saturday, October 21st, 250 friends of the International Myeloma Foundation gathered for the IMF's 16th Annual Gala at the beautiful Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Elegantly dressed revelers enjoyed a cocktail hour of visiting with old friends and making new ones, all the while vigorously bidding on the fantastic items in the evening's silent auction.
When the doors for dinner opened, Robin Leach, host of Lifestyles of the Rich and Famous, and a good friend of the IMF, was there to greet everyone. Mr. Leach set the festive tone, and introduced the primary focus of the celebration—the successes of the IMF's Bank On A Cure® research initiative, and the dedicated team of scientists behind these successes.
From the Bank On A Cure research team, Dr. Hervé Avet-Loiseau, Dr. Dalsu Baris, Dr. Hartmut Goldschmidt, Dr. Antje Hoering, Dr. Gareth Morgan, and Dr. Brian Van Ness were on hand to receive their awards from Dr. Brian G.M. Durie, the IMF's Chairman of the Board, and Dr. Robert Kyle, Chairman of the IMF Scientific Advisory Board. Each of the honorees spoke eloquently about what Bank On A Cure and their work with the IMF means to them as crusaders fighting myeloma.
Also honored on Saturday night was Dr. Jerome Zeldis, who received the IMF Visionary Award. As Chief Medical Officer of Celgene Corporation, Dr. Zeldis has been a champion of Bank On A Cure since the very beginning, and has supported the initiative's collaborative research efforts in a multitude of ways. In addressing the gala's crowd, Dr. Zeldis spoke passionately about his devotion to developing drugs and improving treatments for myeloma patients.
All of the evening's guests were called upon to participate when Mr. Leach spearheaded the gala's live auction. Enthusiastic bidders won terrific trips, once-in-a-lifetime experiences, and two lovable puppies—both of them posing adoringly for the crowd.
The gala was also the culmination of the IMF's opportunity drawing, with all proceeds funding Bank On A Cure. Ronny Mosston, Senior Director, Patient Advocacy with Millennium Pharmaceuticals, was the lucky winner, and will soon be off on a first-rate trip to Barcelona, Spain.
Dessert was served (and devoured), but no one wanted to leave. The band, Ric Howard Music, kept playing, and guests kept dancing. It was a wonderful night.
The IMF thanks the 16th Annual Gala's generous sponsors, especially our Presenting Sponsors, Celgene Corporation and Millennium Pharmaceuticals.
View video honoring Dr. Jerome Zeldis.
View video honoring the Bank On A Cure®research team.
All photographs by John Reiff Williams.