Los Angeles, CA - Entertainment Industry Icon Wayne Newton and his wife Kathleen received the 2004 Loop Award presented by their good friends Marla and Bud Paxson at Lupus LA’s fourth annual “An Evening of Love, Light & Laughter.” The October 8th event, which was co-chaired by Carrie and Bernie Brillstein, Marla and Bud Paxson and Gretchen Wayne, was held at The Beverly Hills Hotel. In excess of $350,000 was raised for the Lupus Research Institute for lupus research. Sabrina’s Melissa Joan Hart received the Michael Wayne Public Service Award, which was presented by his widow and event co-chair, Gretchen Wayne. Comedian Paul Rodriguez entertained the audience along with recording artist Bonnie McKee. Craig Kilborn spoke about his friend Wayne Newton and Suzanne Whang served as MC.
Other Honorees included Lupus LA founding committee member and advocate Dorothy Ellis, who was introduced by writer/director David Zucker. UCLA’s Deborah McCurdy MD received the Medical Visionary Award from Lupus LA founder, Daniel J. Wallace, MD. Carrie and Bernie Brillstein presented the Champions of Humanity award to their longtime friends, Beverly Sassoon and the paper company, Avery/Dennison's Philip Neal. Waterfall Film’s Adam Selkowitz produced the event.
This evening brought together the entertainment, business and medical communities. The guest list included: Brittany Murphy, Ryan O’Neal, Andrea Roth (Rescue Me), Shondrella Avery (Napoleon Dynamite), Julie Benz (Angel), Howie D (Backstreet Boys), Craig Kilborn, Jim Gianopulos (Fox, Chairman), Frankie Avalon (Grease), Patrika Darbo (Days of Our Lives), Dayna Devon (Extra), Scott Grimes (ER), Taraji P. Henson (Hair Show), Kerr Smith (Dawson’s Creek, Charmed), Suzanne Whang (HGTV’s House Hunters), KaDee Strickland (Anacondas, The Grudge), Alex Yemenidjian, Sally Struthers (Gilmore Girls) and Kellie Martin (ER, Law & Order SVU).
Lupus LA was formed five years ago by Daniel J. Wallace MD, one of the country’s prominent Lupus specialists, to raise funds for Lupus research through the Lupus Research Institute.