Tuesday, May 6th, 2008 (Beverly Hills, CA) – Lupus LA’s 2008 Orange Ball brought out a bevy of stars last Thursday in an effort to spread awareness and raise much-needed funds for the fight against lupus. Event hosts Bruno Tonioli and Terri Seymour led the evening which honored famed Hollywood producer Lauren Shuler Donner and her husband, director Richard Donner. Dakota Fanning and Paula Abdul also made appearances to show their support as two of the evening’s special guests while Andrea Fiuczynski led a live auction to raise funds for the foundation.
After an amazing four song set of some of his most famous songs, Seal was presented with a medical grant in his name from the Lupus Research Institute. The medical grant, one of many that will be given out this year, was for $300,000.
Dedicated to supporting innovative science in lupus, Lupus LA uses the power of Hollywood and the strength of its committee to fulfill the mission of the organization. The 2008 Orange Ball fundraising event proved a huge success with over $800,000 raised.
Celebrities and VIP’s in attendance included Alli Hillis, Bruno Tonioli, Dakota Fanning, Dr. Daniel J. Wallace, Jeremy Renner, Justin Torkildsen, Kate Flannery, Kellie Martin, Kelly Hu, Lauren Shuler Donner, Lisa Gastineau, Mercedes Yvette, Parminder Nagra, Paula Abdul, Phill Lewis, Seal, Stacy Keibler, Terri Seymour, and Whitney Port among many others.
Systemic lupus erythematosus (SLE) or lupus, one of the nation’s least recognized major diseases, is a chronic and potentially fatal autoimmune disorder that affects more than 1.5 million Americans, primarily women in their childbearing years. In lupus, the body’s immune system forms antibodies that can attack virtually any healthy organ or tissue, from the kidneys to the brain, heart, lungs, skin, joints and blood. No new treatments for lupus have been approved in almost 50 years and many currently used treatments are as toxic as the disease itself. Lupus is a leading cause of premature cardiovascular disease, kidney disease and stroke among young women.
Lupus LA was founded in Los Angeles in 2000 by Daniel Wallace, M.D., renowned physician/author and Attending Physician in the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.
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