The ALS Association - GoldenWest Chapter
ONE STARRY NIGHT: From Broadway to Hollywood
A Special Performance Dedicated to Conquering ALS
The ALS Association Golden West Chapter cordially invites you to a special performance dedicated to conquering ALS. Co-Producers Juliana Hansen, Melissa Verdugo, Jonathan White, and Patrick McMinn will present The 2015 Gala – ONE STARRY NIGHT, a one-night only-benefit performance held on Monday, April 20, 2015, at the historic Pasadena Playhouse. The evening will also include a silent auction and VIP post-show meet-and-greet. Proceeds will provide critical funding for The ALS Association Golden West Chapter’s mission priorities in care services, public policy, and cutting-edge global research toward treatments and cure for ALS.
The Golden West Chapter is proud to recognize the following honorees for outstanding achievements in the fight against ALS:
The Spotlight Award is presented to individuals and companies who help to raise ALS awareness by educating the public about the experience of living with ALS and the impact the disease has on loved ones and caregivers. The Golden West Chapter proudly presents this year’s Spotlight Award to the filmmakers of the Academy Award-winning film, “The Theory of Everything.” The movie, its cast and crew, the companies behind its production, and its real-life subjects – the Hawking family – have inspired the ALS community.
The Spirit Award is presented to individuals who have displayed extraordinary determination while living with ALS. Richard Glatzer, who recently lost his battle with ALS, along with his husband Wash Westmoreland, adapted and directed, “Still Alice,” earning Julianne Moore a 2015 Academy Award. Shortly before receiving the green light to begin production on the film, Richard was diagnosed with ALS, yet both he and Wash persevered to complete their work on this acclaimed project. As a part of the Spirit Award’s presentation and tribute to Richard and Wash, we are pleased to have Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winner Ed Asner and George Newbern (ABC’s “Scandal”) performing an excerpt from “Tuesdays with Morrie.”
In addition, the Golden West Chapter will celebrate Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for having earned the distinguished designation as an ALS Association Certified Treatment Center of Excellence. Cedars-Sinai Medical Center is the only Certified Treatment Center of Excellence in southern California, and a flagship program in the country. Academy Award-winning actress Renee Zellweger will participate in presenting the Cedars’ team with a plaque recognizing this outstanding achievement and Cedar’s commitment to ALS care and the search for an effective treatment and cure.
6:30 p.m. – Cocktail Reception at redwhite+bluezz; Silent Auction
8:00 p.m. – Showtime
10:30 p.m. – After Show Reception
The Pasadena Playhouse, 39 S. El Molino Ave, Pasadena, 91101
Tickets and Sponsorships
Amyotrophic lateral sclerosis (ALS), often referred to as "Lou Gehrig's Disease", is a progressive, neurodegenerative disease that affects nerve cells in the brain and the spinal cord. People with ALS lose the ability to walk, talk, speak, swallow and eventually to breathe, while their five senses and, in most cases, their minds continue to function normally. The average life expectancy of a person with ALS is two to five years from time of diagnosis. However, with recent advances in research and improved access to medical care, people with ALS are living longer, more productive lives.
The ALS Association and the Golden West Chapter
The mission of the ALS Association is to lead the fight to treat and cure ALS through global research and nationwide advocacy while also empowering people with Lou Gehrig’s Disease and their families to live fuller lives by providing them with compassionate care and support. The Golden West Chapter currently serves people with ALS and their families in 31 counties throughout California and the state of Hawaii. Proceeds from this event will provide critical funding for The Golden West Chapter’s interdependent mission priorities in care services (which includes regional care management, support groups, loans of durable medical equipment and augmentative communication devices, community outreach and education, and multidisciplinary clinical care); global cutting-edge research for treatments and cures; and important state and federal public policy initiatives.