Visionaries and revolutionaries in medicine, philanthropy, tech, education, art and entertainment gathered at the fourth Rebels With A Cause gala on October 24 at The Water Garden in Santa Monica. The intimate evening was held in support of the lifesaving research led by Dr. David B. Agus, MD, Founding Director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC (“Ellison Institute”). Larry Ellison, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Oracle, was the surprise honoree for the evening. Recognized for his generous support through the years, Ellison was celebrated with a standing ovation and the first-ever Rebels With A Cause Award, designed by Chopard.
Photo credit-Steve Cohn
Co-chaired by Lynne and Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce, Rebels with a Cause was emceed by Tony Award winner James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, while sixteen-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster returned as the gala’s Musical Director. Guests were delighted by an up-close magical act from David Blaine and musical performances by David Foster with Pia Toscano and none other than the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The gala was produced and designed by AOO Events with Don Mischer Productions producing the program and a seated dinner provided by Très LA.
Photos 1-7 courtesy of Steve Cohn. Photos 8-9 courtesy of Dave Merrell of AOO events.
Those who attended the gala and supported the Ellison Institute have helped to dramatically advance its research at this critical time by raising $12.1 million for the cause. Funds from the evening will go towards the Ellison Institute’s continued efforts to discover and enhance the most effective cancer treatments that will benefit patients who are in urgent need of new therapies.