The UCLA Head and Neck Surgery department proudly celebrated its Luminary Awards Wednesday night. Hosted by entertainment legend Wayne Newton, there was definitely much to be proud of at this star-studded inaugural gala that featured special performances by Grammy-award artists Celine Dion and John Mayer.
Held at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills, the event honored Mayer, as well as Dianne and James Basor and Ann and Jerry Moss. Mayer was presented with the 'UCLA Luminary Award' by Dr. Gerald Berke. During his acceptance speech Mayer spoke of the signifiance Dr.Berke had on the health of his voice.
Additional celebrity guests included Teri Hatcher, Karina Smirnoff, Ali Fedotowsky, among others. Hatcher says she came out to show her support and gratitude for the doctors that have had a personal affect on her. “I have personal doctors at the UCLA Head and Neck department that have been in my life and offered me a lot of help when I needed it,” said Hatcher.
Throughout the evening there were many tributes paid to the work of the UCLA Head and Neck Surgery department, including a heartfelt thank you from Dion who ended the night with powerful performances of some of her biggest hits. The music icon received a standing ovation when she closed her set with “My Heart Will Go On.”
After last night, it was obvious that many lives have gone on thanks to the work of the UCLA Department of Head and Neck Surgery.
Proceeds from the gala will benefit the department at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.