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Stand Up for a Cure

November 7, 2010

The Eighth Annual Stand Up for a Cure event, presented by Marion and Bob Wilson & The Fish Market Restaurants, was held on November 7, 2010 at Petersen Automotive Museum in Los Angeles.  Approximately 180 guests enjoyed a night of fun and laughter.  Cochairs Paula and Tom Wilson and a fabulous Stand Up Committee planned the evening’s festivities from emcee "Motorman" Leon Kaplan of TalkRadio 790 KABC and entertainment by comedian Dante from NBC's Last Comic Standing to a silent and live auction that added a little audience participation to benefit the amazing research!

Cycle of Discovery awards were presented to recognize cumulative gifts from generous donors.   Marion and Robert Wilson and The Mary Farrell and Stuart Bloomberg Family received Hypothesis Awards, and Carolyn and John Couts and Steve Martini representing Cure Diabetes Now received the Query award. 

The DRI’s Dr. Alice Tomei spoke enthusiastically about her work in encapsulating islet cells and using a protein that occurs in tumors to turn off the autoimmune response in diabetes.  In response, Stu Bloomberg led the appeal asking the audience to help fund the cure-focused research of the DRI. 

The following were presented with unique plaques to demonstrate appreciation for their sponsorship of the event, which raised over $160,000:

Presenting Sponsor:
   Marion and Bob Wilson & The Fish Market Restaurants

Stand Up Sponsors:
   Mary Farrell and Stu Bloomberg
   Union Bank
   Paula and Tom Wilson

Laugh Sponsors:
   Linda and Doug Boyd
   Lisa and Derek Brewart
   Carol & James Collins
   The Inserra Family

Stand Up for a Cure featured exotic cars at the Petersen Automotive Museum

Bottom row: Presenting Sponsors Marion and Robert Wilson; Top row: Cochairs and Stand Up Sponsors Paula and Tom Wilson with Deborah Chodrow, Chief Operating Officer of the DRI Founation

Stand Up Sponsors Mary Farrell and Stu Bloomberg

Charles Wilmot, representing Stand Up Sponsor Union Bank, with Maureen Wilmot

Laugh Sponsors Linda and Doug Boyd

Paula and Tom Wilson with Laugh Sponsors Derek and Lisa Brewart

Paula and Tom Wilson with Laugh Sponsors James and Carol Collins

Carolyn and John Couts with daughter Kristina

Laugh Sponsor Lindsey Inserra and friends

Allison and Steve Martini

Dr. Alice A. Tomei, Gary Kleiman, Executive Director Medical Development and Aimee Siegel-Harris of the Diabetes Research Institute

Master of Ceremonies "Motorman" Leon Kaplan of Talk Radio 790 KABC

Michelle Fourney, speaking about her best hope for a cure

Hope Bolois, with Barbara and Arnold Grossman

Linda and Dave DiTomaso, grand prizewinner of a trip to Miami and tour of the Diabetes Research Institute

Paula Wilson with Lorie Dolce and Edwin Chua

Bottom row: Terry Bennet, Paula Wilson, Diane Stanton; Top row: Greg Stanton, Todd Stanton, Tom Wilson



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