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St. Jude to host O.C. gala fundraiser

Supporters to gather at St. Regis Monarch Beach for 10th anniversary gala

by Caitlin AdamsPublished: November 01, 2012 01:45 PM

The Orange County Friends of St. Jude will gather at the St. Regis Monarch Beach in Dana Point this weekend to support St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. More than 300 guests are expected at the event on Nov. 3, which will feature fine dining, dancing and live entertainment.

The event marks the 10th anniversary gala and the 50-year anniversary for St. Jude, founded by the late entertainer Danny Thomas with the aim of bringing together top researchers and doctors from around the world to find a cure for cancer and other deadly diseases.

“At St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital, we are doing everything we can for children with cancer and other deadly diseases, so that they can survive to enjoy all the moments that make life special,” said Richard Shadyac Jr., CEO of ALSAC/St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital. “The decade-long support from the Orange County Friends of St. Jude helps make it possible for us to continue our pioneering research and exceptional care that are saving children’s lives – all the while providing peace of mind to their parents, who never have to pay St. Jude for anything.”

Guests at the fundraiser gala will be entertained with live music from Kingston Technology’s John Tu and his 30-piece band, California Dreamin’ and can bid on silent and live auctions, featuring items including a Fiji vacation, designer products, and a gift package that includes a personal tour led by Jay Leno of his private automobile collection and garages, a gourmet meal, and four tickets to a live taping of the Tonight Show.

St. Jude is a not-for-profit organization providing care and treatment for childhood diseases while researching cures for pediatric cancer. The hospital does not charge families for their children’s treatment.

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