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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Odyssey Ball Raises Nearly $500,000 For JWCI’s Cancer Research

Kate Flannery was the emcee for the 33rd edition of the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s (JWCI) Odyssey Ball, held at Malibu Ranch for the first time. Photo by Vince Bucci

Posted: Monday, June 18, 2018 – 12:36 PM

The Calamigos Ranch in Malibu was the perfect rustic, outdoor setting for the John Wayne Cancer Institute to stage its 33rd annual Odyssey Ball last Saturday. The event, which was organized by Martha Harper and Shirley Lipstone, raised about $500,000 for cancer research, treatment, and education at the institute.

Kate Flannery of NBC-TV’s The Office, was the hilarious emcee. The prime honoree was Lewis Howes, a self-help guru and best-selling author, who received the group’s Generation of Hope Humanitarian Award from Anita Swift, John Wayne’s granddaughter and the retiring, long-term president of the JWCI Auxiliary.

Anita, who will be succeeded in her position by Martha Harper, honored the organization’s 14 past presidents with the Trailblazer Award for their efforts which have raised more than $20 million for the cause.

The western ranch venue was a terrific backdrop for the saloon games which preceded the dinner, awards and dancing. Scott Mauro Entertainment, Inc. once again produced the event of behalf of the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

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The 1980s supermodel-turned-actress Kelly Le Brock came by the Beverly Hills Women’s Club to help launch Safe Passage’s new “Time2Heal” initiative for all victims of abuse, bullying and violence.

Kelly first gained fame as the face of Pantene Shampoo commercials and later appeared in such hit feature films as The Woman In Red and Weird Science before leaving Hollywood behind to raise her three children on a farm outside Santa Barbara.

Other speakers and professionals shared their stories on the subject including Dr. Jay Faber, a brain specialist from Amen Clinic; actor CJ Valleroy; and actress/minister Lee Benton.

 

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