Posted: Friday, October 13, 2017 – 5:44 PM
At The Thalians “10th Anniversary Backyard Bash,” the charity presented a $250,000 check to its prime beneficiary UCLA’s Operation Mend, which provides mental health services to wounded war veterans.
Held in the home of Operation Mend Founder Ron Katz, MSNBC host/author Willie Geist served as emcee. Entertainment was provided by The Operation Mend All Star Band, with special guest singer Billy Idol.
Attending the event were, front (from left): Thalian officers and boardmembers: Kira Lorsch, Barbara Cohen-Wolfe, Ruta Lee, and Stephanie J. Hibler. Back (from left): Shivetti Melton; LCpl. Jose Texidor; Todd Katz, secretary of Katz Family Foundation; SPC Joey Paul; Dr. Thomas Strouse, medical director of UCLA’s Operation Mend; Thalians Boardmembers Larry Wolfe and Frank Sheftel; Dana Katz, Operation Mend director; Cpl Aaron Mankin and host Ron Katz.