Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, (ABCs), hosts its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Saturday, Nov. 18, 2017. Gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. ABCs president Gloria Gebbia is proud to announce that Patrick M. Byrne, founder, and CEO of will be honored with the Spirit of Hope Award and Entertainment Tonight’s co-anchor Nancy O’Dell will receive the Spirit of Entertainment Award. Singer/songwriter Bret Michaels will perform and actor Taye Diggs will emcee. Sheri Rosenblum is gala chair and Beverly Cohen is décor chair.
The ABCs was formed 28 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who wanted to devote all their charitable efforts and resources to eradicating cancer and unanimously chose to support progressive and innovative breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at the Institute, and since 1990, have raised more than $15 million. For information, please visit
Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere.
Expected to attend: Nancy O’Dell (ET, Co-Anchor), Patrick Byrne (founder & CEO,,Taye Diggs (Empire), Bret Michaels (singer/songwriter/musician), Nicole Murphy (model/actress/designer), Christine Evangelista (The Arrangement, Walking Dead), Donna Mills, Michelle Lee, Joan Van Ark, Mercedes Javid and Reza Farahan (Shahs of Sunset), JoAnna Pallante (The Best Thanksgiving Ever), Michael Wayne (grandson of John Wayne), Gloria Gebbia (President, ABCs), Marcel Loh (President & CEO, Providence Saint John’s Health Center and the John Wayne Cancer Institute) and more!