Arthritis Foundation Honors Comerica Bank at ‘Commitment To A Cure’ Awards Gala
LOS ANGELES, Oct. 29 /PRNewswire-FirstCall/ — The Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation will present the 21st “Commitment To A Cure” Awards Gala on Wednesday, November 19th, beginning at 5:30 p.m. at the Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills hotel. The highlight of the evening will be the presentation of the Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award.
“The Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award is the highest honor given by the Southern California Chapter of the Arthritis Foundation,” said Mitchell A. Jacobs, Chair of the Board. “It is presented to individuals who exemplify the leadership, commitment and dedication to humanitarian causes that Ms. Wyman herself demonstrated in the fight to find a cure for arthritis and related diseases. We congratulate and thank this year’s honorees, Morgan Rector of Comerica Bank, Joe Torre of the Los Angeles Dodgers, and Dr. Michael Weisman of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center for their outstanding contributions to our communities.”
Jane Wyman, who died in 2007, suffered with the pain of arthritis for many years. The award bearing her name was created in 1985. Arthritis is a devastating disease that affects 46 million Americans (1 in 5 adults), including almost 300,000 children. About half of the people affected are under age 65. Arthritis is the second most prevalent chronic disease among adults in America, and affects more adults than heart disease, cancer or diabetes. (1)
In addition to honoring the award recipients, the evening will include a cocktail reception, dinner, silent and live auctions, and entertainment by world-renowned performance artist Michael Israel. Audiences who have experienced Michael Israel’s live, fervently charged performance say that his painting is just one component of his artistic expression. Painting onstage, to heart-pounding music, Michael sometimes uses double fisted paint brushes or his hands, and spins the canvas around, mesmerizing viewers who can’t wait to see the completed painting. Israel was commissioned to paint a portrait of investor Warren Buffet, and has painted some of the world’s icons, including John Lennon, Muhammed Ali, Bono, Ray Charles and more. For charities, his performances raise awareness, goodwill, and funds to further the organization’s goals.
About the three recipients of the 2008 Jane Wyman Humanitarian Award:
Morgan Rector, President of the Comerica Entertainment Group, is a veteran of the production scene and one of the most respected names in independent film financing. During the past two decades, he has arranged the financing for more than 750 independent feature films. Comerica Entertainment Group is a leader in global entertainment finance, with clients ranging from independent film producers to film/television production and distribution companies. Recent notable films range from Oscar winner, “Crash,” to “Iron Man.” In 2004, Morgan was named Regional Manager for Comerica’s Los Angeles and Ventura County Wealth and Institutional Management groups, assuming responsibility for the area’s private banking, brokerage, trust and investment management staff. Born and raised in Carson, California, Morgan graduated from Harvard University with a degree in Economics, and received the Chartered Financial Analyst designation in 1990.
Joe Torre, Manager of the Los Angeles Dodgers, is a professional baseball legend, with an illustrious career as Major League Baseball player and manager. He became the eighth manager in the club’s history in November 2007. Torre was selected to play in the All-Star Game nine times during his career, and won the NL Most Valuable Player Award in 1971. As a manager, he has guided five different teams in Major Leagues, won over 2,000 games, and ranks eighth place in all-time wins. The Baseball Writers Association of America (BBWAA) and the Associated Press have twice named him Manager of the Year in recognition of his achievements. He is married to Ali, with whom he inaugurated the Joe Torre ‘Safe at Home(R) ‘ Foundation in 2002 to aid in the awareness and prevention of domestic violence.
Michael H. Weisman, MD, is Director of the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, Professor of Medicine at the UCLA David Geffen School of Medicine, and Professor Emeritus of Medicine at the UCSD School of Medicine. His academic and research interests involve the genetic risk, epidemiology, treatment and outcome of rheumatic diseases, including clinical trials, outcomes research and health services research and genetic susceptibility/severity studies of patients with chronic rheumatic disease. He currently is an investigator for National Institutes of Health-sponsored studies in systemic lupus erythematosus, osteoarthritis, ankylosing spondylitis and rheumatoid arthritis.
Dr. Weisman has published more than 200 peer-reviewed papers and four books. Born in Los Angeles, he attended medical school at the University of Chicago and completed his internship, residency and fellowship in rheumatology at UCSD School of Medicine.
About the Arthritis Foundation
Established in 1948, the Arthritis Foundation is the only national voluntary organization that works on behalf of people with all forms of arthritis. The Arthritis Foundation funds research to find cures and improve care, issues up-to-date information about arthritis and its treatment, offers exercise and self-help classes and sponsors support and education groups. For more information, please call (800) 954-2873 (CURE) or visit http://www.arthritis.org/.
About Comerica Bank
Comerica Bank is a subsidiary of Comerica Incorporated , a Dallas-based company strategically aligned into three major business segments: the Business Bank, the Retail Bank, and Wealth & Institutional Management. Comerica focuses on relationships and helping businesses and people be successful. In addition to Arizona and California, Comerica Bank locations can be found in Florida, Michigan and Texas, with select businesses operating in several other states, Canada, China and Mexico. To receive e-mail alerts of breaking Comerica news, go to http://www.comerica.com/newsalerts. For more information, go to http://www.comerica.com/.
(1) NCHS Vital & Health Statistics, Series 10, Number 235, December 2007.
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