The Cedars-Sinai Board of Governors 50th Anniversary Celebration honoring 2021 Walter Payton NFL Man of the Year and Los Angeles Rams LVI Super Bowl Champion Andrew Whitworth was held on Sunday, August 7 at the SoFi Stadium in Inglewood.
“It was so exciting to be back at SoFi Stadium, and I’m so honored to have received the Visionary Award from the Board of Governors,” Whitworth said after taking the stage.
The evening included a family football field experience by the Los Angeles Rams, followed by dinner, a presentation of the winners, a live auction and a performance by global superstar Nick Jonas , GRAMMY nominated and multi-platinum.
“The support from Cedars-Sinai is second to none and the care they provide to families and the support system. … It just means a lot to those of us who have been through tough times to know that there are people who care about us and who show up and do a great job,” Jonas said. “So thank you all, thank you. When they asked me to come and play after three and a half months there, you know, I immediately said yes; it’s the least I can do.
Sponsored by the Los Angeles Rams and City National Bank, the event celebrated the Board of Governors’ 50-year legacy of supporting Cedars-Sinai’s clinical programs, research and community outreach.
“Tonight’s event just shows the Board of Governors’ commitment and dedication to supporting Cedars-Sinai’s mission, and we are thrilled with the outpouring of generosity,” said Board Chairman David Sadkin.
The event raised $2.2 million to benefit the Board of Governors Innovation Center, a new, state-of-the-art collaborative space that brings together researchers and clinicians from Cedars-Sinai to develop protocols and therapies for accurate early detection to improve health outcomes for patients with a variety of the most challenging diseases.
“We are thrilled to honor the legacy of the Cedars-Sinai Board of Directors. For 50 years, this network of leaders has been instrumental in the growth, advancement and continued innovation of care for the benefit of all Cedars-Sinai patients,” said Thomas M. Prizelac, President and Chief Executive Officer. Cedars-Sinai management.
At the event, the Cedars-Sinai Legend Award was presented to past and current leaders of the Board of Directors for their service to Cedars-Sinai and the 50 years of medical advances made possible by their dedication and leadership.
Honorees included former presidents John Bendheim, John Coleman, Maxine Dunitz, Ruth Dunn, Aaron Eshman, Chet Firestein, Steve Hitter, Rick Powell, Richard Sinaiko, Leslie Spivak and Jeffrey Tamkin, as well as current president Sadkin.
Richard Weitz served as honorary event chair, with Liz Gottainer and Danny Zoller serving as event co-chairs.
To learn more about the Board of Governors Innovation Center, contact the BOG office at [email protected] for more information.