WesternU Readies for 24th Annual "Tribute to Caring" Gala

Beverly Hills, Calif. - 10/28/2004 -- Western University of Health Sciences will celebrate the 24th annual "A Tribute to Caring" gala on Saturday, November 13, at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The gala is held each year to benefit excellence in education and scholarship.

The university presents three awards to persons who best represent the humanistic philosophy of the university.

The "Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award" will be presented to The Los Angeles Times. Going beyond its journalistic excellence, The Times is committed to being a responsible and caring corporate citizen. In 2004, Times-sponsored campaigns raised nearly $8 million for youth and health care programs throughout the county.

Renowned talk show host, motivational speaker and philanthropist Montel Williams will be honored with the "Media Award for Advancement in Health and Humanism." A daytime Emmy-award winner as well as a philanthropist, Montel Williams faced his most challenging obstacle with the announcement of his diagnosis with multiple sclerosis in 1999. As a result of this, Montel was inspired to create the Montel Williams M.S. foundation to raise funds for M.S. research. Montel is committed to promoting awareness, raising funds for research and providing inspiration to those who have M.S.

The "Corporate Award for Excellence in Health Care" will be presented to Banfield, the Pet Hospital. This award recognizes organizations that are actively advancing the quality and availability of health care in the communities they serve. Since its start in Portland, Oregon in 1955, Banfield has grown to become the nation¿s largest private veterinary practice with nearly 400 full-service hospitals across the country. It remains known for its innovative and caring approaches to veterinary health care.

Television and radio personality Stephanie Edwards -- probably best known as co-host of KTLA's annual coverage of the Rose Parade -- will once again host the evening.

Over 400 guests are expected to attend the evening event at the Beverly Hills Hotel, Crystal Ballroom.

Tickets for the event are $300 per person. For more information and to purchase tickets, please contact Special Events at (909) 469-5439.

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