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Annual UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center SPARK Gala on April 26

SPARK Gala, hosted by University of California, San Diego Moores Cancer Center, will rally the region on Saturday, April 26 to help make the future brighter for patients with cancer.

SPARK Gala begins at 6:30 p.m. at the Hyatt Regency La Jolla at Aventine with a cocktail and wine-tasting reception, followed by dinner and performance by R&B singer and actress Heather Headley. An after-party with dancing will cap off the night.

Net proceeds from SPARK — the 33rd annual Moores Cancer Center Gala — will be designated to the Hospital for Cancer Care at Jacobs Medical Center (opening in 2016), the only cancer-dedicated hospital in the San Diego region. Proceeds will be matched, dollar for dollar, through the Challenge for Jacobs Medical Center. In addition, net proceeds of the gala will be matched, dollar for dollar, by Chancellor Pradeep K. Khosla and UC San Diego Health System to support patient care programs, clinical excellence and state-of-the-art research at Moores Cancer Center.

“Proceeds from SPARK will help us to achieve our goal of translating leading-edge research into innovative care for patients with cancer, both in our own region and across the nation,” Khosla said.

The new Hospital for Cancer Care, which will be situated on the same campus as Moores Cancer Center, will expand clinical care for patients with the addition of 108 inpatient beds.

“The Hospital for Cancer Care will be the centerpiece for the development of transformative therapies for our patients with every form of cancer and will enable us to provide them with access to a broad array of leading-edge treatments and world-class specialists all at one place,” said Scott Lippman, M.D., director of UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center. “It will strengthen our focus on developing therapies that are translated from research bench-to-bedside and back to help us achieve our goal of making personalized cancer care a reality in San Diego.”

Co-chairing the gala are Amy and Bill Koman; Magda Marquet, Ph.D.; and François Ferré, Ph.D. In addition, Joan and Irwin Jacobs — whose family made the original $75 million naming gift for Jacobs Medical Center— are the gala’s honorary chairs.

For more information about UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center, visit cancer.ucsd.edu.

Individual gala tickets are $500 and sponsorships are available. For details and reservations, visit sparkgala.org or call 858-534-6769.

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