The Friends of Semel Institute and the
Resnick Neuropsychiatric Hospital Advisory Board event.
Over 400 guests of UCLA’s Friends of the Semel Institute and the Resnick Neuropsychiatric Board of Advisors gathered at the majestic event space, Vibiana, in support of psychiatric research and clinical care at UCLA. The event raised over $400,000 for the Nexus Scholarship Award that supports elite clinician/research neuroscientists in UCLA’s M.D., Ph.D. Psychiatry Residency Research training program.
Lisa Kudrow, the emcee for the festivities, set the tone for the day with her marvelous humor and charismatic charm. Guests enjoyed a delicious “healthy for the mind and brain” lunch prepared by Iron Chef winner and owner of Redbird Restaurant and Vibiana, Neal Fraser. Everyone had the opportunity to bid on fantastic silent auction items, including lunches with some prominent members of the Semel Institute faculty.
Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, honorees and recipients of the Artistic Award of Courage for their long-time advocacy to end child abuse, stunned the audience when they revealed that their daughter, who had battled anorexia, was successfully treated at UCLA. Award