Showbiz elite to back UCLA medical benefit

Brooks to perform at 'Millennium Ball' fundraiser

Some of the top names in the entertainment industry are joining forces to raise money for the UCLA School of Medicine. The annual Aesculapians Ball has become one of the country’s most successful fund-raising events of its kind, with last year’s gala netting more than $3 million for scholarships, research and clinical programs.

In keeping with the times, this year’s Aesculapians Ball has been renamed “The New Millennium Ball, A Tribute To Healing.” Country music star Garth Brooks will entertain the approximately 1,500 dinner guests expected to attend the March 23 gala at 20th Century Fox Studios.

Organizer Brad Grey, chairman and CEO of Basic Entertainment, has brought together a group that reads like a Who’s Who of some of Hollywood’s top players. Peter Chernin, Barry Diller, Sherry Lansing, Barry Meyer, Leslie Moonves, Michael Ovitz, Jeffrey Rosenthal, Scott Sassa, Jim Wiatt and Grey himself will serve as dinner chairmen for this year’s ball.

In addition to raising funds for research, scholarship and medical programs, this year’s event will spotlight UCLA’s new billion-dollar, state-of-the-art medical facilities, designed by I.M. Pei and other leading architects, currently under construction on UCLA’s Westwood campus and in Santa Monica.

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