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Cooking for a Cause

The American Liver Foundation’s Greater Los Angeles Division held its 11th Annual Flavors of Orange County gala on August 24, 2014, featuring 11 chefs from some of the best restaurants in Orange County. John Hoefs, MD, professor emeritus at UC Irvine and the Liver Specialty Center in Irvine, was honored with the Healthcare Visionary Award. The event was sponsored by Wells Fargo; Fairmont Newport Beach; Bristol Myers-Squibb; Callahan & Blaine; UC Irvine Health; Salix Pharmaceuticals; Riviera Magazine and Loma Linda University Transplant Institute. Proceeds will help the Greater Los Angeles Division’s efforts to provide support, education and advocacy for patients and their families in Orange County, Los Angeles, Santa Barbara, Ventura and San Bernardino.

The American Liver Foundation’s Pacific Coast and Hawaii Division also hosted its 11th Annual Flavors of San Diego at the Grand Del Mar event on September 7, 2014. More than 260 guests were treated to five-course gourmet dinners prepared by 25 of Flavors of San Diego premier chefs, dining on such mouth-watering dishes as grass-fed filet topped with prawns; lobster tails steamed with cardamom seeds; crab cakes; oysters on the half shell and dark chocolate pudding cake with raspberry coulis.

Special guests included Lynn Seim, executive vice president and chief operating officer of the American Liver Foundation’s national office and honoree Tarek Hassanien, MD, of Southern California Liver Centers. Liver Life Champion Phyllis Ward was the evening’s “Fund The Mission” speaker.

Chicago Runs for ALF

The American Liver Foundation Great Lakes Division recently held the Liver Cup Challenge, which is an incentive competition for area hospitals and physicians’ offices to get involved in Liver Life Walks. Staff from seven of Chicago’s most prestigious hospitals, universities and clinics participated. Collectively, the institutions brought in $20,000 during the competition. The University of Chicago team came in first-place raising $6,000, and the Loyola Liver Team was a close second. The winning team received the coveted Liver Cup Trophy, which they can display until the next Walk. (The winner also has full bragging rights over their academic peers for a full year. Another great incentive.)

Team ALF participated in the Chicago Half and 5k on September 7th benefiting the Great Lakes Division. Individual runners also ran to support ALF.


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