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The Heart Foundation Gala

Posted by TSUE on June 19, 2008

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The Heart Foundation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease, honored Motown founder Berry Gordy with The Steven S. Cohen Humanitarian Award on Saturday, June 7, at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in Los Angeles. Honorary Dinner chairs included Sidney Poitier, Norman Brokaw and Quincy Jones; Dinner chairs were Doug Morris, Clarence Avant, Mary Hart and Burt Sugarman. The evening was emceed by Entertainment Tonight’s Mary Hart and featured special musical performances by Louis Price, Thelma Houston and Teena Marie and a dance choreographed by Debbie Allen who was also in attendance. David Foster served as musical director along with Suzanne de Passe.

A man of vision, drive, talent and determination, Berry Gordy, founder of Motown Records, was also a songwriter, boxer, producer, director, innovative entrepreneur and teacher. The phenomenal success of Motown Records is a tribute to all that he embodies and all that he has brought out in others. Under his leadership, Motown created a sound that has become one of the most significant musical accomplishments and stunning success stories of the 20th century. The music communicated across a racially-divided country and segregated society, around the world, touching all people, regardless of skin color.

The Heart Foundation supports the groundbreaking cardiac research of Dr. P.K. Shah and his colleagues at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center. Their goal is to prevent, cure and eradicate this silent killer. Heart Disease is the leading cause of death in both men and women in the United States today. The Heart Foundation at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center was established in 1996 in memory of Steven S. Cohen, an incredible husband, father, son, brother and friend, who lost his life to Sudden Cardiac Death at the age of 35 with no warning signs.


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