Life Without Limits Gala 2012 – through the eyes of a child

Annual Life Without Limits Gala 2012 – through the eyes of a child

David Pyott, Gavin Herbert, UCP-OC CEO Cathleen Collins and Honoree James V. Mazzo
Assitant Emcees Reo & Brianna with James Mazzo

United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s Life Without Limits Gala was a major success with 370 guests and net proceeds estimated at over $425,000.  Held on April 28 at the Balboa Bay Club, the beautiful black tie gala honored James V. Mazzo, President of Abbott Medical Optics with the Impact Award for his community leadership and ongoing support of families of children with cerebral palsy and other disabilities.

A major announcement connected with Mazzo’s vision and support was United Cerebral Palsy of Orange County’s Cortical Vision Impairment Early Intervention Program in affiliation with The Gavin Herbert Eye Institute at UC Irvine scheduled to open in fall 2012.

The gala theme, Through the Eyes of Child, was reflected with children ambassadors welcoming guests and by live performances by children with disabilities including the Pacific Symphony Youth Orchestra Ensemble Chamber Players. As guests entered the ballroom they were welcomed with many faces of children that make up UCP-OC.

Gala Co-chairs Matthew Maletta & Michele Maryott

Honorary co-chairs and former Impact awardees included Julia and George Argyros along with former David Pyott and his wife Julianna. Gala committee co-chairs were Michele Maryott, Gibson, Dunn & Crutcher Partner and Matthew Maletta, Allergan Vice President, Associate General Counsel and Secretary.

United Cerebral Palsy’s CEO Cathleen Collins shared her personal story of raising a daughter with disabilities and expressed her appreciation of the many healthcare professionals in attendance.

During the Cash for Kids Without Limits, United Cerebral Palsy supporter Bonner Paddock – who has cerebral palsy – announced a $100,000 matching gift through his OM Foundation.

Top auction items included a night at the Grammy Awards that generated $10,000, two Angels dugout suites were sold at $11,000 each and two dinner parties for 12 with Sapphire Grill Chef Azmin Ghahreman each brought in $5500.

Azalea, a teen who attends UCP-OC, invoked a true standing ovation in response to her beautiful piano piece.

From the moment guests were welcomed by the children ambassadors,  to the cookie endorned with a thank you note and a picture of a child the evening was magical. Guests entered the beautifully decorated ballroom,  The event also had a candy bar, photobooth (enjoyed by many), opportunity drawingsdined on delicious meal, filled their bags at the candy bar and photobooth (enjoyed by many)

UCP-OC introduced itself as an organization through a video comprised of CEO Cathy Collins, Dr. Simpson a principle investigator in our new vision program, board members and two influential families at UCP-OC.

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