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Rebels With A Cause Gala

Visionaries and revolutionaries in medicine, philanthropy, tech, education, art and entertainment gathered at the fourth Rebels With A Cause gala on October 24 at The Water Garden in Santa Monica.

The intimate evening was held in support of the lifesaving research led by Dr. David B. Agus, MD, Founding Director and CEO of the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC (Ellison Institute). Larry Ellison, Co-Founder, Executive Chairman and Chief Technology Officer of Oracle, was the surprise honouree for the evening. Recognized for his generous support through the years, Ellison was celebrated with a standing ovation and the first-ever Rebels With A Cause Award, designed by Chopard.

Prior to honouring Ellison, Dr. Agus praised his friend, stating “[He’s] one of the most amazing people I’ve ever met. Every day I thank him for his love for discourse to push for knowledge and truth. I thank him for allowing me to learn from him. Cancer continues to affect us all and we’re obligated to think outside of the box. With Ellison’s support and the $12.1 million raised this evening, we’re able to continue developing innovative programs at the Ellison Institute that our patients need today.”

Co-chaired by Lynne and Marc Benioff, Founder, Chairman and co-CEO of Salesforce, Rebels with a Cause was emceed by Tony Award winner James Corden, host of The Late Late Show, while sixteen-time Grammy Award-winner David Foster returned as the gala’s Musical Director. Guests were delighted by an up-close magical act from David Blaine and musical performances by David Foster with Pia Toscano and none other than the Red Hot Chili Peppers. The gala was produced and designed by AOO Events with Don Mischer Productions producing the program and a seated dinner provided by Très LA.

Those who attended the gala and supported the Ellison Institute have helped to dramatically advance its research at this critical time by raising $12.1 million for the cause. Funds from the evening will go towards the Ellison Institute’s continued efforts to discover and enhance the most effective cancer treatments that will benefit patients who are in urgent need of new therapies.

Slated to open later this year, the Lawrence J. Ellison Institute for Transformative Medicine of USC’s new state-of-the-art facility is located at 12414 Exposition Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA 90064. For more information, or to make a donation to further the Ellison Institute’s research, please visit

Thanks to Steve Cohn and AOO Events for photos.


Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Anthony Kiedis of Red Hot Chili Peppers
Larry Ellison
James Corden
Marc Benioff, Dr. David Agus and Barry Manilow
Ashton Kutcher and Marc Benioff
David Foster and Pia Toscano performing
David Foster and Pia Toscano performing
David Foster
Sara Foster
Sara Foster with father David Foster
Sara Foster
Red Hot Chili Peppers
Rebel With A Cause award
Pis Toscano and David Foster performing
Mikalah Gordron, PIa Toscano and Jai Rodriguez
Larry Ellison and Sara Foster
James Corden
Elisabeth Shue and Dr. David Agus
David Blaine shows a magic trick to Ashton Kutcher

Barry Manilow and Lorna Luft
Barry Manilow
Ashton Kutcher, Marc Benioff and Michelle Alves
Ashton Kutcher and Dr. David Agus

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