Rivals United for a Kure Gala

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The event: Trojans and Bruins dispensed with their traditional USC/ UCLA sports rivalry,  when they got together to stage the Nov. 16 Rivals United for a Kure Gala at the City Club Los Angeles.

Clearly a victory for all, the affair netted $500,000 for Kure It Cancer Research, which supports underfunded cancer research programs.

The scene: Guests gathered for red carpet arrivals, a VIP reception and tailgate party, enlivened by the USC Song Girls and UCLA Spirit Squad. Soon afterwards, all ventured upstairs for silent and live auctions, followed by an awards dinner.

The honorees: Doug Karielian, alongside his children James and Alison, accepted the award on behalf of his late wife Barb Kaprielian, an avid supporters of both USC and UCLA. Gala organizers then surprised USC’s Paul McDonald and UCLA’s Matt Stevens with awards as well. The two men had been star college quarterbacks before joining the NFL, later becoming color analysts for their respective colleges and co-hosting the first Rivals United for a Kure fundraiser.

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The crowd: The 300 guests included noted athletes, sponsors and other supporters, among them Matt Leinert, Rodney Peete, DeShaun Foster, Mike Sherrard, Michael Young, Mazio Royster, Sunny Byrd, Sam Cunningham, John Papadakis, Gerrit Cole, Amy Crawford, Garrett Anderson, J. K. McKay, John Sciarra and Dan Hubbs; Barry Hoeven of Storage Centers, Brett Munger of CommonWealth Partners, Chris Warmuth of City National Bank and filmmaker Jack Baric.

Also on hand were Judy Gasson, director of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center and Stephen Gruber, director of the USC Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center. Melanie Belger, Sherri Nourse and Serena Overhoff served as gala co-chairs.


Top photo: Gala co-hosts and “Spirit of the Rivalry” honorees: UCLA’s Matt Stevens, left, and USC’s Paul McDonald at the Rivals United for a Kure Gala (Carla Rhea Photography)

Second photo: From left, James, Alison and Doug Kaprielian, who accepted the Kaprilian Cup – in honor of Barb Kaprielian – with Barry Hoeven, Kure It Cancer Research founder and Rivals United for a Kure Gala co-founder (Carla Rhea Photography)

Third photo: From left, USC greats Rodney Peete, Sunny Byrd and Sam Cunningham at the Rivals United for a Kure Gala (Carla Rhea Photography)

Fourth photo: Brett Munger, left, of CommonWealth Partners with former USC/ NFL quarterback Matt Leinart at the Rivals United for a Kure Gala (Carla Rhea Photography)



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Rivals United for a Kure Gala

Published Nov. 23, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA