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“Rivals United for a Kure” Gala Honors Legendary USC and UCLA Coaches John Robinson and Terry Donahue



Setting aside the classic USC-UCLA football rivalry for one night, Rivals United for a Kure staged its second annual gala for the benefit of underfunded cancer research.

More than 400 of the charity’s supporters turned up Nov. 25 at the historic St. Vibiana’s Cathedral in downtown Los Angeles to honor two legends of college football: former USC and UCLA head coaches John Robinson and Terry Donahue.

Former star quarterbacks and radio color analysts Paul McDonald of USC and Matt Stevens of UCLA chaired the gala with sportscaster Lindsay Rhodes of the NFL Network acting as host and Dan Dotson of TV’s “Storage Wars” serving serving as celebrity auctioneer. Also on hand were Rivals United for a Kure Director Alison Hahn, Kure It Cancer Research director Karen Jones and Kure It founder Barry Hoeven, whose company, US Storage Centers, was the gala’s Presenting Sponsor.

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There, too, from USC came former offensive tackle Anthony Munoz, fullback Sam Cunningham, wide receiver Curtis Conway, quarterback Rodney Peete, and linebacker John Papadakis.

From UCLA came former quarterback Wayne Cook, linebacker Frank Stephens, quarterback Tom Ramsey, safety James Washington, and quarterback Gary Beban, who brought the cause home by relaying his son’s survival of stage four lung cancer.

The cocktail reception featured interactive tailgate games in the courtyard, hors d’oeuvres by chef Neal Fraser of the Strand House Manhattan Beach and a silent auction that included impressive sports memorabilia. For one standout: How about a football autographed by 20 Heisman Trophy winners?

Linda Young of Elite OC Productions created the USC/UCLA ambiance with referee-striped table linens topped by football centerpieces, each signed by Donahue and Robinson.

Estimated net proceeds of $300,000 were earmarked for underfunded cancer research projects at USC’s Norris Comprehensive Cancer Center and UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

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Top Photo: Legendary rival head coaches, USC’s John Robinson, center left, and UCLA’s Terry Donahue, center right, join event chairs USC’s Paul McDonald and UCLA’s Matt Stevens at the Rivals United for a Kure Gala (photo, Carla Rhea of Carla Rhea Photography)

Second Photo: From left, former UCLA star players James Washington, Matt Stevens and Wayne Cook; Shannon Mora, associate athletic director Rip Scherer and senior associate athletic director Mark Harlan at the Rivals United for a Kure Gala (photo, Carla Rhea of Carla Rhea Photography)

Third photo: From left, Burton Young of gala sponsor Sperry Equities; Linda Young of Elite OC Productions; Massy Farzine and celebrity auctioneer Dan Dotson of “Storage Wars” at the United for a Kure Gala (photo, Carla Rhea of Carla Rhea Photography)

Fourth photo:  Former UCLA star quarterback and Heisman Trophy winner Gary Beban, left, with Emmy Award-winning filmmaker Jack Baric, whose documentary “A City Divided” chronicled the UCLA-USC football rivalry at the Rivals United for a Kure Gala (photo, Carla Rhea of Carla Rhea Photography)


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Published Dec. 2, 2013 – Society News LA