Agents of Change

| December 17, 2014 | Parties National

Rare diseases affect 350 million people worldwide, and O.C. philanthropists showed their support for each of them by helping to net more than $500,000 at Global Genes’ Tribute to Champions of Hope gala. Sons of Anarchy’s Eileen Grubba, and Access Hollywood’s Kit Hoover and Liz Hernandez were among the 600 givers who joined nonprofit CEO Nicole Boice at Hyatt Regency Surf City for everything from dinner to music from American Idol’s Kris Allen to entertainment from hip-hop dance troupe Culture Shock L.A. Guests also put their hands together for the individuals and companies who are committed to the cause, including The Marfan Foundation, which provides advocacy outreach to the Spanish-speaking community; and Moncef Slaoui, GlaxoSmithKline’s chairman of global research and development. As a final touch, each guest departed with a keepsake jar of seeds in the shape of hearts—a true symbol of hope for the future. –Photos by Bob Hodson and Carla Rhea


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