ABC's Honored Chandra Wilson and Brandi Glanville at Annual Mother’s Day Luncheon

June 18, 2015

The Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, affectionately known as the ABCs, hosted its annual, star-studded Mother’s Day Luncheon at the Four Seasons Hotel at Beverly Hills, today, Wednesday, May 6, 2015 benefitting breast and prostate cancer research at John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center. The afternoon honored award-winning actress, writer and director Chandra Wilson, star of Grey’s Anatomy, and author and former top model Brandi Glanville of The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills with the organization’s “Women of Achievement Award.”

The event showcased an informal fashion show by St. John Boutique, Beverly Hills. Actress, comedienne and author Lisa Ann Walter, emceed. The luncheon featured a luxury boutique, including a fashionable array of select vendors, each donating a portion of proceeds from their sales to the organization.

Event co-chairs Beverly Cohen and Sheri Rosenblum welcomed the nearly two hundred guests, thanking them for their support of the ABCs and recognizing that “cancer has touched so many of our lives…we need to work together to fund research for better and safer treatments and ultimately a cure.  That is the goal of the ABCs.”

Host Lisa Ann Walter, shared personal stories of how cancer had touched her life and noted that since their founding, the ABCs have raised nearly $15 million for breast and cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. She then introduced Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board of directors of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the late John Wayne. Giving a special shout-out to Gloria Gebbia, President of the ABCs, Wayne lauded the group, noting that “because of you, John Wayne Cancer Institute’s world-renowned faculty are leading the way for research breakthroughs in the fight against cancer by discovering novel approaches to detect cancer in a single drop of blood and therapies to activate the immune system. We are not just working toward finding the cures for cancer, but one day preventing it all together.”

Actress Nicole Rubio, a star on the big screen in Training Day and on television in Star Trek and Grey’s Anatomy presented the “Women of Achievement Award” to her fellow Grey’s Anatomy co-star  Chandra Wilson.

ABCs President Gloria Gebbia introduced noted Beverly Hills jeweler Peter Marco who spoke movingly about his own bout with cancer.

Former Real Housewives of Beverly Hills cast member Carlton Gebbia presented the second award of the day to current cast member, Brandi Granville.

About Chandra Wilson
Chandra Wilson is the definition of versatility. An accomplished actress of stage, screen and television, she rose to national prominence as Dr. Miranda Bailey in the hit series Grey’s Anatomy, a role which netted her multiple Emmy nominations as well as capturing two Screen Actors Guild Awards. She has since broadened her resume to include directing multiple episodes of Grey’s Anatomy and most recently, as the creative force behind ABC-TV’s mega-hit, Scandal. Wilson, the mother of three, is an activist for the cause of Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome and serves as the spokesperson for the  Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome Association as well as the celebrity ambassador for CureMito!, after her teenage daughter developed the disease. For the ninth season of Grey’s Anatomy, Wilson pitched the idea of featuring Cyclic Vomiting Syndrome in the series. The episode, “Second Opinion” aired in 2012 and was directed by Wilson.

About Brandi Glanville
For more than 17 years, Brandi Glanville traveled the world as a high fashion runway and print model, appearing on the covers of top fashion magazines including Glamour and Cosmopolitan and working for luxury design houses including Chanel, Gucci and Giorgio Armani. In addition to her work on The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills, she recently added ‘author’ to her credits, with two New York Times bestsellers, “Drinking and Tweeting: and Other Brandi Blunders” and “Drinking and Dating:  Social Media is Ruining Romance.” She recently launched a new application for Android called Blunder Block and hosts a regular podcast, Brandi Glanville Unfiltered. The mother of two sons, Glanville is active in a number of charities.

About the ABCs
The ABCs was formed 25 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. These individuals wanted to devote all their charitable efforts and resources to eradicating cancer and unanimously chose to support progressive and innovative breast cancer and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute. Today, the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies are over 150 members strong and growing. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at the Institute, and since 1990, have raised nearly $15 million. For more information, please visit

About the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center
Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute’s programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere. For more information, please visit

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