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Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science to Host 5th Annual Legacy Leaders Spring Gala on April 13th

LOS ANGELES, CA —Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU) will host its 5th Annual Legacy Leaders Spring Gala—Honoring Legends, Championing Our Mission— on Thursday, April 13, 2017 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, 9876 Wilshire Boulevard, Beverly Hills, California 90210. The reception starts at 6 p.m and dinner begins at 7 p.m.

The annual Gala pays tribute to individuals who have helped CDU fulfill its mission to train healthcare leaders to provide care with excellence and compassion. This year, the Gala will honor
Dr. Charles R. Drew, the namesake of CDU, with his heirs in attendance to accept: Bebe Drew Price, Charlene Drew Jarvis, PhD, Sylvia Drew Ivie, JD, and Charles Richard Drew, Jr. (Posthumously); the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District who also serves as Chair of the CDU Board of Councilors; and a 37 year staff physician and faculty member Wilbert C. Jordan, MD, Founder and Director, Oasis Clinic and AIDS Program, a pioneering collaboration between CDU and Los Angeles County.

“The Legacy Leaders Spring Gala annually provides an opportunity for the University to pay tribute to legends and leaders who have and are paving the way for CDU to stand tall in its Mission to provide access to health services for those who need it most,” said Dr. David M. Carlisle, President and CEO of CDU. “They also provide health professions educational opportunities for students who are underrepresented and who often feel isolated at other institutions. For these reasons, we are honored and proud to celebrate this year’s honorees.”

The evening will include a performance by the world renowned Barbara Morrison and her 9-piece orchestra. Returning as mistress of ceremonies for the 5th straight year is veteran NBC4 general assignment reporter Toni Guinyard.

The gala is one in a series of events throughout the year designed to raise funds and recognize CDU’s 50 years of training outstanding health professionals. On August 22, 1966, CDU was founded following the Watts Revolt, to address the inadequate access to healthcare in the community of Watts and greater South Los Angeles.

Proceeds from the event will benefit Student Services, which enhances students’ experience at CDU in its mission to train diverse healthcare professionals by providing scholarships and support. Proceeds will also support CDU community pipeline programs, including its premier Saturday Science Academy II, an impactful pipeline program that encourages K-12 South Los Angeles students to excel in math, science and technology.

Make your online ticket purchase by April 5th at http://www.cdrewu.edu/SpringGala, or call the Office of Strategic Advancement at 323.357.3669. For updates, follow #CDUSpringGala on social media.

Sponsors of the Legacy Leaders Spring Gala include--Gold: Office of the Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman of the Board of Supervisors, L.A. County, Kaiser Permanente and David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Silver: The California Endowment, CBS Corporation, AECOM, and Comerica Bank. Media sponsors are the Los Angeles Sentinel and PACE News.

Table Sponsors are Dr. David M. Carlisle, Dr. and Mrs. Norman C. Cottman, Jr., Bebe Drew Price, Dr. Steve O. Michael, Cedars Sinai, RFP Insurance Agency, Inc., Dr. Margaret Avila and AIDS Healthcare Foundation.

ABOUT the Heirs of Dr. CHARLES R. DREW, CDU’s Namesake Dr. Charles R. Drew was an Educator, innovator, surgeon and inventor
Dr. Charles Richard Drew and his wife M. Lenore Drew had four children. His three daughters will be in attendance at the gala to accept the award on his behalf: Bebe Drew Price, a former educator, wife of Dr. Kline Price, and mother of 4 children; Charlene Drew Jarvis, PhD, a former City Council Member in the District of Columbia, Neuro-scientist at the National Institute of Health, and President of Southeastern College. Charlene is the mother of two sons, and wife of Dr. De Maurice Moses; Sylvia Drew Ivie, widow of Ardie Ivie, EdD and mother of two children, was formerly an attorney with the NAACP Legal Defense Fund, Director of the US Office for Civil Rights at the Department of Health and Human Services. She is currently Special Assistant to the President of Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. Dr. Drew‘s fourth and youngest child is the now deceased Charles R. Drew Jr., a teacher in the District of Columbia and Administrator at South Eastern University. Charlie was the principal caregiver for Mrs. Charles R. Drew during her years of decline from Alzheimer’s disease.

ABOUT OUR HONOREE The Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas
The Honorable Mark Ridley-Thomas, Chairman of the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors, Second District, has engaged his constituents to overwhelmingly elect him in 2008, and reelect him in 2012 and 2016 to the Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has distinguished himself as a strong advocate for his more than his two million Second District residents. He is a board member of L.A. Care and the Los Angeles County Metropolitan Transportation Authority. He also sits on the Los Angeles Memorial Coliseum Commission.

Supervisor Ridley-Thomas has promoted the District’s interests on a variety of fronts, including transportation, job creation and retention, and local hiring. In the area of health policy, he has overseen the construction of the new Martin Luther King, Jr. Community Hospital, as well as a network of cutting-edge health care facilities throughout the District.

Prior to his election to the Board of Supervisors, Supervisor Ridley-Thomas served the 26th District in the California State Senate where he chaired the Senate’s Committee on Business, Professions and Economic Development. He served as Chair of the California Legislative Black Caucus in 2008 and led the Caucus in unprecedented levels of cooperation and collaboration with counterparts in the Latino and Asian-Pacific Islander Legislative Caucuses.

Mark Ridley-Thomas was first elected to public office in 1991 and served with distinction on the Los Angeles City Council for nearly a dozen years, departing as Council President pro Tempore. He later served two terms in the California State Assembly, where he chaired the Assembly Democratic Caucus. His legislative work addressed a broad range of issues with implications for economic and workforce development, health care, public safety, education, budget accountability, consumer protection and civic participation.

Ridley-Thomas’ political career was preceded by a decade of service as executive director of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference of Greater Los Angeles, which followed a brief but successful five-year stint as a high school teacher.

A graduate of Manual Arts High School in Los Angeles, he earned a baccalaureate degree in Social Relations with a minor in Government and a master’s degree in Religious Studies with a concentration in Christian ethics from Immaculate Heart College. Supervisor Ridley-Thomas went on to receive his Ph.D. in Social Ethics from the University of Southern California focusing on Social Criticism and Social Change.

He is married to Avis Ridley-Thomas, Co-Founder and Director of the Institute for Non-Violence in Los Angeles. They are the proud parents of twins Sinclair and Sebastian, both Morehouse men. Sinclair recently earned an MBA degree at USC’s Marshall School of Business, works in the investment banking industry, and resides in San Francisco with his wife Shaunicie, an attorney, and newborn son Duke Flynn. Sebastian is a member of the California State Assembly representing the 54th District, which includes Southwest Los Angeles, Culver City, Century City and Westwood. He currently chairs the Assembly Revenue and Taxation Committee.

Wilbert C. Jordan, MD, MPH, is the Founder and Director of the OASIS Clinic Angeles. He is the Co- Director of the Drew Center for AIDS Research; and Associate Professor, Internal Medicine and Family Practice, Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science. He has served as Assistant Professor, University of California at Los Angeles.

Dr. Jordan treated his first HIV patient in 1979. He has served three terms on the original Los Angeles County Commission on AIDS, which he chaired for two years; and has been involved with the original HIV Planning Council until the subsequent merger with the Commission.
Further interests include expanding services for adolescents and transgender clients and further developing community advisory boards. The latter will be composed of a Women’s group, a Transgender support group, the Adolescent support group, and the Client Advisory Committee. His national participation includes serving as a consultant to several pharmaceutical companies; the Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) Guidelines Committee; being on a Center for Disease Control advisory committee for outreach to Black MSM's and being Principal Investigator to three CDC sponsored projects with the National Medical Association.

To purchase tickets online, visit www.cdrewu.edu/SpringGala or call the CDU Office of Strategic Advancement at (323) 357-3669.

For more information, visit http://www.cdrewu.edu/, and follow CDU on Facebook, Twitter (@cdrewu), and Instagram (@charlesrdrewu).


Roland Hayes Betts Memorial @ CDU

Dear CDU Family,

It is with deep sorrow that we inform you of the passing of our dear friend and colleague, Roland H. Betts, on Sunday, March 19th. Please join us in expressing our deepest condolences to the family members of Mr. Betts. We will keep them in our prayers and wish them strength and courage during this difficult time.

Roland was born in Alton, IL. He was just one year old when his family moved to the Bronzeville community on the south side of Chicago. After moving to Chicago, Roland’s father converted to Islam and was an original member of the Fruit of Islam where he served as a member of the security team for the Honorable Elijah Muhammad. The conversion impacted the Betts family and Roland, in particular. He dropped out of high school at the age of 17 and joined the United States Marine Corps. Assigned to the elite 5th Marine Division, a part of the Fleet Marine Force at Camp Pendleton (California), Roland traveled to Japan, Okinawa, Formosa, the Philippines, Hong Kong and Hawaii. He returned to the United States after 14 months and was stationed outside of Washington, DC at Quantico, Virginia. There he made history when he was selected to join the Quantico Marine Basketball Team, becoming the only African-American and the only non-commissioned member on the team. With tu toring and assistance from a teammate, Roland obtained his GED and upon his discharge, attended Pepperdine University where he received a full athletic scholarship. While at Pepperdine, Roland was the University’s scoring leader and the nation’s 13th ranked rebounder. He ranked among the game’s top ten in both scoring and rebounding and was named to an All-League Team by league coaches and Southern California sports writers.

Roland was an active participant in the Civil Rights Movement. He first marched with Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., during the summer of 1966 when Dr. King and staff of the Southern Christian Leadership Conference (SCLC), completed their successful campaign for voter rights in Selma, Alabama and then moved north to spearhead the Chicago Open Housing Movement. Two years later Roland was hired as a field organizer on the national staff of SCLC under the leadership of Dr. King’s successor, Dr. Ralph David Abernathy. He reported directly to Rev. Hosea Williams, Dr. King’s “Unbought and Unbossed” Field General. Prior to his employment, Roland’s brother Raymond, leader of the Midwestern Caravan of the Poor People’s Campaign, convinced him to serve as Head Marshal of the Midwestern Caravan and the two of them led hundreds of protestors to Resurrection City in Washington, DC where he spent the summer protesting and was eventually jailed. From 1966 to 1969, Roland participated in numerous campaigns including demonstrations at the Democratic and Republican National Conventions, rallies in Indiana, Kentucky, Michigan, Ohio, Pennsylvania and Maryland. He also coordinated the sanitation strike in Oklahoma. During this time, he was jailed at least five times for his activism.

Roland relocated to Los Angeles in 1971 where he joined the University of Southern California (USC) Community Service Center. As Program Director, he established several educational, recreational, social and community service oriented programs, including the Martin Luther King, Jr. Summer Camp. He also served as Community Coordinator for the Greater Los Angeles Community Action Agency, Community Coordinator of “Operation Big Vote” and Office Manager of the South Central Los Angeles Campaign Headquarters for Los Angeles Mayor Tom Bradley.

In November 1977, Roland was appointed Community Liaison Officer for the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School, now known as Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science (CDU). In 1991, he was promoted to Director of Community Relations and Alumni Affairs. Aware that the University did not have any major events or fundraisers, he began a search to find a vehicle that would bring the alumni, university and community together and serve as a major fundraiser for the school. He came up with the idea of offering a quality lineup of jazz musicians in the heart of a community known for being the home of riots and poverty. Thus “Jazz At Drew” was born.

Roland served the University in various capacities including Community Relations Officer, Manager of Community and Alumni Affairs and Special Assistant to the President. During his tenure, Roland founded the Charles R. Drew Postgraduate Medical School Speaker’s Bureau and the Jazz At Drew Annual Scholarship Fund. He also co-founded the Drew Employees Relations Advisory Committee (ERAC); Charles R. Drew University Alumni Association; the Community Advisory Council to the President; and with longtime community activist, Lillian H. Mobley, co-founded the Healthy Agenda 2000 Health Conference and the Jazz At Drew Health Pavilion.

In 2009, after 32 years of service, Roland retired from CDU. The University was privileged to honor Roland at the 2016 Jazz At Drew.

A Viewing will be held at Inglewood Mortuary, 3801 W. Manchester Blvd., Inglewood 90305 on Friday, April 7th from 4pm to 8pm. A Memorial Service and Reception will be held on the campus of CDU on Saturday, April 8th from 11am to 3pm.

Expressions of condolence may be sent to the Office of the President (Address below).

Thank you.

JACKIE BROWN Chief of Staff to the President
Secretary to the Board of Trustees
Charles R. Drew University of Medicine and Science
Office of the President
1731 E. 120th Street, Los Angeles, CA 90059
T: (323) 563-5963
F: (323) 563-5987
W: www.cdrewu.edu

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