Los Angeles, CA (September 11, 2007) –- Featuring a hilarious performance by George Lopez, one of the premier comedic talents in the entertainment industry today, Stand Up for a Cure will be held at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles on Sunday, November 4th at 5:00 p.m. Presented by Turner Construction Company, the fifth annual event will also include a cocktail reception, dinner, live and silent auctions, and fantastic prize drawings – from a Portuguese paradise getaway to an exclusive spa escape. All proceeds will benefit the Diabetes Research Institute (DRI), a world leader in cure-focused research.
“We are so pleased to have George Lopez performing this year. We’ve had some amazing talent showcased at this event each year, including Ray Romano, Bill Engvall and Jim Turner, and the upcoming event promises to be over-the-top hysterical,” exclaimed Paula Wilson, chairman of the Diabetes Research Institute Foundation’s California board, who is co-chairing the event along with Hope Bolois.
“Through the laughter, we all remember the reason for the event – to help raise funds for a cure for diabetes,” added Bolois.
Recognized by Time magazine as one of “The 25 Most Influential Hispanics in America” in 2005, Lopez is the co-creator, writer, producer and star of the ABC network and Warner Bros. Television produced sitcom, “George Lopez,” which aired its sixth season this year. He has two hit CDs, “Right Now Right Now” and the Grammy-nominated “Team Leader,” and his autobiography, “Why You Crying?” entered the New York Times Bestsellers top 20. A Los Angeles native, Lopez devotes much time to the community and his own charity, The George & Ann Lopez-Richie Alacron CARE Foundation, among others.
Sponsorship opportunities for Stand Up for a Cure are still available. Already signed on are Presenting Sponsor Turner Construction Company, Stand Up Sponsor Mary Farrell and Stu Bloomberg, and Laugh Sponsors Union Bank of California, Warner Bros. and Paula and Tom Wilson, among others.
Tickets for Stand Up for a Cure featuring George Lopez are $175 per person. The Millennium Biltmore Hotel Los Angeles is located at 506 South Grand Avenue.
The Diabetes Research Institute, a center of excellence at the University of Miami Miller School of Medicine, is a recognized world leader in cure-focused research. Since its inception in the early 1970s, the DRI has made significant contributions to the field of diabetes research, pioneering many of the techniques used in islet transplantation. From innovations in islet isolation and transplant procedures to advances in cell biology and immunology, the DRI is now harnessing the power of emerging technologies to develop new cell-based therapies to restore insulin production. For the millions of families already affected by diabetes who are looking to the world of science for answers, the Diabetes Research Institute is the best hope for a cure. For more information, call 1-800-321-3437.