Los Angeles (March 1, 2004)–Veteran news anchor Tawny Little will emcee the House Ear Institute’s 26th Annual Benefit Gala on March 18, 2004, an event that raises funds for important hearing health research and children’s programs at the House Ear Institute (HEI). The Gala is held in the Beverly Hilton Hotel’s International Ballroom, and will begin with red carpet arrivals at 5:00 p.m., the “Hollywood Auction for Hearing Health” at 5:30 p.m., and a reception at 6:30 p.m.
Dinner and the evening’s program will begin at 7:30 p.m. The Institute will recognize philanthropist Robert H. Ahmanson as Humanitarian of the Year for his support of HEI research programs through The Ahmanson Foundation. The Institute’s prestigious Humanitarian Award is given to individuals who promote human welfare through extraordinary effort and generous devotion of time and resources to accomplish this goal. Previous recipients of the award have included President Ronald Reagan and Nancy Reagan, Norm Crosby, Buzz Aldrin, Dolores and Bob Hope and Nanette Fabray.
As president and trustee of The Ahmanson Foundation since 1974, Robert H. Ahmanson is a long-time friend and donor of the House Ear Institute and its research programs. He is widely recognized for his philanthropy to HEI, UCLA and other organizations that contribute to the advancement of research, education, human service and health care. Ahmanson is the retired director and officer of H.F. Ahmanson & Co., Home Savings & Loan of America, FSB and other subsidiaries of H.F. Ahmanson & Company.
A separate award will go to Hillel Resner, president of the Mix Foundation, who will receive the House Ear Institute’s “Sound Partners Lifetime Achievement Award for Recording Arts” for his support of the institute’s Sound Partners hearing conservation program. A longtime music industry producer, former publisher and editor-in-chief of Mix Magazine, Resner is also executive producer of the Technical Excellence & Creativity Awards (TEC Awards), which recognizes outstanding achievements in recording and sound. Since 1986, the TEC Awards has been contributing a significant portion of its annual proceeds to the House Ear Institute’s Sound Partners hearing conservation program, co-founded by the Mix Foundation, providing funding to HEI for its outreach efforts in the music and sound industries.
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