“Dealing for Duchenne” is a star-studded Texas Hold ‘Em poker tournament and silent auction to raise money for the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA, where researchers and physicians combine efforts to extend the lives of children with the deadly genetic disorder.
Launched seven years ago by local parents of boys affected by the disease, the annual event’s proceeds have led to promising experimental therapies they hope will one day save their children’s lives.
Duchenne muscular dystrophy strikes one in 3,500 boys, weakening their muscles until they lose the ability to move and breathe on their own. Most boys are diagnosed by age 5, confined to a wheelchair by 12 and don’t survive past 25. UCLA is the only facility west of Ohio offering clinical trials and specialized medical care to Duchenne patients.
The event will feature the following individuals:
Murray, an actor whose credits include “The Artist,” “Mad Men” and “Two and a Half Men,” will emcee the event.
David Foster and The Tenors
Foster, a Grammy-winning musician and producer, and the Canadian quartet The Tenors will provide live music and entertainment.
Other celebrities scheduled to attend include:
Hank Azaria (“The Simpsons”), Anna Belknap (“CSI: NY”), Majandra Delfino (“Friends With Better Lives”), Rich Eisen (NFL Network), Willie Garson (“White Collar,” “Sex and the City”), Anne Heche (“Hung,” “Six Days Seven Nights”), Brendan Hines (“Scandal”), Oliver Hudson (“Rules of Engagement”), Josh Malina (“Scandal,” “West Wing”), Kellie Martin (“Army Wives”), Tim Olyphant (“Justified,” “Hitman”), Tim Roth (“Klondike,” “Lie to Me”) Nicole Sullivan (“Cougar Town,” “Family Guy”), James Tupper (“Revenge”) and David Walton (“About a Boy”).
Dr. David Feinberg, president of the UCLA Health System, CEO of the UCLA Hospital System and UCLA associate vice chancellor for health sciences, will receive the Meyer-Whalley Instrument of Change Award. The award is named for Tom Whalley, former CEO and chairman of Warner Bros., and his wife, Melanie Meyer, who were instrumental in raising money to launch the Center for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy at UCLA. Hard Rock Café co-founder Peter Morton will present the award in recognition of Feinberg’s support of the center.
Sony Pictures Studios Lot
10202 Washington Blvd., Culver City
(Please R.S.V.P. to media contact by 3 p.m. on Friday, May 9, to add your name to the studio access list.)
Saturday, May 10
Red carpet: 6–8 p.m.
Poker, dinner, awards and live entertainment to follow until 11 p.m.