Cancer Support Community Holds 25th Annual Angel Gala

The 25th annual Angel Gala, “Bright Lights, Big City” benefitting Cancer Support Community Pasadena, was held recently at downtown Los Angeles’ City Club and brought in record-breaking revenue of $373,000 and was attended by 370 guests. The event featured a reception with auctions, dinner, entertainment by Nina Lares and the Calvillo Sisters.
Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi and the Rusnak Auto Group were honored with Angel Awards for their generous and consistent support throughout the years.
“The generosity that evening was contagious and one special guest, Paul Rusnak of the Rusnak Auto Group, made a surprise announcement of a matching gift challenge of $100,000. We are thrilled and will work diligently to raise funds for the match. Untold participants will benefit from the success of this event and the generosity of all our guests,” said Meg Symes, executive director.
Fritz Coleman was the emcee. Guests were moved by the personal stories of Dallas Raines, Angie Everhart, Wendy Burch, CSCP member Bill Brummel as well as the honorees, Elizabeth Rusnak Arizmendi and her father, Paul Rusnak.
The organization provides free services to cancer patients and their family members. It includes professionally led support groups, educational workshops and mind-body programs that depend heavily on funds raised by the annual Angel Gala. CSCP touches more than 2,000 people in the greater Pasadena community annually.
“We are all so grateful for all the work our co-chairs Kal Balian Antoun, Elizabeth Arnett, Dana Rodriquez and the committee put in to plan this record-breaking evening,” said CSCP Board President Michael Healy.

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