San Diego philanthropists, community members and physicians came together April 16 at the Fairmont Grand Del Mar for the UC San Diego Moores Cancer Center SPARK Gala, an evening to “ignite the fight against cancer.” The gala co-chaired by Genta and Fred Luddy and Wanda and Cam Garner featured a cocktail reception, dinner, auction and musical entertainment by Karizma.

Gifts made through the raise-the-paddle “SPARK the Cure” and the live auction generated more than $2.5 million. Event proceeds will accelerate the launch of the Novel Cell Therapy Program, part of the new Cancer Immunotherapy Program at Moores Cancer Center to innovate cell-based therapies in unprecedented ways to redefine cancer treatment in our community.

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