Guests enjoyed a night of laugher and memories on Saturday as the International Myeloma Foundation held its 10th Annual Comedy Celebration at the Wilshire Ebell Theater.
The foundation was built in commemoration of the great Peter Boyle who died from myeloma cancer in 2006. This event in particular, honored Boyleâ€™s wife, Loraine, who began the charity 25 years ago to raise funds to find a cure to the fast growing form of blood cancer. The comedy show was added 15 years after by Susie Novis Durie, the organizationâ€™s president, and has showcased more than 50 comedians and musicians who personally knew and loved Mr. Boyle.
This yearâ€™s guest appearances included host, Ray Romano, who played Boyleâ€™s T.V. son in the acclaimed Everybody Loves Raymond sitcom in the 90s. Comedians Bill Burr, Jeff Garlin, Dom Irrera, Larry Miller, Kevin Nealon, JB Smoove, and Fred Willard all performed in efforts to support the cause.
Other notable attendees included Peter Gallagher, Mark Hamill, Howard Hesseman with wife Caroline Ducrocq, Domenick Lombardozzi, Lesley Nicol and Alex Meneses.
Michael McKean and Annette Oâ€™Toole finished the evening celebration singing a couple of their original songs, â€œMilwaukee Moon,â€ â€œKillington Hill,â€ and â€œCloser Than Tomorrow.â€
The successful organization has now raised over $6 million for the Peter Boyle Research Fund with the $700 thousand that was donated at Saturdayâ€™s event.
IMF has supported the Black Swan Research Initiative for the last four years, and this year they have announced two new cure trials that are taking place in Iceland.
â€œIn Iceland, the population is 340,000, itâ€™s just large enough but small enough. What weâ€™re doing is that we are testing all of the people [under the age of 40] in Iceland to see if they have the early stages of this cancer,â€ said IMF Chair Dr. Brian Durie.
If youâ€™d like more information about the foundation or would like to donate, please visit their website at www.myeloma.org.