More than 260 people attended Saturday night's 10th Annual Diamonds Gala - Circle of Friends Celebration to benefit the world-renowned Saint Louis University Liver Center and its "Friends" organization. Many of these supporters traveled to St. Louis from out of town in order to mark the 10th anniversary of this signature gala event hosted by the Friends of the Saint Louis University Liver Center, which has donated more than $2.4 million to the SLU Liver Center since its inception.
|Ranjit Ray, Ph.D. and Ratna Ray, Ph.D. received the “Naomi Judd Award.” Submitted photo.|
KTVI-TV Ch. 2's John Pertzborn emceed the event and Paul Stark, S.J., vice president of Mission and Ministry at SLU, provided the invocation before dinner was served.
SLU professor of internal medicine Bruce R. Bacon, M.D., presented the "Naomi Judd Award" to SLU Liver Center's Ranjit Ray, Ph.D., and Ratna Ray, Ph.D. The "Volunteer of the Year" award was given to a member of the "Young Friends" and volunteer Lindsay Morris.
The 2012 Diamonds Gala was staffed by volunteers from Scott Air Force Base as well as from the Young Friends organization, which is putting together a board of young professionals who support the medical research and treatment breakthroughs taking place at the Saint Louis University Liver Center.
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Established in 1836, Saint Louis University School of Medicine has the distinction of awarding the first medical degree west of the Mississippi River. The school educates physicians and biomedical scientists, conducts medical research, and provides health care on a local, national and international level. Research at the school seeks new cures and treatments in five key areas: cancer, liver disease, heart/lung disease, aging and brain disease, and infectious disease.