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Lupus LA Presents its 2008 Orange Ball Thursday, May 1st Honoring Hollywood Greats, Lauren and Richard Donner

Event to Feature Performance by Grammy Award-Winning Musician Seal; Special Guests to Include Gerard Butler, Dakota Fanning and Paula Abdul


LOS ANGELES, CA (April 23, 2008) – Lupus LA is pleased to present the 2008 Orange Ball on Thursday, May 1st at 6:30PM at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel. The star-studded event, hosted by Terri Seymour and Bruno Tonioli, will feature an exclusive performance by Seal and live auction featuring one-of-a-kind items conducted by renowned Christie’s auctioneer Andrea Fiuczynski. Gerard Butler and Dakota Fanning will present this year’s “Loop Award” to movie producer Lauren Shuler Donner and husband, director Richard Donner. Lupus LA supporter Paula Abdul will present the “Founder’s Award” to Daniel J. Wallace, M.D.

Lupus LA, the West Coast division of the SLE Lupus Foundation, will hold this year’s Orange Ball to generate awareness and raise funds for this under-publicized yet widespread, deadly disease. Since its inception in 2000, the gala has managed to raise money to serve the needs of people with lupus and their families, and to help prevent, treat and, ultimately, cure the disease.

“Our annual Los Angeles gala is not only a fabulous, memorable evening; it’s Lupus LA’s flagship event for raising much needed funds to support Lupus research and education,” said Linda David, Executive Director of Lupus LA. “It’s been an exciting but busy time as we ramp up for the event while reaching out to people with Lupus across Los Angeles County through all possible channels.”

Lupus is a chronic autoimmune disorder that can affect virtually any organ of the body. With Lupus, the body's immune system, which normally functions to protect against foreign invaders, becomes hyperactive, forming antibodies that attack normal tissues and organs, including the skin, joints, kidneys, brain, heart, lungs, and blood. Lupus is characterized by periods of illness, called flares, and periods of wellness, or remission.

Because its symptoms come and go, mimicking those of other diseases, Lupus is difficult to diagnose. There is no single laboratory test that can definitively prove that a person has this complex illness.

Lupus LA was founded in Los Angeles in 2000 by Daniel Wallace, M.D., renowned physician/author and Attending Physician in the Division of Rheumatology at Cedars-Sinai Medical Center and a clinical professor of medicine at the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center/David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA.

Dedicated to supporting new science in lupus, Lupus LA uses the power of Hollywood and the strength of its committee to further the plight of the organization.

Individual tickets for the 2008 Orange Ball start at $500 with tables of ten at $5,000; $10,000 and $25,000. Proceeds benefit the nationally recognized programs of Lupus LA. Advance reservations are required. For more information, please contact Marsha Grant at 323-904-4400 or visit www.lupusla.org.

For media inquiries or celebrity submissions contact Amanda Brocato of Fifteen Minutes PR at 323-556-9700 or Amanda@FifteenMinutes.com.

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