2010-06-03 / Health & Wellness

Wellness Community gala honors local leaders

More than 370 community supporters attended the Wellness Community Valley/Ventura’s Celebration of Life Gala on May 7 at the Four Seasons Hotel in Westlake Village.

The event raised funds for the organization’s free programs of support and education for people with cancer and their families.

The highlight of the evening was a ceremony recognizing local leaders in cancer support. Board chair Scott Hansen presented the Celebration of Excellence award to professional advisory board member Dr. Bernard S. Lewinsky, director of West Hills Radiation Center.

Amgen oncology director of advocacy Kathryn West presented the Celebration of Hope award to Helen Gateka-Anderson, a threetime cancer survivor and founder and past principal of Bethany Christian School in Thousand Oaks.

Board member and 2008-2010 board chair Thomas Crowell presented the Celebration of Philanthropy award to John Notter Sr. for his leadership with the Ludwig Institute for Cancer Research and the Conrad N. Hilton Foundation.

Board member Margaret Serjak presented the Celebration of Life award to Lyn Woodley for her years of volunteer service on behalf of The Wellness Community.

Siblings Kevin and Katie Iritano described how The Wellness Community’s Kids Circle support group helped them find encouragement when their father was diagnosed with cancer last year.

The Celebration of Life events continue with the National Cancer Survivors Day Picnic on Sat., June 5 from 1 to 4 p.m. at 530 Hampshire Road, Westlake Village.

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