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Tribute to Caring star-studded event

by Rodney Tanaka

August 2, 2005

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Western University of Health Sciences is proud and thrilled to celebrate

its 25th annual A Tribute to Caring gala this year on Nov. 12 at the

Beverly Hills Hotel.

This year’s event is sure to dazzle as world-renowned magicians and

animal lovers Siegfried and Roy are bestowed the university’s highest

honor, the Elie Wiesel Humanism in Healing Award.

In their three-plus decades in Las Vegas, Siegfried and Roy have

performed for more than 25 million people. Honored as magicians of the

century in 2000, Siegfried and Roy have been entrusted with the care and

preservation of the Royal White Tigers for more than 20 years.

Siegfried and Roy have created an open-air home for white tigers,

enabling the public to share the conservation work of the renowned

illusionists in preserving the endangered species. The pair has

dedicated their lives to preserving these rare animals. With only a few

dozen Snow White Tigers in the world, the breed is rarer than the panda.

Siegfried and Roy’s efforts have brought the species back from the brink

of total extinction.

WesternU is pleased to recognize radio talk show host Larry Mantle as the

recipient of this year’s Media Award for Advancement in Health and

Humanism. This honor was designed to recognize personalities in the

media arena who have made an exceptional effort to educate society on the

tenets of healthy living and humanistic values.

Mr. Mantle has been the host of AirTalk on KPCC since April 1, 1985,

making it the longest continuously airing daily talk program in Southern

California. In these 19 years the fourth-generation Angeleno has

interviewed thousands of prominent guests on an extraordinary array of

topics, and received many journalistic awards in the process. Larry grew

up in southwest Los Angeles, Inglewood, and Hollywood. He is a graduate

of Hollywood High School and Vanguard University of Southern California.

Mr. Mantle and his wife Kristen are the parents of Desmond.

Kaiser Permanente, the nation’s largest health care organization and a

partner of WesternU, is the recipient of this year’s Corporate Award for

Excellence in Health Care.

WesternU’s relationship with Kaiser Permanente has grown over the years

and continues to be strong. The university has approximately 48 Physician

Assistant and 31 DO alumni working in the Kaiser system. The College of

Pharmacy also uses Kaiser facilities as rotation sites for its students

Kaiser Permanente, evolved from industrial health care programs for

construction, shipyard, and steel-mill workers for the Kaiser industrial

companies during the late 1930s and 1940s. It was opened to public

enrollment in October 1945 Today, it encompasses Kaiser Foundation

Health Plan, Inc., Kaiser Foundation Hospitals, and the Permanente

Medical Groups, and it has an affiliation with Group Health Cooperative,

based in Seattle, Washington.

The Alumni Association Board is proud to announce that Todd G.

Gottschalk, DO ’95, has been named the 2005 Distinguished Alumnus. He

returned home in June from deployment in Kosovo where he has served as

the Deputy Commander for Clinical Services, Task Force Medical Falcon XI.

In this role, he was the chief of the medical/clinical staff for the U.S.

Army forces in Kosovo, including dentistry, physical therapy, optometry,

lab, radiology, pharmacy and nursing, in addition to medical staff.

For information on attending this special event, contact Rocki Moreno at

(909) 469-5439 or visit the Tribute to Caring website at


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