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USC Institute of Urology

Dean Carmen Puliafito, Luke Zamperini (son of Louis Zamperini), Sheryl Crow, honoree Derrick Hall
Dean Carmen Puliafito, Luke Zamperini (son of Louis Zamperini), Sheryl Crow,
honoree Derrick Hall



USC Institute of Urology


Major League Baseball’s

Derrick Hall

at “Changing Lives and Creating Cures” Gala


Headliners Jay Leno and Sheryl Crow perform; Joe Piscopo emceed

More than $2 million raised


Joe Piscopo, Jay Leno, Dr. Inderbir Gill, Executive Director, USC Institute of Urology

Joe Piscopo, Jay Leno, Dr. Inderbir Gill, Executive Director, USC Institute of Urology

President of USC, CL Nikias and his wife Niki Nikias
President of USC, CL Nikias and his wife Niki Nikias
Joe Torre
Joe Torre
Sheryl Crow on stage
Sheryl Crow on stage

The USC Institute of Urology, one of the nation’s top-ranked urology programs, honored Derrick Hall, president and CEO of the Arizona Diamondbacks major league baseball franchise, a native son of Los Angeles and a prostate cancer survivor and advocate, with the inaugural Louis Zamperini Courage Award at its annual “Changing Lives and Creating Cures” gala, Thursday, Nov. 20, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills, raising more than $2 million.   The event hosts included C. L. Max Nikias, president of the University of Southern California (USC); Carmen A. Puliafito, M.D., MBA, dean of the Keck School of Medicine of USC; Jeff Small, president and chief operating officer of DreamWorks Studios; and Inderbir S. Gill, M.D, executive director of the USC Institute of Urology. The evening’s presenting sponsors, Tom and Holly Gores with Platinum Equity, were joined by Tina and Rick Caruso and Randy and Ken Kendrick
 as honorary co-chairs.


The highlight of the evening was the presentation of the inaugural Louis Zamperini Courage Award to Derrick Hall. Luke Zamperini, the son of Louis Zamperini, the famous USC alumnus, U.S. Olympian, World War II P.O.W. survivor and prostate cancer patient of the USC Institute of Urology, presented Hall with the award named in honor of his father, joined by DreamWorks’ Jeff Small, Puliafito and Gill.  For more information, go to
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