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May 2, 2011 – Beverly Hills, CA  -- JDRF (Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation) Los Angeles Chapter has announced its 2011 Honorees for the 8th Annual Gala Event: “Finding A Cure: A Love Story” on Thursday May 5, 2011 at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California.
The 2011 Honorees include: legendary independent filmmaker Avi Lerner, and longtime JDRF supporters Jenny and Steve Savitsky. The event will feature special performances and celebrity appearances including Dancing With The Stars season 12 cast members Sugar Ray Leonard and his partner Anna Trebunskaya and other Dancing With The Stars celebrities and dancers; actor Charlie Sheen; Dolph Lundgren; and other surprises celebrity appearances.
2011 JDRF Angel Award recipient Avi Lerner is a well-respected member of the entertainment industry and worldwide independent film community.  His work with industry legends like De Niro, Pacino, Douglas, Stallone and Herzog has given him a legendary status of his own.   As Co-Chairman and partner of Nu Image, Inc., Lerner has produced over 360 feature films. Recently Lerner has produced the blockbuster hit The Expendables, The Mechanic, Drive Angry and this summer’s highly anticipated Conan the Barbarian starring Jason Momoa.  His work in entertainment began with a drive-in movie theater in his native Israel. He continued building his global reputation as a producer and business owner in Europe and South Africa.
Lerner headed to Los Angeles in 1992 and co-founded Nu Image with partners Danny Dimbort and Trevor Short. The three also own Millennium Films, Millennium Entertainment, Nu Boyana Studios in Bulgaria and the newly built Millennium Studios in Shreveport Louisiana.  Millennium Films produces 15 to 18 films per year, with Nu Image’s  imprint on scores more. Nu Image/Millennium Films is currently in production with Gerard Butler, Uma Thurman and Jessica Biel  starring in the comedy Playing the Field, as well as Medallion which stars Nicolas Cage.
Jenny and Steve Savitsky met in college at UC Santa Barbara and have been together for 25 years and married for 20. The Savitzky’s have two children, a son born in April 1995 and a daughter, Nicole in September 1998.
Jenny has been in Real Estate since 1990.  She took a brief hiatus to spend time with her young children.  Fortunately at the time of Nicole's diagnosis, she was able be home with her daughter which is a 24/7 job initially.  Jenny currently sells residential real estate with Partner Trust Real Estate and Acquisitions..
Steve Savitsky started in public accounting and upon moving the family back to Los Angeles joined the firm Savitsky, Satin and Bacon knowing he could use his skills to do business management. He has been with the firm for 17 years now.
Because Jenny has a couple of dear friend's with children with type 1 diabetes, she was always very aware of the symptoms. While on vacation she noticed Nicole exhibiting the symptoms, took her to their doctor when they got home and unfortunately she was correct. Nicole is now 12 years old.
The Savitsky’s supported JDRF and have participated in The Walk For A Cure for over 10 years - well before Nicole was even diagnosed. They are very philanthropic, supporting many charities, including John Tracy Clinic, Cure Duchenne, Feed the Children and ALS.
The Savitsky’s are honored to be in this role for JDRF and receive the Caregiver Award. Steve and Jenny live their lives with simplicity, the highest integrity and a strong devotion for their family.
The Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation is the leading funder and advocate for type 1 diabetes with the mission to find a cure for diabetes and its complications through the support of research. In 2010, JDRF funded more than $107 million in diabetes research, which is more funding for type 1 diabetes than any other charity in the world. JDRF is committed to working tirelessly to develop new and better treatments to improve the lives of people with type 1 diabetes in the near term and keep them healthy while advancing toward a cure.
The 8th Annual Gala Event: “Finding a Cure: A Love Story” will take place on Thursday night, May 5th with cocktail reception and silent auction beginning at 6:00 p.m. and dinner at 7:00 p.m. Tickets and sponsorships for the event may be obtained by contacting the Los Angeles Chapter of the Juvenile Diabetes Research Foundation at (213) 233-9901 or by visiting their website at www.jdrf.org/losangeles.
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