by Ken Mosesian, Executive Director, The American Fertility Association
Over 200 people attended The American Fertility Association’s fund raiser, IlluminationsLA 2012, celebrating those who have made a difference in the areas of fertility and family building. This year, we recognized Dr. Richard Buyalos of Fertility and Surgical Associates, and Simon Halls of Slate PR.
Hosted by Josh and Lisa Greer at their exquisite Beverly Hills home, it was LA at its best. During the golden age of Hollywood, Fred Cole, founder of Cole of California swimwear, owned the home. Lucille Ball and Jack Benny lived across the street. Esther Williams, competitive swimmer and MGM movie star, performed at poolside fashion shows. The Cole’s daughter, Ann Cole, who grew up in the home, attended Illuminations. What a joy it was to walk the grounds with her as she recalled her childhood memories!
Actress Brenda Strong, star of “Desperate Housewives” and the new “Dallas” series, served as the Mistress of Ceremonies. The award to Dr. Buyalos was presented by The AFA’s own Dr. Guy Ringler, and the award to Simon Halls was presented by Ryan Murphy, creator of the hit show “Glee”.
Dr. Buyalos spoke about past, present, and future, and about the amazing accomplishments of this extraordinarily young field of medicine, that has made having children a possibility for those who otherwise would not have been able to.
Simon Halls shared his love of his three children, and of his partner, actor Matt Bomer, star of “White Collar”. He spoke eloquently about how their physician, Dr. Ringler, held their hands – at times literally – as they traveled the road to parenthood.
I was filled with a deep sense of appreciation for the work of The AFA. We give people the experience of family. Gay or straight, single or partnered, male or female, we’re here for you.
To all those who made the evening possible – including our event co-chairs Stuart Bell, Richard Vaughn, and Judy Kolb, and staff member Lisa Van Ness – thank you. To everyone who supported the event by attending, and to everyone who supports the work of The AFA throughout the year – we couldn’t do it without you. Here’s to life. Here’s to love. Here’s to family.