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UC Irvine Medal event raises $1.1 million

Celebrated students and alumni perform for honorees and raise funds for scholarship, fellowship programs.

By Susan BelknappPublished: October 05, 2009 10:04 AM

More than 600 people attended A Celebration of Stars on Saturday Oct. 3 at the campus’ Bren Events Center to pay tribute to the 2009 UC Irvine Medal, the university’s highest honor. This year’s honorees are: Anthony James, Fariborz Maseeh, William Parker and Laurel Wilkening.

Chancellor Michael Drake and the University of California, Irvine Foundation hosted the ceremony, which is chaired by James Mazzo, senior vice president at Abbott Laboratories and president of Abbott Medical Optics.

The event is the schools largest community fundraiser for Regents’ Scholarships, graduate fellowships and other programs. Donors pledged $1.1 million to aid critical funding for student support and other key programs.

"To have received such an overwhelming show of support from our community partners, especially in the current economic climate, is truly gratifying," says Drake. "Throughout the evening, we were inspired by the stories of the Medalists, who – along with so many on our campus – are shaping a bright future for our region and beyond."

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