A promising young ballet company with top-level talent, the Los Angeles Ballet has already become well regarded throughout the world since its establishment in 2004. First appearing onstage in a 2006 production of The Nutcracker, the company has gained recognition for its performances of 13 commissioned world-premiere works and numerous classics from the Balanchine repertory.
The Los Angeles Ballet also operates the Los Angeles Ballet School, which offers a comprehensive curriculum for students of all levels, from novices to seasoned dancers preparing to become professionals. The Los Angeles Ballet partners with other Los Angeles-based organizations to help the disadvantaged through Power of Performance (POP!), which allows the company to offer, at no cost, at least 10 percent of its tickets for each performance to families in need.
About Leslie Kavanaugh:
A dedicated supporter of the arts, Leslie Kavanaugh is a member of The Guild and last season co-hosted an event at the Los Angeles Ballet, during which participants saw a dress rehearsal and toured the company’s facilities. In addition to supporting the Los Angeles Ballet, she serves in leadership roles for several area nonprofits, including Jewish Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles.
As a member of the Board of Directors of the Sheryl Weissberg Lymphoma Research Foundation (SWLRF), Leslie Kavanaugh has helped the organization in its fight against cancer. Ms. Kavanaugh and her peers on the board have helped direct significant funds to lymphoma research at respected institutions in Southern California. The organization currently supports three promising hospitals and facilities.
At Tower Cancer Research Foundation, a Beverly Hills-based institution, SWLRF has helped finance numerous research projects. Tower Cancer Research Foundation currently serves 200 patient volunteers in 50 clinical trials focused on a number of chronic and acute illnesses, frequently providing access to new treatments and medicines. At the City of Hope Comprehensive Cancer Center, SWLRF has supported various research efforts, including new attempts to treat lymphoma through the use of immunotherapy, which utilizes the body’s immune system to carry treatments directly to cells. SWLRF has also sponsored the efforts of Cedars-Sinai Medical Center, which is currently focused on the investigation of new drug treatment modalities and the genetic basis for cancer.
To contribute to the efforts of the Sheryl Weissberg Lymphoma Research Foundation, visit www.swlrf.org.
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