foundation celebration 2017 | october 28, 2017

"million dollar dinner"

time line:


speaker: dr. peter salk, president of the jonas salk legacy foundation

Dr. Salk is the President of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation in La Jolla, Calif. He graduated Phi Beta Kappa from Harvard University in 1965 and Alpha Omega Alpha from Johns Hopkins University School of Medicine in 1969. Following two years of training in internal medicine at the University Hospitals of Cleveland, he worked in his father’s laboratory at the Salk Institute from 1972-1984 conducting research on immunotherapy of cancer, autoimmune disease and strategies for vaccine production. He worked again with his father from 1991-1995 on a project to develop an inactivated vaccine for HIV infection, and subsequently worked on the introduction of AIDS treatment programs in Africa and Asia.

As President of the Jonas Salk Legacy Foundation, he is currently devoting attention to the various aspects of his father’s legacy and is actively addressing present and future challenges to global health and wellness.


master of ceremonies: fritz coleman, nbc 4 news & la5 rotarian

Fritz Coleman is NBC4 Southern California's beloved weathercaster for NBC4 News. He joined NBC4 in 1982 as the weekend weathercaster and two years later moved to weekdays, where he has been part of the longest-running evening news team with legendary journalists Chuck Henry, Colleen Williams and Fred Roggin. A Southern California broadcasting icon, he is renowned in the region for his extensive knowledge of weather, his sense of humor and affable personality.  

In addition to his celebrated broadcast career, Fritz is well-known for giving his time to numerous charitable activities, and hosts hundreds of local events to raise awareness for services that benefit underserved communities. His involvement in NBC4's goodwill initiatives has been the foundation to the success of the station's community outreach, including Fritz's Holiday Lights which spotlighted festive neighborhoods lit up for the holiday season. His role in NBC4's Wishing Tree continues the seasonal tradition of spreading good cheer and generosity to many in need. Fritz is also featured as a proud example of the rewards of giving time with NBC4's signature community program, I Am A Volunteer. 

His community work has been recognized by hundreds of prominent organizations, including a Humanitarian Award from the United States House of Representatives for his work with the American Red Cross, as well as honors by groups including the Salvation Army, Shelter Partnership and others.
A long-time stand-up comic who regards Bob Hope and Johnny Carson as heroes, Fritz has done stand-up for decades at local comedy clubs. Fritz has appeared several times on the "The Tonight Show" with Johnny Carson and Jimmy Fallon. He had a number of series and specials that aired on NBC4 including “What a Week,” “It's Fritz,” “Fritz and Friends" and "The Perils of Parenting." He earned four Los Angeles Area Emmy Awards for his work.

venue: jw marriott at la live

Designed to reflect its location in Downtown Los Angeles, the JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE provides a deluxe level of comfort and personal service within a unique hotel environment. Guests enjoy convenient access to L.A., whether visiting the revitalized downtown area or other parts of the city.

The hotel features the most efficient meeting space in Downtown Los Angeles and serves as the Los Angeles Convention Center's headquarters hotel and meeting space. It is steps away from L.A. LIVE, offering sophisticated travelers a front seat to world-class venues like STAPLES Center, Microsoft Theater, The GRAMMY Museum®, Regal Cinemas and a variety of restaurants and nightclubs.

The JW Marriott at L.A. LIVE shares space with The Ritz-Carlton, Los Angeles, and The Ritz-Carlton Residences at L.A. LIVE in a distinctive 54-story tower designed by Gensler.



table tickets:

Tickets to the dinner are still available. Tickets are $135/person. Please contact the District Office at or 310-670-9792 to reserve and pay for your tickets. Checks should be made payable to "Rotary District 5280" and mailed to: 8939 S. Sepulveda Blvd., Suite 210, Los Angeles, CA 90045.



opportunity drawing tickets: 

You could win $3000, $1500, or $500! Opportunity drawing ticket stubs, checks and Multiple Donor Forms are due to the Rotary District 5280 Office  no later than Friday, October 20 and just 8 days before the Foundation Celebration on October 28.  




silent & live auctions 

Earn Paul Harris points by donating or buying a silent or live auction item. 




sponsorship opportunities

Highlight your club, your business or share a message with your fellow Rotarians by advertising in our beautiful printed program.



dress suggestions: black tie optional

The suggested dress code for the Million Dollar Dinner is Black Tie Optional. This is your time to look like a million bucks!