The Alfred Mann Foundation, a not-for-profit medical research foundation in California, honored Nancy Young, MD, founder and medical director the hospital’s cochlear implant program for her work in cochlear implants in children. Young is a Professor of Otolaryngology at Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine and was one of a handful of specialists nationwide to have performed more than 1,000 cochlear implants on children.
The legendary Quincy Jones and Debbie Allan were also honored at the gala for their humanitarian and artistic contributions on behalf of children. Other celebrities at the event included Terrence Howard, Andre Agassi, Nigel Lythgoe, Norm Nixon and Berry Gordy. Master of Ceremonies was Philicia Rashad. Entertainers included Prince Poppycock, Chaka Kahn and the Debbie Allan Dancers. Skye Carter, a fourteen-year-old patient of Young’s and who received cochlear implants at Children’s Memorial, was a featured dancer and profiled in a video played at the event.
The annual black-tie gala supports the mission of the Alfred Mann Foundation to bring advanced medical technologies to the public to improve the health of people suffering from debilitating medical conditions including deafness, blindness, diabetes, paralysis and chronic pain. Since its founding by Alfred Mann in 1985, its staff of exceptional scientists, doctors and engineers has played a significant role in bringing many breakthroughs to patients throughout the world.
Ann & Robert H. Lurie Children’s Hospital of Chicago, formerly
Children’s Memorial Hospital, is a 23-story, state-of-the-art hospital
located in downtown Chicago on the campus of its academic partner, Northwestern University Feinberg School of Medicine. Lurie Children’s is ranked as one of the nation’s top children’s hospitals in the U.S.News & World Report 2013-14
Honor Roll rankings. Lurie Children’s provides pediatric care in a
setting that offers the latest benefits and innovations in medical
technology, research and family-friendly design. The hospital relies on
philanthropic support to care for more than 149,000 children each year.