Jill and Jack Black
Jill and Jack Black with presenter Billy Robles (center) accepting The Spirit of Life Award on behalf of the Black family

UKRO held a very successful ninth benefit dinner on March 9, 2019 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel in support of the USC/UKRO Kidney Research Center. More than 300 guests gathered to celebrate outstanding leaders in science, healthcare, and philanthropy. ABC7 Eyewitness News anchor and living kidney donor Phillip Palmer served as Master of Ceremonies with uncommon grace and erudition. Entertainment included the USC Trojan Marching Band and the Motown-inspired Detroit Nights.


The Family of Joyce and Stanley BlackThe Spirit of Life Award

Syed Arif Rizvi, M.D., FACP, President of California Kidney Specialists and Medical Director of La Puente Dialysis Center – Award for Excellence in Clinical Care

Laura Perin, Ph.D., Assistant Professor of Research Urology, Keck School of Medicine of USC, Co-Director of the GOFARR Laboratory at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles


Kevin V. Lemley, M.D., Ph.D., Attending Physician, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Professor of Pediatrics (Clinical Scholar), Keck School of Medicine of USC – Extraordinary Achievement Advancing the Frontiers of Renal Research