Editor's note: Paul McDonald does not have cancer.
For USC Trojans there is one campus institution arguably more recognizable than the Doheny Library. It is the 901 Club just off campus on Figueroa Street. Not exactly an avenue to higher learning, but certainly an avenue to higher escapism from the pressures of college life.
The second annual 901 Club Reunion in Newport Beach attracted local USC family and friends the evening of Aug. 21, converging upon the Newport Sports Museum in Fashion Island. There was plenty of revelry and reminiscing, but the purpose was not about fun times over beer, football and frat tales.
Rather, the purpose of the evening was about raising money for cancer research. Specifically, the couples paying $275 to attend were funding Kure It!, a cancer research organization established by Trojan Barry Hoeven and his wife, Cinda Galpin Hoeven, with the goal of assisting cancer research scientists working to treat and cure kidney and other cancers. Barry Hoeven takes his goal very seriously — he is battling kidney cancer.
Hoeven joined with a committee of support that includes Rick Allen, Gary Anderson, John Hamilton, Brad Hilgren, Tom Hogan, Mike Mulvihill, Brad Rawlins, and former USC football great Paul McDonald to create awareness for the cause.
From the female camp, dedicated event organizer Kellie Newcombe and donors and activists including Alison McCormick, Danielle Kilpatrick, Caren Edler, Lori Christine and Stephanie Angelos to name a few.
The event itself was loose and loud, casual and upbeat as McDonald shared with his fellow Trojans comments on the upcoming 2010-11 football season at the university that has experienced some big challenges and changes in recent months.
Another USC tradition, Mexican food from El Cholo (on Western Avenue in Los Angeles and now in Irvine as well as other locations) was provided for dinner. Everything at the party was donated and/or underwritten. All proceeds will go to cancer research.
For more information on Kure It!, go to http://www.kureit.org.