LOS ANGELES, Oct. 25, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- The 2016 Visionary Ball, sponsored by Edie Baskin Bronson and Richard "Skip" Bronson and benefiting the UCLA Department of Neurosurgery under the direction of department chair and professor Dr. Neil A. Martin, W. Eugene Stern Chair in Neurosurgery, will honor Michael V. Lewis with the Visionary Award; Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., with the Medical Visionary Award; Donald P. Bellisario with the Courage Award and Jon Lovitz with the Rodney Respect Award on Thursday, October 27, 2016 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Beverly Hills. The always star-studded evening features Emmy Award-winning television personality Larry Wilmore as host and a performance by India Carney. Honorary chairs are Roma Downey and Mark Burnett; gala chairs are Edie Baskin Bronson and Susan Dolgen.
Michael V. Lewis is CEO and co-founder of RealD and is a globally recognized leader in visual technology. Linda M. Liau, M.D., Ph.D., M.B.A., is vice chair of research and a professor in the Department of Neurosurgery at the David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA. Dr. Liau and her research team have developed the first personalized brain cancer vaccine in the United States. Prolific writer, producer and director Donald P. Bellisario, recipient of a "star" on the Hollywood Walk of Fame, gained notoriety as the creator/producer of groundbreaking television series such as Magnum P.I., Quantum Leap, JAG, NCIS and Battlestar Galactica. Jon Lovitz is an Emmy Award-winning comedian who, during his tenure at Saturday Night Live, Lovitz created some of the most memorable and inventive characters in the show's history.