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Acs to Honor Patrick Dempsey for Cancer Philanthropy

The American Cancer Society will present actor, producer and philanthropist Patrick Dempsey with the “Impact Award” at the 34th annual California Spirit Food and Wine Benefit, set for August 18 at Sony Pictures in Culver City.

Dempsey founded The Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine in 2008 intending to give back to the community where he grew up, and where his mother Amanda first received treatment for ovarian cancer in 1997. Dempsey continues to support the fight against cancer in a variety of important ways.

Honorary chairs for Cal Spirit 34 are Sherry Lansing and Phil Rosenthal. Lansing is the former CEO of Paramount Pictures who was the first woman to head a Hollywood movie studio; prior to Paramount she was the president of production at 20th Century Fox. Lansing founded California Spirit in 1984 as her way to give back after her mother passed away from ovarian cancer. She has remained committed to the event throughout its 34-year history.

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