55th Annual Gala Honoring Hugh Hefner

The Thalians honored Hugh M. Hefner for a lifetime of philanthropy with the annual “Mr. Wonderful” award at their 55th Anniversary Gala at the Playboy Mansion on Saturday, April 30. The event chaired by Kira and Bob Lorsch with Thalians Chairman Ruta Lee benefited The Thalians and Operation Mend and raised nearly one million dollars with more expected to come in. Timothy A. Miller, M.D., Executive Director of Operation Mend at Ronald Reagan UCLA Medical Center ( and himself a Vietnam veteran, received a special award for his work in helping heal soldiers and veterans injured in Iraq and Afghanistan starting with reconstruction surgery.