In its twenty-sixth year, photo l.a. is proud to host its annual opening night gala, newly honoring Weston Naef and welcoming the Lucie Foundation and The John Wayne Cancer Foundation as the 2017 beneficiaries. The gala reception will include speakers, entertainment, and a preview of the most dynamic collaboration of photography yet. The first to view all the exhibited artwork at this year’s fair, Gala attendees will also be treated to delicious catering by Escuela Taqueria, cocktails by Duke Spirits, and desserts by the Confection Co-op. Tickets are $80 in advance and $100 at the door, with proceeds going to the benefit of the lucie foundation and john wayne cancer foundation about the lucie foundation The Lucie Foundation’s mission is to honor master photographers, discover and cultivate emerging talent and promote the appreciation of photography worldwide. The Lucie Foundation established the Month of Photography Los Angeles (MOPLA) to advance the celebration of Photography, through a variety of events and programs designed to inspire and invigorate the photography professional, enthusiast, emerging professional and collector. This year, the Lucie Foundation is our partner in presenting Converge: 11 Days of Featured Photographic Programming (January 12-22, 2017). Both the Lucie Foundation and photo l.a. share a mutual goal: to honor, enliven, and celebrate photography in Los Angeles. Aligning with LA Arts Month in January, the Converge initiative will honor all aspects of photography with multiple exhibitions, events, and celebrations in Los Angeles. In light of this collaboration, the Lucie Foundation’s 9th annual Month of Photography Los Angeles will be moving from April to January 2017. about the john wayne cancer foundation During his own struggle with lung and stomach cancer, John Wayne became passionate about helping others. To honor this side of the late legend's life, his family created the John Wayne Cancer Foundation (JWCF) with the mission to bring courage, strength, and grit to the fight against cancer. JWCF funds novel and innovative programs that improve cancer patients' outcomes and save lives through research, education, awareness and support. The John Wayne Cancer Foundation established the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center in Santa Monica, CA and their research has led to groundbreaking procedures and treatments. JWCF also has programs to support the more than 150 John Wayne Alumni Fellows treating more than 100,000 patients annually nationwide. Their premiere program, Block the Blaze, an innovative awareness and prevention program has educated nearly 250,000 youth in the dangers and signs of skin cancer since its inception.