LOS ANGELES, Nov. 15, 2016 /PRNewswire/ -- Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs) hosts its annual, star-studded Talk of the Town black-tie gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, Nov. 19, 2016. The gala benefits breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John's Health Center. Award-winning actress, author and producer Dame Joan Collins will receive the Spirit of Entertainment Award; Academy Award-winning actress, director and author Anjelica Huston will be honored with The Spirit of Hollywood Award and Marcel Loh, chief executive, Providence Saint John's Health Center and John Wayne Cancer Institute, will be presented the Spirit of Hope Award. The Bangles will perform. Gloria Gebbia is president; Sheri Rosenblum is gala chair and Beverly Cohen is décor chair. The ABCs was formed 27 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who wanted to devote all their charitable efforts and resources to eradicating cancer. Today the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies is more than 150 members strong and growing. They dedicate their efforts to funding research in breast and prostate cancer at the John Wayne Cancer Institute, and since 1990, have raised more than $14 million. For information, visit abcjw.com. Since 1981, the family of John Wayne has been committed to pioneering cancer research in memory of their father, who died of cancer. For more than 30 years, the courageous and dedicated researchers at the John Wayne Cancer Institute have made groundbreaking discoveries that have changed the way cancer is detected, diagnosed and treated around the world. Today the tradition of excellence continues as the Institute spearheads new research advances, while training the next generation of leaders in the fight against cancer through its renowned Surgical Oncology Fellowship Program. The Institute's programs focus on melanoma, breast, neuro, prostate and gastrointestinal cancers, as well as innovative research in cancer genomics, molecular biomarkers, and chemo- and immunotherapies. With its unique ability to rapidly turn scientific discoveries into novel approaches for early detection and treatment, the Institute provides immediate hope to cancer patients everywhere. For information, visit california.providence.org/john-wayne. Individual tickets $500. For further information, contact Grant Associates at (323) 904-4400.