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Signature Event


May 1, 2015

Beverly Wilshire Hotel

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Taste for a Cure 20th Anniversary Benefit Raises Over $1 Million For
UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center

Event Honored Fox Broadcasting Company's David Madden

Evening Celebrating Fine Italian Wine and Cuisine Featured Guests
Matt Bomer, Max Greenfield, Jussie Smollett and more

LOS ANGELES, CA (May 1, 2015) – UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) held their 20th Anniversary Taste for a Cure fundraiser to benefit UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, May 1st at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. Over $1 million was raised – an all-time high fundraising record for the Taste for a Cure event!

The event honored David Madden, President of Entertainment, Fox Broadcasting Company (FOX), with the 2015 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award, named in memory of JCCF supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost a courageous battle with melanoma in 2003. Dinner Committee Co-Chairs included CAA’s Joe Cohen, The Holman Group’s Jon Holman, Far Niente Winery’s Larry Maguire, UTA’s Jay Sures and Fox TV Group co-chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden.

Taste for a Cure, the JCCF’s signature event to benefit UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC), featured a VIP pre-reception, world-class wine and cuisine from LA’s top Italian chefs, an awards program, entertainment and live auction. The intimate gala was emceed by New Girl’s Max Greenfield and featured a special musical performance from Empire’s breakout star, Jussie Smollett, as well as stand-up from Tom Papa, comedian and host of BOOM!, Fox’s anticipated new quiz show. Matt Bomer (Magic Mike XXL) presented Madden with his award. Attendees and supporters included respected business and entertainment leaders, celebrities, as well as wine and food enthusiasts. Read the full press release.

Dinner Committee Co-Chairs

Joe Cohen
Co-head of Television Department
Creative Artists Agency

               Gary Newman            
Co-Chairman and CEO
Fox Television Group

Jon Holman
The Holman Group

Jay Sures
Managing Director
United Talent Agency

Larry Maguire
Far Niente Winery

Dana Walden
Co-Chairman and CEO
Fox Television Group

Dinner Committee

Barbara and Peter Benedek
Deborah and Jonathan Davidson
Ted Gagliano
Dr. Judith C. Gasson
Anita Green for the Green Family Foundation
Jennifer Grey and Clark Gregg
Meg and Lawrence Kasdan
Kathy and Randy Katz
Susan and David Leveton

              Carla and Jim Myerson             
Andrea and David Nevins
Beth Nickel
Erik Nickel
Jennifer and Albert Salke
Jannis Swerman & Company
Martha and Alex Wallau
Manizheh Yomtoubian

Curating Chef
Piero Selvaggio

Participating Chefs

  Vittorio Lucariello
     Beverly Wilshire Hotel   

       Steve Samson         

        Salvatore Marino
            Il Grano    
      Giacomino Drago
          Il Pastaio

To view photos from last year's event, visit our Facebook photo album.

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Last updated: 5/5/2015 12:45:39 PM