The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA will host its 16th annual signature fundraiser, Taste for a Cure, on April 15, 2011 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
This year’s event honors Showtime Networks President of Entertainment, David Nevins, with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Award-winning actress Laura Linney, star of “The Big C” on Showtime, will serve as Honorary Co-Chair. Other event co-chairs include Jon Holman, Larry Maguire, Jay Sures and Dana Walden.
Actress, singer and dancer Julianne Hough, star of the upcoming feature film “Footloose,” and Broadway, television and film actor and singer Matthew Morrison, best known for his role as Will Schuester on the television show ”Glee,” will perform. Michael C. Hall, star and co-producer of the Showtime series Dexter, and Eric Stonestreet of “Modern Family” are expected to attend.
Taste for a Cure’s wine and food tasting reception will feature 15 wineries from Willamette Valley, Oregon’s leading wine region, recognized as one of the premier Pinot Noir producing areas in the world. The Napa Valley Wineries Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce, long-time event supporters, will serve as honorary wine partners.
The event will also feature signature dishes from restaurants of the Willamette Valley, including JORY at The Allison Inn & Spa, Wildwood Restaurant, The Painted Lady, Lincoln Restaurant and Beaker & Flask. Since its inception, Taste for A Cure has sought to feature the best in food, wine and entertainment in support of the fight against cancer. In addition to the reception, the evening will include an awards program, live entertainment and a live auction.
“We look forward to recognizing David Nevins as our honoree,” said Judith C. Gasson, director of UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “David’s commitment to putting the spotlight on the personal subject of cancer through “The Big C” and his dedication to philanthropy so aptly reflect the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award.”
This award was created in memory of cancer center foundation event supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley's Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost a courageous battle against melanoma in October 2003.
President of Entertainment of Showtime Networks Inc., Nivens is responsible for developing, acquiring and supervising all aspects of programming for all Showtime Network channels. The first projects green lighted by Nevins at Showtime include “Homeland,” “House of Lies,” “Episodes” and “Shameless.”
An Emmy Award-winning producer and veteran network and studio programming executive, he served as president of Imagine Television from July 2002 until June 2010, where he oversaw development, production and acted as executive producer on all Imagine Television shows, including “Friday Night Lights,” “Arrested Development,” “Lie to Me” and “Parenthood.” In addition, he oversaw production for the Emmy and Golden Globe Award-winning series “24.” Prior to joining Imagine, Nevins served as executive vice president for programming at Fox Broadcasting Company, where he oversaw all development and current programming for both comedy and drama series.
The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, founded in 1945, is the single most important vehicle for raising private funds for cancer research at UCLA. UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center is ranked among the nation's top 10 cancer centers by U.S. News & World Report. Cancer center researchers are recognized as international leaders in the discovery of new and better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.
For information on the foundation, visit www.cancer.ucla.edu. For tickets and information on Taste for a Cure, visit www.tasteforacure.com or call LPA Events at 310-201-5033. Individual tickets are $500 per person, sponsorships begin at $5,000.