Saturday, June 16, 2007
The Beverly Wilshire Hotel

Taste for a Cure raises over $840,000 for highest priority cancer research at UCLA

Annual Signature Event featured special performances by singer Mary J. Blige and
Actor/Comedian Kevin Nealon

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) at UCLA celebrated another successful annual fundraiser with Taste for a Cure 2007 raising over $840,000 for highest priority cancer research. This year’s annual epicurean evening, honoring United Talent Agency Partner and Board member Jay Sures, featured a surprise performance by Grammy award-winning artist Mary J. Blige and a standup comedy routine by Kevin Nealon – the evening’s auctioneer and star of Showtime’s Weeds. Dinner Co-Chair Jeffrey Katzenberg presented the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award to Sures on this special evening.

This year’s Taste for a Cure delivered a spectacular presentation of food and wine offerings by Southern California’s top female chefs paired with renowned lady vintners and winemakers from Napa Valley. Host chef Conny Andersson, executive chef at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, oversaw the entire culinary production and created the evening’s dessert course along with Pastry Chef Aaron Lindgren. Guest chefs included Susan Feniger and Mary Sue Milliken of Border Grill and Cuidad, Zov Karamardian of Zov’s Bistro, Evan Kleiman of Angeli Caffé, Josie Le Balch of Josie Restaurant and Suzanne Tracht of Jar. Featured vintners and winemakers included Margaret Duckhorn from Duckhorn Wine Company, Stephanie Putnam of Far Niente, Joy Sterling of Iron Horse Vineyards, Ashley Heisey of Long Meadow Ranch, Oakville Ranch and Marelle Syrah, Beth Nickel of Nickel & Nickel and Beth Novak Milliken of Spottswoode Estate Vineyard and Winery.

The culinary experience was complemented by live and silent auction items ranging from jewelry and concert tickets to priceless travel and culinary experiences.

Since 1996, the JCCF annual event has raised more than $5.5 million for highest priority cancer research at UCLA. The event has also garnered support with attendance and entertainment from Coldplay’s Chris Martin, George Lopez, Jimmy Smits, Sara Silverman, Mark-Paul Gosselaar, Andy Garcia, Fran Drescher, Bob Iger, President and CEO of The Walt Disney Company and his wife Willow Bay.

The JCCF is the single-most important vehicle for raising private funds for cancer research at UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC). For the 7th consecutive year, the JCCC is rated as the best cancer center in California and among the nation’s top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. The JCCC’s dedicated researchers are clearly recognized as international leaders in the discovery of new and better ways to prevent, detect and treat cancer.

Mission:
The JCCF is the single-most important vehicle for raising private funds for cancer research at UCLA, and supports a number of high-priority cancer research efforts focused on converting laboratory discoveries into more effective therapies for cancer patients. For the 7th consecutive year, UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) is rated as the best cancer center in California and among the nation’s top 10 by U.S. News & World Report. The JCCC’s dedicated researchers are clearly recognized as international leaders in the discovery of new and better ways to prevent, detect, and treat cancer.