Posted: Monday, July 16, 2018 – 1:17 PM
The third annual “Rock for Research” Sunday at a private Beverly Hills estate, sponsored by the Cedars-Sinai Medical Center’s Board of Governors, raised more than $480,000 for the Board of Governors’ Regenerative Medicine Institute.
The festival-style concert featured top musicians as well as food and beverage tastings from well-known local restaurants.
Nearly 1,000 people attended, including business and entertainment leaders as well as prominent philanthropists.
The Regenerative Medicine Institute aims to transform the treatment of some of the most serious diseases such as ALS, diabetes, Crohn’s and cancer by using a person’s own stem cells to replace their damaged tissue.
The Board of Governors is currently in the midst of a campaign to raise $30 million in additional support. Funds raised at this event and other board activities are used to directly support these innovative cell-based treatments that could lead to new treatments.
Performers at Rock for Research included Big Bad Voodoo Daddy, the well-known swing revival band from Southern California, and R&B artist Sheléa Frazier.
Restaurants taking part included The Grill on the Alley, Craig’s Border Grill, Wally’s Beverly Hills, Il Pastaio, Shake Shack and Pink’s Hot Dogs.
Dr. Clive Svendsen, director of the institute, addressed the gathering to share the latest developments and discoveries in the field.