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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Concern Foundation’s ‘Block Party’ Raises $1.8M For Cancer Research

CONCERN FOUNDATION–More than 4,000 jammed the legendary backlot of Paramount Studios (below) to raise $1.8 million for cancer research at the Concern Foundation’s 45th “Block Party.” In the honor spotlight was the Carroll family (above). Pictured are (from left): Lexy, Judy, Alex, Whitney, Melanie, and John Carroll. Photo by Chad Villaflores
SPORTS SPECTACULAR–Joining the fun attending the 34th annual Cedars-Sinai/Sports Spectacular in The Compound were (from left): sportscaster and former Laker Robert Horry, co-honoree Breanna Stewart, Sacramento Kings’ Coach Luke Walton and Candice Horry. Photo by Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images

Posted Friday, July 19, 2019 - 7:46 pm

Concern Foundation for Cancer Research produced its 45th “Block Party” on the backlot of Paramount Studios last Saturday featuring multiple stages of live entertainment, casino style games, live and silent auctions, and food, desserts and beverages from more than 70 local restaurants and caterers. Themed this year as “California Dreaming to Conquer Cancer,” the annual event hosted some 4,000 guests, and raised $1.8 million for cancer research.

Since its inception, Concern has brought in $68 million in salary support to 800 gifted scientists studying cancer. In honor of their lifetime contributions and efforts in support of the Concern Foundation, Judy Carroll, Lexy and John Carroll, and the entire Carroll family were awarded with the Lifetime of Giving Award. The successful event was led by the Concern office staff, a team of volunteers and designed once again by John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals.

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Cedars-Sinai/Sports Spectacular presented its 34th annual “Gala Celebration” sponsored by Beyond Meat and Patron on July 15. This year’s event recognized Todd Gurley (NFL Player of the Year Award); WNBA’s Breanna Stewart (Female Athlete of the Year Award); Brad Slater, partner in the Talent Department at William Morris Endeavor (Visionary Award); and the Los Angeles Football Club (Community Spirit Award).

Among those on hand were Kyle Allen, Denise Austin, Nikki Bella, Lindsey Berg, Nate Boyer, Brendan Brazier, Jenn Brown, Bruce Buffer, Jarron Collins, Toi Cook, Scott Elrod, Andy Enfield, Kevin Frazier, Dashon Goldson, Eric Gordon, LZ Granderson, Todd Gurley, Clay Helton, Robert Horry, Michael Irvin, Adoree Jackson, Mark-Anthony Kaye, Snoop Dogg, Ben Lyons, Jaime Maggio, Jami Marseilles, JaVale McGee, Willie McGinest, Shawne Merriman, Tyler Miller, Murda Beatz, Lee Nguyen, Chiney Ogwumike, Nneka Ogwumike, Victor Oladipo, Daron Payne, Gary Payton, Chester Pitts, Dolvett Quince, John Salley, Larry Sanders, Pablo Sisniega, Brad Slater, Breanna Stewart, Nick Swisher and JoAnna Garcia Swisher, Julius Thomas, Earl Watson, Dana White, James Wilks, Tyron Woodley, Walker Zimmerman, among others.

All funds raised benefit the Sports Spectacular Diabetes and Obesity Wellness and Research Center at Cedars-Sinai.

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The American Cancer Society hosts its 34th annual “California Spirit Food and Wine Benefit” on Aug.18 at Sony Pictures Studio in Culver City. Bridging the worlds of food, wine and philanthropy, the event has raised $16 million in the last three decades to support the society’s mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.

Actor/Producer Patrick Dempsey will receive the Impact Award for his philanthropic work in founding The Dempsey Center in Lewiston, Maine to give back to the community where he grew up, and where his mother Amanda first received treatment for ovarian cancer in 1997.

Honorary chairs are Sherry Lansing, former CEO of Paramount Pictures, and Phil Rosenthal, a 15-time Emmy-winning creator/writer for Everyone Loves Raymond, Spanglish, and I’ll Have What Phil’s Having while event co-chairs are Joy Davis and JB Wilhelm. June Quan serves as emcee and the host chef is Antonia Lofaso with more than two dozen of the town’s top restaurants providing the food and beverages.

Tickets are $250 per person and can be purchased online at For information, visit:, call 424-702-4103 or email: Katherine.Moe@

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Another upcoming event will be Sept. 12’s “An Evening on the Beach” at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels (STVMOW). This 10th anniversary edition of the gastro-palooza benefits the country’s largest privately-funded senior nutrition program. With some of the area’s hottest chefs and restaurants participating, guests will also dancing in the late-summer eve beneath a moonlit sky to High Rize, the legendary ensemble “band on the sand.”

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