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Taste for a Cure: A Winning Event




UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation (JCCF) took another step toward unraveling the enigma of cancer by hosting its successful Taste for a Cure fundraiser on April 28, 2016, at the Beverly Wilshire hotel in Beverly Hills. The event raised nearly $1 million for cancer research at UCLA, specifically for seed grants for young researchers, impact grants for team collaborations and new technology.

Eileen Coskey Fracchia, a cancer survivor, presented honoree Eric Shanks, president, COO and executive producer of FOX Sports, with the 2016 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award, named in memory of JCCF supporter Gil Nickel, who lost a courageous battle with melanoma in 2003. The JCCF's signature event featured fine American wine and cuisine from distinguished Los Angeles chefs, an awards program, entertainment and a live auction.

Radio and TV sports personalities Colin Cowherd and Charissa Thompson emceed the elegant evening, which included a special musical performance by Kelsea Ballerini, as well as a presentation by actor Terry Crews. 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 served as the evening's co-chairs. Sponsors included the National Football Association, the National Basketball Association and Major League Baseball.

For more information, contact Margaret Steele at: (310) 794-5244


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