CONCERN (Conquer CancerNow) Foundation, one of Los Angeles's best-known and most beloved charities is slated to celebrate its 31st annual wine & food block party, this year entitled Stampede to Conquer Cancer, on Saturday, July 16, 2005 at 6:00 at Paramount Studios in Hollywood. All net proceeds from the Block Party will go towards the second year of funding for 55 cancer researchers as approved by Concern's scientific review committee, in the hopes of conquering cancer now!
Over fifty of LA's top restaurants including Chaya Brasserie, Il Cielo, The Grill on the Alley, Lawrys, Campanile and Kate Mantilini to name a few, will donate their specialty dishes for a night of food and wine tasting surrounded by 4 stages of musical entertainment, live and silent auctions, Western entertainers and friendly games of casino style gaming all in the name of charity.
In attendance will be politicians and celebrities including: Lacey Chabert, Navi Rawat, Constance Zimmer, Michael Copon, Callum Blue, Michelle Krusiec, Kate Walsh, Eric Braeden, Los Angeles Mayor - Antonio Villaraigosa, Sam Rubin, Danny Teeson, June Lockhart, Carlos Alazraqui, Chris McDonald, Dan White, Omar Miller, Terri Vaughn, Torrey DeVitto, Venice Maki.
Over 3,000 people are expected to attend the event which is NOW completely sold-out. Individual ticket prices were $350/person. Although there are no more tickets available for this year's event, you can contact the Concern Foundation to get on their list to be notified about next year's Block Party: http://www.concernfoundation.org/index_contact.html
Concern Foundation has raised over $36 million for cancer research during its 37 year history and keeps administrative overhead low so that $.95 or more of every dollar each year is granted directly to fund critical cancer research. For more information on CONCERN, please call (310) 724-5333.
Since its inception in 1968, CONCERN Foundation, which is dedicated to raising and granting funds to support cancer research worldwide, has broken local ground in many ways: pioneering support of cancer research (specifically in funding young scientists); using the force of celebrity to raise funds; encouraging restaurants and then caterers to share center stage with celebrities to raise money; and pioneering the "block party" fundraiser concept, using the colorful and historic backlot of Paramount Studios. This non-profit organization's fundraising milestones also chronicle a rich era in the entertainment-oriented social history of Los Angeles.
CONCERN Foundation has raised over $30 million for cancer research during its 36-year history. The non-profit, primarily volunteer organization currently funds two ongoing endowments, Lautenberg Center in Israel and Karolinska Institute in Sweden, which support 20 young investigators. In addition, grant recipients for 2004-2005 represent over 20 cancer research projects at leading institutions in the United States and abroad, including: Children's Hospital Los Angeles; University of Massachusetts Medical School; University of California, San Francisco; The University of Toledo; University of Cincinnati; University of Chicago; New York University School of Medicine; Albany Medical College; Thomas Jefferson University; University of California, Davis; The University of Melbourne; University of Miami School of Medicine; University of Kentucky; Ben Gurion University of the Negev; University of California, San Diego; National Jewish Medical and Research Center; Oklahoma State University; USC Keck School of Medicine; San Francisco; Clemson University; Mater Medical Research Institute, and Roswell Park Cancer Institute.