UCLA’s 22nd Annual Taste For A Cure Event To Take Place 4/28 #TasteForACure

UCLA's 22nd Annual Taste For A Cure Event To Take Place 4/28

The information about UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation 22nd Annual Taste For A Cure came to my email today and I thought I would share it with all of you. Unfortunately, we all have been touched by cancer. Either we have battled it ourselves or we have a loved one who has. I have known many people to be taken by cancer and this really hit home to me as my grandmother lost her battle with Multiple Myeloma a few years ago. If you would like to donate or help in any way, there is information about who to contact at the bottom of this press release.

UCLA’s 22nd Annual Taste For A Cure Event To Take Place 4/28

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA (JCCF) hosts its 22nd annual Taste for a Cure Event on Friday, April 28 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Yael and Scooter Braun will receive the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award, hosted by Academy Award nominated actress, Angela Bassett. Yael Braun, founder of Motherlucker and co-founder of Fcancer, is a pioneer in activating Gen-Y to engage with their parents about early detection, preventative lifestyle and communication around cancer. Scooter Braun, founder of SB Projects, is one of the entertainment industry’s biggest power brokers who incorporates social good into every initiative. 

Event co-chairs include Dana Walden, Co-Chairman & CEO of FOX Television Group, Gary Newman, Co-Chairman & CEO of FOX Television Group, Joe Cohen, Co-Head of Television at Creative Artists Agency, Jay Sures, Managing Director at United Talent Agency, Jon Holman, President of The Holman Group, and Larry Maguire, President of Far Niente Winery. Modern Luxury Angeleno magazine will serve as the media partner.

A highlight of the evening will be a performance by international superstar Ariana Grande. This year’s event will also include delicious wine tastings, sensational cuisine, a live auction, and a performance by comedian Jerrod Carmichael, star of The Carmichael Show.

The epicurean culinary team will deliver a unique twist on the California experience by preparing tantalizing dishes from The District by Hannah An, Locanda del Lago and The Beverly Wilshire for all to enjoy.

“This is a special year for UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation as it marks our 22nd anniversary of Taste for a Cure established to raise money for UCLA’s highest priority cancer research,” said JCCF Chairman, Randy Katz. “We are excited to present Yael and Scooter Braun with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award in recognition of their dedication to the fight against cancer.”

Yael and Scooter Braun join previous honorees, Dana Walden, Gary Newman, Kevin Reilly, Joe Cohen, Jay Sures, Jennifer Salke and Eric Shanks. The Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award was created in memory of Gil Nickel, proprietor of Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost a courageous battle against melanoma in October 2003. The Award honors key individuals for their humanitarian efforts, community involvement and commitment to philanthropy.

Over the past 21 years, the event has raised funds over $11 million for highest priority cancer research at UCLA.

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About Dawn McAlexander

Dawn is a full time travel and lifestyle blogger. Besides Cheap Is The New Classy, she also owns and writes for EatPlayRock.com, an entertainment site. Her interests include traveling, home decor, DIY projects, organizing her home and enjoying a nice cup of coffee {or two}. She currently resides in North Carolina with her dog, Daisy.


  1. This sounds like it’s going to be a pretty phenomenal event! I love when events support great causes and we all know that a cure needs to be found for so many types of cancer, and fast!

  2. This sounds like it’s going to be such a great event. I think it’s important that we never lose sight of the goal – a cure for cancer!

  3. Reesa Lewandowski says

    What an amazing event!!! I truly hope to see a cure for cancer in my lifetime!

  4. The event looks to be outstanding and the cause is so vital to so many people and families. I hope they exceed their goals.

  5. Jeni Hawkins says

    This event sounds like it will be awesome. Such an amazing cause!

  6. I have never heard of this but it is awesome. I would love to attend something like it.

  7. What a wonderful event! Sounds like a great evening and even better, it’s for a great cause.

  8. The Taste for a Cure Event sounds like it is going to be an amazing night. I would love to be able to attend.

  9. Claudia Krusch says

    I look forward to read about the Taste for a Cure Event. I bet it is going to be an amazing night.

  10. This sounds like a great event that benefits a good cause! Thanks for sharing about it 🙂

  11. I really like learning about events like this to benefit a GREAT cause!!

  12. So kind of you to share about an event for a worthy cause! I know a few people who have lost their loved ones to cancer and it’s devastating. I sure hope a real cure for cancer will happen soon!

  13. This sounds like such an amazing event. Such a worthy cause. There are so many people that have lost those near and dear to them and it’s just so sad. I sure hope they find a cure asap.