Concern Foundation held its 43rd Annual Block Party on the backlot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood on July 8 raising over $1.7 million for cancer research. Nearly 4,000 guests in attendance enjoyed tastings from a variety of food and beverage vendors including Dulan’s on Crenshaw Soul Food, Button Mash, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, Morton’s Beverly Hills, STK Los Angeles, Trejo’s Tacos, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, and more. Packed with entertainment, Paramount Studios backlot was filled with casino-style games, photo booths, renaissance characters, and live bands. Attendees also got to relax at the Equinox recharge station and checkout the Infiniti Lounge which featured live cooking demonstrations from celebrity chef Scott Conant.
During the event program, the Spirit of Concern Humanitarians awards were presented to Eden Alpert, Kelly Stone, and Bruce Singer. Alpert is a community activist who has worked with several prominent non-profit organizations, while Stone and Singer have been committed to Planet Hope. Their programs provide summer camps, food, warmth resources, medical, and dental care to terminally ill and homeless children. All three honorees were recognized for their local philanthropic efforts and longstanding support of Concern Foundation.
One out of two men and one in three women will be diagnosed with cancer in their lifetime. Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential funds to support the early stages of discovery. Since its inception in 1968, Concern has raised and awarded $59 million to cancer scientists around the world. Its also pioneered the advancement of cancer Immunology, the study of the relationship between the immune system and cancer. Scientific studies in Immunology is now widely acknowledged to hold the most potential for discovering treatments for cancer.
By Kinya Claiborne, STYLE & SOCIETY
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