The Concern Foundation for Cancer Research hosted its 45th Annual Block Party on the backlot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood featuring multiple stages of live entertainment, casino style games, live and silent auctions, and food, desserts and beverages from over 70 of Los Angeles’ best restaurants and caterers. Themed this year as California Dreaming to Conquer Cancer, more than 4,000 guests were in attendance, raising $1.8 million for cancer research through ticket sales, donations and bids on auction items.
The backlot streets were filled with over 70 food and beverage vendors including notable classics such as Vibrato Grill + Jazz, Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, The Grill on the Alley, Fogo de Chao, The Urban Oven, Oak Smoke BBQ, STK Los Angeles, Button Mash, La Boheme, Bertha Mae’s Brownie Company, Mykie’s, Buzz Bar, DeLuscious Cookies & Milk, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Porta Via, Stonefire Grill, Bar Hayama, El Floridita Cuban Supper Club, Giacomino Drago Group of Restaurants, Gyu-Kaku, Jayde’s Market, Micoo Mochi Ice Cream, Wurstküche, Factor’s Famous Deli, Dulan’s on Crenshaw Soul Food, and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs just to name a few.
This year’s event also featured The Garagiste Festival Micro-Winery Tastings area, Nuda Tequila, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Asahi Beer U.S.A., Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, Humboldt Distillery, Buzz Box, Reed’s Ginger Brews, The Macallan, COKE Products and Dulce Vida Tequila. Plenty of musical and interactive entertainment held on multiple stages featuring the Tom Nolan Band, D’ City Sound with MC Dwayne, Paul McDonald Group and The MudBug Brass Band.
This year marked Concern’s 45th Annual Block Party and since its inception, Concern has raised over $68 Million Dollars in salary support to 800 gifted cancer scientists studying cancer. This year, in honor of their lifetime of contribution and efforts in support of the Concern Foundation, Judy Carroll, Lexy & John Carroll & the Carroll Family were awarded with the Lifetime of Giving Award.
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