(Los Angeles, CA) – On Saturday, July 13th 2019, Concern Foundation for Cancer Research successfully produced 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, the highly anticipated event hosted approximately 4,000 guests, successfully raising $1.8 million for cancer research through ticket sales, donations and bids on auction items.
2019 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. The successful event was led by the Concern office staff, a team of volunteers and designed once again by John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals.
For the 15th year in a row, Los Angeles Magazine has been Concern Foundation’s media partner and in their long-lasting relationship, has donated nearly $375,000 to concern foundation to help conquer cancer. This year their “The Best of LA 2019®” on Los Angeles Magazine’s street featured relaxing lounge furnished by Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, photo booths by INFINITI, treats and beverages from ArcLight Cinemas, Seedlip, and Don Francisco’s Coffee, DJ dancing and much more.
The backlot streets were filled with over 70 food and beverage vendors under the direction of Nancy Eisenstadt including notable classics such as Vibrato Grill Jazz, Ocean Prime, The Grill on the Alley, Fogo de Chao, Urban Oven, Oak Smoke BBQ, STK Los Angeles, Button Mash, La Boheme, Bertha Mae’s Brownie Company, Mychals, Buzz Bar, DeLuscious Cookies & Milk, Fry Girl, Maria’s Italian Kitchen, Ocean Prime Beverly Hills, Porta Via, Stonefire Grill, Outdoor Grill, Bar Hayama El Floridita, Factor’s Famous Deli, Dulan’s on Crenshaw Soul Food, Marmalade Café 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, Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, Humbolt Distillery, Bulletproof, Buzz Box, Reed’s Ginger Brews, Beauty and the Bar, COKE Products and Dulce Vida Tequila. Plenty of musical and interactive entertainment were held on multiple stages featuring the Tom Nolan Band, D’ City Sound with MC Dwayne, Paul McDonald Group and The MudBug Brass Band. Other event highlights included limited edition poster giveaways sponsored by A Good Print, Island Ink airbrushed tattoos, Foto Spark services, Vita Perfetta creative experiences, spa services provided by Beauty Bus Foundation and a Ferris Wheel which guests enjoyed throughout the night.
For more information about the 2019 Block Party and the Concern Foundation, please visit www.concernfoundation.org. Guests who could not be in attendance may still donate to the Concern Foundation by texting Concern19 to “52182”.
More information on Concern Foundation:
CONCERN is an appropriate acronym (CONquer canCER Now) for one of Los Angeles’s best-known and most beloved charities. 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. This non-profit organization’s fundraising milestones also chronicle a rich era in the entertainment-oriented social history of Los Angeles.
Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential funds to support the early yet critical stages of discovery. To date, Concern has raised and awarded over $68 million to 800 gifted cancer scientists around the world.
For 51 years, Concern has pioneered the advancement of cancer immunology—the study of the relationship between the immune system and cancer—a field that is now widely acknowledged to hold the most potential for discovering treatments and preventions for cancer.
With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, Concern Foundation has made significant strides toward bridging a major gap in research funding by focusing its grants on young, innovative researchers with breakthrough ideas.