About Taste for a Cure

Celebrate with us Friday, May 10, 2024 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel for Taste for a Cure!

Please join us as we present our Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award to Stephen A. Smith, Executive Producer and Host of ESPN's First Take, New York Times Best Selling author of "Straight Shooter, A Memoir of Second chances and First Takes", and Host of his own podcast: The Stephen A. Smith Show.  This year's host is Emmy-Award winning host, radio personality and philanthropist Ryan Seacrest, and there will be a special performance by Roy Wood Jr., comedian and former 'Daily Show' correspondent.  Musical entertainment will be provided by Seal, Grammy-award winning musician, singer, songwriter and actor.

Taste for a Cure unites the entertainment and epicurean communities and consistently ranks among the top ten culinary events in Southern California. Every year, we look forward to sharing this special evening, all while raising valuable funds for leading-edge cancer research at the UCLA Health Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For information about purchasing tables or sponsorship for Taste for a Cure 2024, please contact Jacqui Farina at 310-989-4399 or [email protected]

Dana Walden, Michael Thorn and Rob Wade attend Taste for a Cure 2022

Taste for a Cure Co-Chairs

Joe Cohen
Head of Television
Creative Artists Agency
Gary Newman
Executive Partner
Attention Capital
E. Brian Dobbins
Talent Manager / Producer
Artist First
Erik Nickel
Far Niente Family of Wines
Jon Holman
The Holman Group
Keri Shahidi
7th Sun Productions
Jake Kasdan
Producer, Director, Writer, Filmmaker
Sandra Stern
Vice Chairman
Lionsgate Television Group
Tendo Nagenda
Film Executive
Dana Walden
Disney Entertainment
 Arthur Wayne
VP, Global Brand Marketing & Communication
Brooks Brothers

Board of Directors

The UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation is guided by a Board of Directors representing community and business leaders united in the commitment to end cancer through research. Click here for the Board of Directors roster.

2024 Event Sponsors

Benefactor Sponsors

UCLA Health David Geffen School of Medicine logo

UCLA Health

David Geffen School of Medicine


Friend Sponsors
Brooks Brothers

Media Partner

The Hollywood Reporter logo


Delta Airlines logo
Alila Napa Valley logo
The Mercer Hotel logo


Robin Thicke performs at Taste for a Cure 2022
Robin Thicke at Taste for a Cure 2022

Be a Sponsor of Taste for a Cure

For information about sponsorship for Taste for a Cure 2023, please contact Jacqui Farina via email or at 310-989-4399.