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About Taste for a Cure

2022 marked the 25th anniversary of the UCLA Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation’s signature event, Taste for a Cure. We presented our Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award to Michael Thorn, President of Entertainment, Fox Entertainment, and to Rob Wade, President of Alternative Entertainment, Fox Entertainment.

Many thanks to our incredible hosts Rob Lowe and Ken Jeong, and our musical guest Robin Thicke, who had the crowd up and dancing!

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 Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center.

For information about Sponsorship for Taste for a Cure 2023, please contact Jacqui Farina at 310-989-4399 or [email protected]

Dana Walden, Michael Thorn and Rob Wade attend Taste for a Cure 2022
Dana Walden with Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award honorees Michael Thorn (left) and Rob Wade

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
Lionsgate Television Group
Tendo Nagenda
Vice President
Original Studio Film Netflix
Dana Walden
Chairman of Disney
General Entertainment Content
Larry Maguire
Vice Chairman - President Emeritus
Founding Partner
Far Niente Winery
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.

Event Sponsors

Premier Sponsors
Inara George and Jake Kasdan
Meg and Lawrence Kasdan
Mike & Wendy Wiley

Anniversary Sponsors
Dana & Matt Walden
Ann C. Rosenfield Foundation
Susan & David Leveton
Bob & Linda Miller Savitt
Pay It Forward Fund
Erik Nickel & Michael Loftis
The Katz Family Foundation
Kathy & Randy Katz
Tendo Nagenda & Chelina Odbert

Patron Sponsors
3 Arts Entertainment
Anne Jonsson
Jane & Michael Jonsson
Jeanne & Gary Newman
James Newton Howard & Annica Howard
John Sloss / Cinetic Media
Jonsson Family Trust
David Jonsson
Don and Eileen Coskey Fracchia and Family
Warner Bros. Animation
Warner Bros. Television Group

Friend Sponsors
BBC Studios
Dr. Beth Karlin
Timothy R. Donahue, MD
Howard Gordon, Alex Gansa and Glenn Geller
Katherine Pope
Keri Shahidi
Maie and Rick St. John
Manizeh Yomtoubian
Paul & Christy Mosesian
Sandbox Entertainment / Jason Owen & Gail Berman
Sandra Stern
SK Global
Madison Wells
Grace Ford Salvatori Foundation
Wanda Cannon
William Tanner

Media Partner
The Hollywood Reporter

Partners Brooks Brothers
Disneyland & Disney's California Adventure
Flowers in Beverly Hills/Vinnie
Kahala Hotel & Resort
LA Dodgers
Park Lane Hotel
Trailer Park
Whitby Hote
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.