About Taste for a Cure

Thank you for celebrating with us!

This year on May 10 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, we presented 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.  The program was led by Emmy-Award winning host, radio personality and philanthropist Ryan Seacrest, with a special performance by Roy Wood Jr., comedian and former 'Daily Show' correspondent.  Musical entertainment was provided by the incomparable 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 2025, 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


UCLA Health
David Geffen School of Medicine
Erik Nickel & Michael Loftis
Jake Kasdan & Inara George
Wendy & Mike Wiley
Endeavor TKO


Chami Family Foundation
Ali Jassim
Randy & Kathy Katz
Jay Sures
Sony Pictures Entertainment
United Talent Agency
Dana & Matt Walden
Manizheh Yomtoubian


Brooks Brothers
UCLA Division of Hematology/Oncology
Sloss Eckhouse Dasti Haynes LLP / Cinetic Media
Sandra Stern
Translational Research In Oncology-US (TRIO)


7th Sun Productions / The Shahidi Family
Eileen Coskey Fracchia and Don Fracchia
Del Shaw Moonves Tanaka Finkelstein Lezcano Bobb & Dang
Gelfand, Rennert, & Feldman LLC
General Hospital / Frank Valentini
Grace Ford Salvatori Foundation and Wanda Cannon
Tomoko Matsumoto
June Moredock & Rich Barnett
Robert Morgenstern
Tendo Nagenda
Randy & Susanne Steinberg
William Tanner & Terre Steinbeck
UCLA Department of Head & Neck Surgery
UCLA Department of Medicine
UCLA Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology and UCLA Division of Gynecologic Oncology
UCLA Department of Radiation Oncology
UCLA Department of Surgical Oncology





Alila Napa Valley Resort
Angelini Restaurant
Breakthru Beverage / The Myerson Family
Brooks Brothers
Carnegie Hall
Chinois on Main
Delta Air Lines
Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel, Bella Union
Flowers in Beverly Hills
LA Dodgers / Dave Roberts
Mustard's Grill
Quality Branded Restaurant Group
Tasting Thyme
The Mercer Hotel
The Public Theater
Violetto Restaurant


The Hollywood Reporter





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.