20th annual Taste for a Cure raises over $1 million for UCLA

UCLA/The chefs of Taste for a Cure: Tommaso Tarantino, Tanino Drago, Piero Selvaggio, Salvatore Marino, Giacomino Drago, Vittorio Lucariello and Steve Samson.

UCLA’s Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation held its 20th annual Taste for a Cure fundraiser to benefit UCLA’s Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center on Friday, May 1 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles. The event raised over $1 million — a record for Taste for a Cure.

The event honored David Madden, president of entertainment at Fox Broadcasting Company, with the 2015 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. The award was named in memory of JCCF supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Far Niente, Nickel and Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost his battle with melanoma in 2003. Dinner committee co-chairs included CAA’s Joe Cohen, the Holman Group’s Jon Holman, Far Niente Winery’s Larry Maguire, UTA’s Jay Sures and Fox TV Group co-chairs Gary Newman and Dana Walden.

“We are incredibly proud of Taste for a Cure’s legacy and the tangible strides we’ve made in cancer research over the past 20 years,” said Dr. Judith Gasson, director of the Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center. “As we celebrate two decades of groundbreaking scientific advances, we also are thrilled to recognize David Madden. Madden has long been acknowledged for his talent and leadership in the entertainment business, but at Taste for a Cure we honor him for his dedication to our community. I am proud that our industry partners have been so keen to get involved in this important cause and I want to thank David and the co-chairs for their tireless commitment that makes this special event possible.”

The gifts are part of the Centennial Campaign for UCLA, a $4.2 billon fundraising drive scheduled to conclude in 2019, the university’s 100th anniversary.

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