Taste for a Cure

| May 11, 2015 | Parties

The 20th anniversary Taste for a Cure benefit raised over $1 million for UCLA's Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center, which is dedicated to understanding, treating and defeating cancer. The event honored David Madden, President of Entertainment at FOX, with the 2015 Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award, named in memory of JCCF supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost a courageous battle with melanoma in 2003. The gala was emceed by New Girl’s Max Greenfield and featured a special musical performance from Empire’s breakout star, Jussie Smollett. Matt Bomer (Magic Mike XXL) presented Madden with his award. 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. Premier wines from prestigious Italian wineries and signature dishes from distinguished Italian chefs were among the evening’s highlights. Chef Piero Selvaggio of Valentino acted as the curating chef. Other chefs involved included The Four Season's Vittorio Lucariello, Sotto’s Steve Samson and Zach Pollack, Il Pastaio’s Giacomino and Tanino Drago and Il Grano’s Salvatore Marino.

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