Monday, July 10, 2017

#ConcernFoundation 42nd Annual Block Party in Hollywood raised $ 1.8 milllion

Photos & story by Karen Ostlund (Hollywood, CA)
Entrance of "Kingdom of Concern" at Paramount

 Last Saturday, July 8th, The Concern Foundation for cancer research hosted its 42nd signature Block Party on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood.
July 8, The Concern Foundation Block Party at Paramount Back Lot

 The Block Party is the organization’s largest fundraiser and this year’s theme was “Kingdom of Concern; An Evening of Feasting, Revelry and Dance.” The food and entertainment focused event attracted close to 4,000 guests with a goal to raise funds in research, focused on immunology based methods to treat cancer.

  The Paramount Studios backlot streets were filled with over 75 food and beverage vendors under the direction of Nancy Eisenstadt, Megan Mulcahy and Whitney Carroll.
The Urban Oven Pizza

Notable restaurants were  Vibrato Grill Jazz, Ocean Prime, The Grill on the Alley, Fogo de Chao, Lawry’s The Prime Rib, The Urban Oven, The Palm and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs among many.
Tom Nolan Band was main stage opening and closing performance
 Entertainment  included performances on multiple stages by the Tom Nolan Band, D’ City Sound featuring DJ Dwayne. The evening Master of Ceremonies was KNX1070 News radio’s Frank Mottek. A/V Masters donated all of the audio and visual components.

Musicians going on stage

One of the highlights of the evening was the silent and live auction under the direction of this year’s auction chairs Lynne Fox, Wendi Nogradi, Courtney Teller & Madeline Rose.  Live and silent auction items and packages include one-of-a-kind opportunities, concert and event tickets, restaurants and golf packages.
Pink's Hotdogs:  beef, turkey and vegan

Victorian Horse - theme of Kingdom of Concern
The night featured dancing, casino-style games, Brian Kramer Digital photography studio, Island Ink airbrush tattoos and salon and spa services.
Lawry’s The Prime Rib

For the 13th year Concern helped celebrate The Best of LA 2017® on Los Angeles magazine’s street which featured  lounges, photo booths, food stations, DJ dancing, Peerless Coffee and California wineries.
Sponsor car Infiniti QX 60 2017

2017 Concern Foundation Block Party theme – Kingdom of Concern - raised over $1.8 million.
 Bruce Singer, Kelly Stone & Sharon Stone (stage-photo by J.Barsky)

Each year, the Block Party honors individuals who are making significant impacts in our community. This year’s Spirit of Concern Humanitarians Award recipients were KELLY STONE, BRUCE SINGER and EDEN ALPERT.

Kelly Stone was born in Pennsylvania but moved to LA in the early 80’s to continue her work as a nurse. Six years later she ends up having 5 trauma surgeries and was in and out of wheel chairs for 4 years. After her downfall, she realized the most important thing to have in life is hope. She started getting involved in the homeless community and later in 1993 with the help of her sister and Sharon Stone, they founded a nonprofit organization called Plant Hope. Planet Hope provides job fairs, housing, summer camps for homeless, disabled and abused families.

Bruce Singer was born in Bronx New York and attended Long Island University and Harvard University for International Law and Foreign Service. After getting his law degree from Whitter College of Law he served as a law clerk for Criminal/Superior Courts in LA. He had many successful businesses but he really got not helping the less fortunate when he met Kelly. Together they have accomplished bigger projects to benefit the sick and homeless.

Eden Alpert has been a part of the Concern foundation since the beginning. Her and her daughter have actively participated in many fundraisings and events for the cause. She believes that being involved in this cause will make a big difference in the community. 
La Provence Cafe desserts

“Concern Foundation is proud to honor these exceptional people for their passion, commitment to philanthropy and involvement in the community,” said Derek Alpert, president of Concern Foundation. “They truly exemplify what Concern Foundation represents to the cancer community, locally and around the world. We recognize the most inspiring people in our community at our Block Party and we provide funding to only the best cancer research scientists that are making a difference in conquering cancer.”


Bar Hayama Sushi Rolls
Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer by providing essential funds to support the early yet critical stages of discovery. Since its inception in 1968, Concern has raised and awarded $59 million to over 750 gifted cancer scientists around the world.
For 49 years, Concern has pioneered the advancement of cancer immunology—the study of the relationship between the immune system and  cancer—a field that is now widely acknowledged to hold the most potential for discovering treatments and preventions for cancer.
With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, Concern Foundation has made significant strides toward bridging a major gap in research funding by focusing its grants on young, innovative researchers with breakthrough ideas.
Myself (Karen Ostlund) in Concern Foundation's Photo-booth 3DCheeze

 Kingdom of Concern was an evening of feasting, revelry and dance on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood. The event was led by event chair Lexy Carroll and a team of volunteers and designed once again by John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals.#concernfoundation #teamconcern #concernblockparty


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