Photo: Margaret Steele, Executive Director, JCC Foundation & Terry Crews, Actor
Photo Credit: Charlé Moore
As drama TV sitcoms like Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-Nine and VH1’s Hit The Floor wrapped up another season, a few of the stars were able to enjoy some time off by supporting a good cause. UCLA Jonsson Comprehensive Cancer Center (JCCC) held its 21st annual Taste for a Cure fundraiser on Thursday, April 28th at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Los Angeles.
Guest including Fox personalities, Colin Cowherd and Clarissa Thompson, headed the list of Fox family supporting the JCCC’s cancer research benefit and event’s honoree Eric Shanks, Fox’s President, COO, and Executive of FOX Sports, with the 2016 Gil Nickel Humanitarian award. The award was named in memory of JCC supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley’s Far Niente, Nickel and Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost his battle with melanoma in 2003.
Terry Crews, who plays NYPD Sergeant Terry Jeffords on Fox’s Brooklyn Nine-nine, shared that he wanted to come out tonight to not only show his support but also to honor his mother’s battle with cancer.
“My mom passed away from cancer two years ago, and I just believe that cancer research is important because there has got to be a cure. It just needs to be found,” Crews told LA Entertainment news.
Other celebrities in attendance: actress Mischa Barton, Bravo’s Real Housewife of Beverly Hills’ Taylor Armstrong, and Flashdance’s actor, Michael Nouri.
VH1’s Hit the Floor’s Jodi Lyn O’Keefe, who has lost loved ones to cancer, also took the red carpet to share her support and hope for a cure to this dreadful disease.
“Well, everyone that I’ve loss and loved has been from cancer. Anytime that I can show up for a cause like this, I do. I also support a foundation looking for a cure for children’s cancer, and if I am here and I am available, then I am down.”
Following videos of several cancer survivors that have benefitted from the efforts of JCCC, the room’s mood was lightened with music entertainment by country artist, Kelsea Ballerini. Ballerini performed two songs to close the night’s program and in between the songs shared her gratitude for the night’s donations raised for the benefit.
Guests who arrived before the start of the benefit were able to delight on tantalizing dishes by three culinary experts including lobster rolls, lobster Mac-n-cheese, and Kobe beef meatloaf. Throughout the benefit, guests were still able to dine on cheese and charcuterie assortments, and samplings of Dolce wines, accompanied with an assortment of desserts.