The Benefit was a big success.
AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY HONORS PATRICK DEMPSEY AT CALIFORNIA SPIRIT 34 FOOD AND WINE BENEFIT, WITH HOST CHEF ANTONIA LOFASO
LOS ANGELES – The American Cancer Society’s California Spirit 34 Food and Wine Benefit honored actor and activist Patrick Dempsey (The Art of Racing in the Rain) with the 2019 Impact Award for his inspiring work in the fight against cancer through The Dempsey Center in Maine. The event, held on Sunday, August 18 at Sony Pictures Studios in Culver City, was hosted by Antonia Lofaso, celebrated chef and restaurateur.
Honorary chairs Sherry Lansing (Paramount Pictures, STOP CANCER, Stand Up 2 Cancer) and Phil Rosenthal (15-time Emmy Award-winning Everybody Loves Raymond, Spanglish, I’ll have What Phil’s Having and Somebody Feel Phil on Netflix) welcomed the crowd. Actor Harry Lennix (The Blacklist) spoke passionately about the Mission of the American Cancer Society and introduced 15-year-old survivor speaker Caitlin Herron. Influencer June Quan, founder of the popular Instagram page Stir and Style, served as emcee for the benefit. The event was attended by Rebecca Metz (Better Things, Shameless, Coop & Cami Ask the World), Chef Derrick Fox (Master Chef season 6) and Kimberly Fox (actress), among others.
Guests enjoyed offerings from LA’s top restaurants including The Bel-Air; BOA Steakhouse; The Butcher’s Daughter; Charcoal Venice; DAMA; Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House; Eleven City Diner; Faith & Flower; Fig & Olive; Guerilla Tacos; Maple Block Meat Co; McConnell’s Fine Ice Creams; Milla Chocolates; Nic’s On Beverly; Pizzeria Mozza; Prawn Coastal; Takami Sushi & Robata; Wolfgang Puck Catering; and Wood & Vine. Libations were poured by Ammunition Wine; Desparada Wines; Golden Road Brewing; Herman Story Wines; Kikori Whiskey; Michael Mondavi Family Estate; Moraga Bel Air; Mulholland Distilling; Nebula 9; and Seedlip.
Board of Ambassadors sponsors include Centric Capital Advisors; Houlihan Lokey; Paul Ferrente, Inc.; The Sherry Lansing Foundation; David Zuckerman; and Anonymous.
Media sponsors included KTLA5, The Hollywood Reporter; Billboard Magazine; Angeleno Magazine; the Los Angeles Business Journal and KJAZZ Radio.
California Spirit 34 proceeds support the American Cancer Society’s groundbreaking research, free patient and caregiver services, and early detection and prevention education programs. To help the American Cancer Society save lives and attack cancer from every angle, donate by visiting www.calspirit.org or text “CAL” to 91999. For cancer information, visit cancer.org or call 1.800.227.2345 anytime.
PHOTO 5674: On the Pink Carpet at California Spirit Food and Wine Benefit for American Cancer Society: Host Chef Antonia Lofaso, event honorary chairs Phil Rosenthal and Sherry Lansing, event co-chairs JB Wilhelm and Joy Davis, and Jeff Klaas, EVP of American Cancer Society West Region
Photo 9141: On the Pink Carpet at Cal Spirit: Jeff Klaas (EVP American Cancer Society West Region), JB Wilhelm (event co-chair), Patrick Dempsey (honoree), Grace Gunn (singer/performer), Joy Davis (event co-chair), and Harry Lennix (actor NBC “The Blacklist”).
PHOTO 9086: On carpet….Phil Rosenthal and Harry Lennix (descriptions in press release)
MEDIA ALERT: SUNDAY, AUGUST 18
ACTOR PATRICK DEMPSEY TO RECEIVE “IMPACT AWARD” AT AMERICAN CANCER SOCIETY’S
CALIFORNIA SPIRIT 34 GOURMET FOOD AND WINE BENEFIT AT SONY PICTURES
WHAT: American Cancer Society’s CALIFORNIA SPIRIT 34 Food and Wine Benefit
WHO: *Honoring PATRICK DEMPSEY, actor, producer and philanthropist with the “Impact Award” for supporting the fight against cancer at The Dempsey Center in Maine and beyond
*Honorary Chairs SHERRY LANSING, former Chairman and CEO of Paramount Pictures, former President of 20th Century Fox who founded California Spirit for the Society in 1985, and PHIL ROSENTHAL, 15-time Emmy Award winning creator and writer for “Everybody Loves Raymond” and currently starring in “Somebody Feed Phil” on Netflix
*Host Chef ANTONIA LOFASO, TV personality, Cookbook author and executive chef/owner of Black Market Liquor Bar (Studio City), Scopa Italian Roots (Venice, CA) and DAMA (Downtown LA)
*Emcee JUNE QUAN, ESQ., influencer and founder of the popular Instagram page “Stir and Style”
* ADRIAN DEV of HBO’s Westworld, CBS Seal Team, Netflix Medal of Honor, Quentin Tarantino’s Once Upon a Time in Hollywood ft Brad Pitt and Leonardo DiCaprio. His aunt is a breast cancer survivor.
*REBECCA METZ is starring simultaneously on FX’s critically acclaimed series Better Things and the Disney Channel series Coop & Cami Ask The World
WHEN: Sunday, August 18, 2019
4:30-5 pm: Patrick Dempsey, Sherry Lansing and others on “Pink Carpet” and available for interviews
4-6 pm: Pink Carpet with special guests, sponsors, donors
4-6 pm: Music, silent auction, food/wine/spirits from LA’s leading purveyors
6 pm: Formal program, with speakers and award presentation
WHERE: SONY PICTURES STUDIOS, 10202 West Washington Blvd., Culver City
Participating restaurants include: The Bel-Air; BOA Steakhouse; The Butcher’s Daughter; Charcoal Venice; DAMA; Del Frisco’s Double Eagle Steak House; Eleven City Diner; Faith & Flower; Fig & Olive; Guerilla Tacos; Maple Block Meat Co; McConnell’s Ice Cream; Milla Chocolates; Nic’s On Beverly; Pizzeria Mozza; Prawn Coastal; Sweet Lady Jane; Takami Suchi & Robata; Wolfgang Puck Catering; and Wood and Vine. Libations will be poured by Ammunition Wine; Desparada Wines; Golden Road; Herman Story Wines; Kikori Whiskey; Michael Mondavi Family Estate; Moraga Bel Air; Mulholland Distilling; Nebula 9; Seedlip; and Try My T.
BACKGROUND: The American Cancer Society is a global grassroots force of 1.5 million volunteers saving lives in every community. As the largest voluntary health organization, the Society’s efforts have contributed to a 27 percent decline in cancer death rates in the U.S. since 1991, and a 50 percent drop in smoking rates. We’re finding cures as the nation’s largest private, not-for-profit investor in cancer research, ensuring people facing cancer have the help they need and continuing the fight for access to quality health care, lifesaving screenings and more. For more information, to get help, or to join the fight, visit cancer.org, or call 1.800.227.2345.
Board of Ambassador sponsors for Cal Spirit include: Centric Capital Advisors; Houlihan Lokey; Paul Ferrante;
The Sherry Lansing Foundation; David Zuckerman; and Anonymous.
Media sponsors include KTLA5, The Hollywood Reporter, Billboard Magazine, Angeleno Magazine, KJZZ Radio, and the Los Angeles Business Journal.
Bridging the worlds of food, wine and philanthropy, the American Cancer Society’s California Spirit benefit has raised $16 million in the last 33 years to support our mission to save lives, celebrate lives, and lead the fight for a world without cancer.
Tickets to California Spirit are $250 per person and can be purchased online at www.calspirit.org. Sponsorships start at $5,000 and are still available.