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Events: Conquering Cancer with a Huge Block Party: The 43rd Annual Concern Foundation Keeps Up the Good Fight

Guests at the Concern Foundation Block Party in Hollywood, CA on July 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Concern Foundation / The Sprocket Project.

By Jenny Peters and Andy J. Gordon

For the 43rd consecutive year, the Concern Foundation continued its fight against cancer with a huge annual block party fundraiser held on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on July 8, 2017. The foundation has been dedicated to raising money to fund worldwide cancer research almost 50 years; the hugely popular summer block party has been a key source of donations for many of those years.

The 2017 theme was “Kingdom of Concern: An Evening of Feasting, Revelry and Dance,” and they were not kidding! The event was packed with first-rate area restaurants, world-class wineries, craft beers and premium dessert vendors, all spread across the New York City back-lot streets of the studio and offering up their best. The block party had something for everyone’s tastes, including three stages of live music and plenty of casino tables for guests to test their luck (with all proceeds going to the foundation).

Attendees enjoying one of the casino games at the Concern Foundation Block Party in Hollywood, CA on July 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Concern Foundation / The Sprocket Project.

Gambling, dancing or just enjoying the gorgeous evening, the happy crowd certainly enjoyed amazing food. Slab BBQ presented delectable beef brisket sandwiches; STK/The Hideout served melt-in-your-mouth tuna tartare with avocado; and California Sushi Academy made a variety of fresh and tasty hand rolls.

Steamy, delicious pizzas came out of the rolling pizza oven from Urban Oven, while Factor’s Famous Deli had piles of tender corned beef and fresh rye bread for sandwiches. Tavern served delicious braised pork tacos and the Giacomino Drago group of restaurants had an amazing baked spaghetti with wrapped eggplant and mozzarella smothered in tomato-basil sauce.

The delicious pies from Upper Crust Pizzeria at the Concern Foundation Block Party in Hollywood, CA on July 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Concern Foundation / The Sprocket Project.

Bars offered a variety of drinks to wash down the great food. Mama’s Boy Infusions served spicy margaritas, while Tito’s Vodka prepared several cocktails, as did Don Q Rum. Duval, Asahi and Fireman’s Brew had excellent beer selections. Coca Cola products, Pasquini Espresso Co., Weaver’s Coffee & Tea, Peerless Coffee & Tea and Reeds Ginger Brew were available for those seeking alternatives to the alcoholic beverages.

The dessert choices were decadent and delicious. Choctal’s Single Origin chocolate and vanilla ice cream varieties, Bertha Mae’s Brownies and tasty choices from Gluten Free Goddess brought smiles to lots of faces. The night of revelry left everyone fully sated, entertained and proud of their contributions to Concern Foundation’s efforts to finding a cure for cancer, for everyone in attendance made a difference all along the way, with their entry fees, auction purchases, gambling losses and donations going to the cause. Live and silent auctions helped raise an estimated $2 million dollars, with Sharon Stone joining in to help convince the crowd to give big.

This year’s Spirit of Concern Humanitarians Award recipients were Kelly Stone (Sharon’s sister), her husband Bruce Singer and Eden Alpert. “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,” said Derek Alpert, president of Concern Foundation.

Spirit of Concern Humanitarians Award recipients Bruce Singer and Kelly Stone at the Concern Foundation Block Party in Hollywood, CA on July 8, 2017. Photo courtesy of Concern Foundation / The Sprocket Project.

With hopes that one year there will be no more need for their annual block party, the Concern Foundation will nevertheless keep the tradition going until cancer is cured. This year’s event kept up the good fight; we’re already making plans for next summer’s bash, for this is one party that shouldn’t be missed.

About Andy J. Gordon (186 Articles)
<p>Andy J. Gordon, a Los Angeles-based marketing and strategy consultant, made his writing debut in “Brentwood” magazine in 2007. His interests include music, sports, consumer electronics, premium libations, fine dining, travel, fast cars, and enjoying life.</p>