Concern Foundation Annual Block Party Raises $1.2 Million for Cancer Research Worldwide

Celebrities and philanthropists from the greater Los Angeles area enjoyed great food and entertainment last Saturday as they helped to raise $1.2 million during one of the city's biggest summer charity events: the Concern Foundation's 30th annual block party.

The event celebrated its 30th anniversary at the Petersen Automotive Museum, providing food, auctions, entertainment and gaming tables for over 2,300 guests.  Celebrities attending the event included Mathew St. Patrick from HBO's "Six Feet Under," KaDee Strickland of The Stepford Wives, Worldwide Wrestling Federation star Chyna, comic Fred Travalena, and Playboy playmates Lauren Hill and Ava Fabian.

With each ticket costing $300 per person, guests wined and dined on catering provided by 25 of Los Angeles's top restaurants, including the famous Pink's Hot Dogs, The Grill on the Alley, Chasen's Chili and Chin Chin.  Other crowd favorites included a fresh sushi bar by the California Sushi Academy, steaks by Lawry's, and fine desserts from The Cheesecake Factory.  Each guest also picked up gift bags filled with complimentary hair and skin products from Bosley Hair Restoration, KMS Hair Products and Ulta.

Guests also enjoyed a bit of cultural flavor with entertainment from around the world.  Performances included the Mariachi Oro Angelina youth band, Chinese Lion Dancers, Perfumes of Araby belly dancers, and the Lithuanian American Community Youth Ensemble.   A tribute show to Elton John and Billy Joel entitled "Face to Face," featuring Joey Reidel and Michael John, also drew the crowd's attention.

The highlight of the evening came during the live and silent auctions, emceed by the entertaining and funny "Everybody Loves Raymond" star Brad Garrett and "Let's Make a Deal" game show host Monty Hall.  Among the prizes auctioned off were vacation getaways, autographed sports and entertainment memorabilia, private dinners from L.A.'s top chefs, spa packages, diamonds and clothing gift certificates, a yellow Labrador puppy, and even a day of golf with Garrett and co-star Ray Romano at a private golf course.

The block party also honored John R. Ohanesian, the President and CEO of Bosley, a world-leader in hair restoration products.  Ohanesian is also a former vice president of St. John's Hospital and Health Center in Santa Monica and Administrator of Health Services for the Los Angeles Olympic Organizing Committee.

 Money raised from the event will provide "seed" money to cancer researchers worldwide in the areas of cancer genetics, cell biology and immunology.  Founded in 1968, the Concern Foundation has raised over $30 million for cancer research during its 36-year history.  Currently, the foundation is funding two endowments at the Lautenberg Center in Israel and the Karolinska Institute in Sweden.

The Concern Foundation is an independent volunteer organization dedicated to raising and granting funds to support cancer research.  For more information, visit


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