Concern Foundation (www.concernfoundation.org) for cancer research hosted its signature Block Party on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood on July 8, 2017. The much anticipated annual event is the organization’s largest fundraiser. The year’s theme was “Kingdom of Concern; An Evening of Feasting, Revelry and Dance.”
The food and entertainment focused event featured some of the city’s top restaurants and alcohol vendors , hosted 4,000 guests and raised $1.7 million to fund research focused on immunology-based methods to treat cancer.
Each year, Concern Foundation honors individuals who are making significant impacts in the community. This year’s Spirit of Concern Humanitarians Award recipients included Kelly Stone, Bruce Singer and Eden Albert. KNX radio’s Frank Mottek served as master of ceremonies for the event.
Derek Alpert, president of Concern Foundation, comments, “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.”
Pennsylvanian born Kelly Stone moved to Los Angeles in the early eighties to continue her work as a nurse. Six years later she had five trauma surgeries and was in and out of wheelchairs for four years. After her ordeal, she realized that 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, who was in attendance at the event, founded the nonprofit organization Plant Hope. Planet Hope provides job fairs, housing, summer camps for homeless, disabled and abused families.
Bruce Singer was born in the Bronx, New York and attended Long Island University and Harvard University for International Law and Foreign Service. After receiving his law degree from Whittier College of Law, he served as a law clerk for LA Criminal and Superior Courts. Together with Kelly Stone, the couple have accomplished many projects to benefit the sick and homeless.
Eden Alpert has been a part of Concern Foundation since its inception. Along with her daughter, Ms. Alpert has actively participated in many fundraisers and events for the cause. She believes that being involved in this cause will make a big difference in the community.
The event also featured a silent auction, celebrity chef demostrations, gaming, hair and makeup services and photo booths, making for a wonderful time for all in attendance. Looking forward to next year’s block party that will celebrate Concern Foundation’s 50th anniversary.
Concern Foundation is an independent, volunteer-driven organization conceived in 1968 by a group of friends who wanted to make sure their dollars counted in the fight against cancer. With 90-95% of net proceeds going directly to research, the foundation has raised more than $60 million dollars and funded 750 cancer research scientists studying cancer, primarily in the areas of cancer genetics, cell biology, and immunology.
Photos Courtesy of Concern Foundation.