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American Cancer Society Annual California Spirit 33 Gourmet Garden Party a Big Success

LOS ANGELES – July 15, 2018 – The American Cancer Society held their annual California Spirit 33 gourmet garden party at the lovely Sony studios in Culver city over the past weekend.

This year, the ACS the 2018 Impact award to Chef Ming Tsai for his inspiring work in the fight against cancer through his leadership in the national non-profit Family Reach. Celebrity Chef and TV personality Javier Plascencia, was the host for this years event with Chef Jason Fullilove, owner of Barbara Jean LA presided as Culinary Chair for the event.

This years event consisted of Honorary chairs Sherry Lansing an executive for Paramount and Phil Rosenthal, Emmy Award-winning producer who welcomed the crowd and Andrew Firestone of StonePark Capital presided over the live auction. Many celebrities were in attendance some of who were Sophia Bush (One Tree Hill, Chicago P.D.), Sharon Lawrence (NYPD Blue), Samantha Harris (Dancing with the Stars and Camila Banus (Days of Our Lives).

Guests got to savour samplings from some of LA's top restaurants including The Bel-Air, BOA, Fig & Olive, Frida Mexican Cuisine, Guerilla Tacos, Kato, Life Energy Food, 71 Above, Barbara Jean LA, Takami Sushi & Robata, Maple Block Meat Co, McConnell's Fine Ice Creams, Panini Kabob Grill, Prawn Coastal, Sweet Lady Jane, The Wallace, Wolfgang Puck Catering, and Wood & Vine. To go with the delicious food, guests has access to the wine bar where Libations were poured by Codigo 1530 Tequila, Danone Waters of America, Drake's Organic Vodka & Rum, Ammunition Wine, Golden Road Brewing, Hilltop Coffee, Lillet, Kikori Whiskey, Moraga Bel Air, Malibu Vineyards, and The Ojai Vineyard.

Guests in attendance were treated to something very special by Band From TV, a powerhouse of well-known and acclaimed actors including Greg Grunberg, Adrian Pasdar, Jack Coleman, and Scott Grimes.

The events main goal was to raise awareness and as many funds as possible for their wonderful ACS cause. Corporate and individual sponsors include, Cedars Sinai Samuel Oschin Comprehensive Cancer Institute, Sam and Peggy Grossman, Sherry Lansing, New York Film Academy Foundation, and Phil & Monica Rosenthal. Supporters at the Sous Chef level were Amalfi Estates, Heyler Realty, Lynn Both & Kent Kresa, SoCalGas, and Torrance Memorial Medical Center.

Media sponsors included KTLA-TV, Variety, Angeleno, The Hollywood Reporter, and KJAZZ Radio.

California Spirit raised a great amount of funds for the Society's groundbreaking research, free patient and caregiver services, and early detection and prevention education programs. It was a wonderful evening enjoyed by all devouring some of LA's best food and wine and raising money for a great cause at the same time.


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