BOGART PEDIATRIC CANCER RESEARCH PROGRAM RAISED $200,000 AT 10TH AND
FINAL WINE AFICIONADO DINNER AT SLS HOTEL IN BEVERLY HILLS.
It was a bittersweet moment on May 10th as philanthropic-minded wine connoisseurs assembled at Beverly Hills' glamorous SLS Hotel in support of the 10th and final installment of the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program's annual Wine Aficionado Dinner. This year's theme, titled "Going out in Style," raised $200,000 for bench to bedside research at Children's Hospital Los Angeles, capping off a successful decade of vital fundraising. Since launching in 2003, the dinner has realized over $2.2 million dollars for cutting-edge cancer research. Bogart will continue to hold its annual fundraisers including the upcoming 5th Annual Provident Financial Management Golf Classic on June 18th, the William Morris Endeavor Tennis Classic on July 22nd and the 2nd Annual "A Day of Champions" this October. The Wine Aficionado Dinner planning committee is also in the early stages of planning future distinct wine-focused benefits.
After ten years of hosting unforgettable dinners in some of Los Angeles' most iconic sites, we are pleased to have ended the Bogart Wine Aficionado Dinner on a high note, says event co-chair Howard Gordon. The funds raised over the past 10 years have already resulted in incredible progress in the fields of leukemia and cancer research for infants, children, and adolescents. Countless children from countries around the world will benefit for years to come.
The dinner featured a delectable and visually exciting four-course menu designed by celebrity chef José Andrés, paired to some of the world's most revered and coveted wines. The evening began with a pre-dinner reception, offering Andrés' signature Liquid Nitrogen Caipirinhas, 1997 Salon Champagne and 2007 Kistler Stone Flat Vineyard Chardonnay. To start off the meal, guests enjoyed "wild-caught Florida shrimp, grapefruit segments and mustard greens" paired to 2009 Jean-Marc Roulot Meursault and 2009 Peter Michael "Belle Côte." The second course featured "seared squab, ginger mashed potatoes and cucumber," paired to 2009 Domaine Trapet Pére et Fils, 2009 Comtes Lafon Volnay Santenots du Milieu and 2005 Roumier Morey St-Denis Clos Bussiére. The entrée was "grilled Wagyu flank steak, piquillo pepper confit, and papas Canarias" paired with 2005 Colgin IX Estate Red Wine, 2003 Araujo Eisele Vineyard Cabernet Sauvignon and 2002 Vérité La Muse. Each wine at the dinner was selected and sourced by the wine dinner committee.
This year's dinner also recognized vintner Ann Colgin of Colgin Cellars for her outstanding contributions to charity through wine. Colgin, a Bogart board member, was an integral member of the Wine Aficionado Dinner committee for several years. To date, her wine donations have brought in more than $7 million for various charities throughout the country.
The 2012 dinner concluded with a live auction conducted by Carte du Vin proprietor Jeff Smith. Guests competed with fierce and heated bidding over several collections of highly-collectible rare wines; a private dinner with Burgundy expert Allen Meadows at event co-chair Robert Bookman's historic home, once occupied by legendary Howard Hughes and Katharine Hepburn; a VIP Hollywood experience at 20th Century Fox featuring tickets to a table reading for ABC's "Modern Family," the opportunity to join composer Walter Murphy as he scores an episode of the FOX hit "Family Guy" and the chance to own a piece of television history with an animation cell from the 1996 episode of "The Simpsons: Tree House of Horrors." The auction ended with 20 guests generously donating $500 each to fund laptops for a Bogart Scholar patient. Throughout the dinner's 10 year history, over 200 laptops have been funded.
Celebrities: Mohombi (pop star) Ash Shah (Executive Producer, Spun) Arthur Sarkissian (Producer, Rush Hour) Michael Rotenberg (Producer, Office Space, Executive Producer, "It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia") Bruce Mellon (Executive Producer, Cruel Intentions; Owner, Original Films) Florence Sloan (Producer, Snow Flower and the Secret Fan) Nadine Schiff Rosen (Writer and Executive Producer, Made in America) Pop star Mohombi, founder Joyce Bogart Trabulus and board member Alan Melina
Planning committee members: Robert Bookman (event co-chair, head of Creative Artist Agency's literary department and agency partner) Howard Gordon (event co-chair, former SVP of Cheesecake Factory) Larry Einbund (Provident Financial Management) Stacie Hunt (owner of Splash Production, contributor to KCRW "Good Food," partner at Du Vin) Pam Morton (former GM of Mortons on Melrose) Matt Lichtenberg (Level Four Business Management) Patty Applegate
Board members: Joyce Bogart Trabulus (Bogart founder) John Jameson (Bogart Chairman, Attorney at Latham & Watkins) Craig Ross (Bogart Vice Chairman) Joe Kaczorowski (Bogart Treasurer, Partner at Grosvenor Park) Steve Canepa (Vice President Global Media and Entertainment Industry at IBM) David Shaheen (head of JP Morgan Chase's Entertainment Group) Gary Stiffelman (recording artist attorney at Ziffren, Brittenham LLP) Alan Melina (New Heights Entertainment, Music Publisher and Manager)
About the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program's primary purpose is the financial support of the Bogart Labs at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Bogart is dedicated to continue its support for those programs and projects that are on the cutting-edge of "bench to bedside" research. Bogart funds the diagnosis, treatment, care and cure of leukemia, cancer and AIDS by funding on a research development grant basis. This funding enables the foundation to secure more substantial support from other funding sources. Named in memory of Neil Bogart, the late record and film executive who died of lymphoma at the age of 39, the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program was founded in 1984. Looking to celebrate his life, friends, family and colleagues linked efforts with the beginnings of a pediatric program at Children's Hospital Los Angeles. Songwriter Carole Bayer Sager and Neil's widow, Joyce Bogart Trabulus, cited as an inspiration his love of children and his resolve that one person could make a difference. Today, Bogart, which supported one small laboratory, now supports several research programs whose impact is felt worldwide.
The exciting research that goes into the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program is a result of the unique combination of the leadership, talent and ideas of the researchers and clinicians; the research funding from Bogart; the facilities, staff and patients of the Children's Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA); and the Children's Oncology Group (COG).
An idea begins in the mind of a researcher and is funded by seed grants from Bogart. As the research shows promise, more traditional funding sources become available to expand the research. Because of the relationship between the Labs and CHLA, research jumps at the earliest stage from the bench to bedside of a child, where it is needed most. Through the COG, medical professionals at 120 member facilities around the world have access to this research and are able to cross reference their patients and treatments with the latest protocols.