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American Idol Winner David Cook to Perform at and Jimmy Kimmel to Host Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's 'Taste for a Cure' on June 21

BEVERLY HILLS, Calif., June 11 /PRNewswire/ -- The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA, a non-profit organization dedicated to raising private funds for highest priority cancer research, hosts its 13th annual Taste for a Cure, Saturday, June 21, at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. FOX Broadcasting Company President of Entertainment Kevin Reilly receives the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award. Jimmy Kimmel hosts the event and 2008 "American Idol" winner David Cook performs. Event co-chairs are Barbara Fairchild - Editor-in-Chief, Bon Appetit magazine, Jon Holman - President, The Holman Group, Stephen McPherson - President, Entertainment, ABC and Jay Sures - Partner and Board Member, United Talent Agency.

Taste for a Cure, a luxurious wine and food tasting reception followed by a seated dinner features the creations of award-winning chefs selected to prepare the tasting menu and dinner. This year's chefs are Lee Hefter and Ari Rosenson of CUT; Joachim Splichal of Nick & Stef's; and Paul Villa and Nick Kislo of BOA Steakhouse. Participating vineyards include Au Bon Climat, Beaulieu Vineyard, Dolce Winery, Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Terrabianca.

The Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award was created in memory of Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation event supporter Gil Nickel, proprietor of Napa Valley's Far Niente, Nickel & Nickel and Dolce wineries, who lost a courageous battle against melanoma in October 2003. The Award was established to honor key individuals for their humanitarian efforts, community involvement and commitment to philanthropy.

Kevin Reilly was named President, Entertainment for FOX in July 2007. He is responsible for all primetime series and development, late-night programming and creative strategy for the network. Reilly joined FOX from NBC, where he served as President, Entertainment. Throughout his career, Reilly has distinguished himself by developing and supervising some of the most successful programming in recent TV history including "Heroes," "30 Rock," "My Name is Earl," Emmy Award-winning "The Office," and "ER;" HBO's "The Sopranos;" FX's "The Shield" and "Nip/Tuck." A graduate of Cornell University, he lives in Pacific Palisades with his wife Cristin, and three sons.

For information on UCLA's Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation, visit For event tickets and information, visit or call Levy, Pazanti & Associates at 310-201-5033.

SOURCE The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA
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