A TIME TO GIVE THANKS, A TIME TO REFLECT

As we get closer to the end of the year, and are surrounded by the various festivities including Thanksgiving, Friendsgiving, Christmas, Hanukkah, Chrismukkah and more, we remember many of the special organizations and events that we have celebrated throughout the year that allow us to give back to our fellow human being outside of the holiday season. Below are just some of those events and organizations that we partook in this year and are looking forward to help again in 2019.

 

Concern Foundation (www.concernfoundation.org)
One of our favorite events each year is the annual fundraising event and block party to raise funds for cancer research. On Saturday, July 14th 2018, Concern Foundation for cancer research successfully produced its 44th annual block party on the backlot of Paramount Studios in Hollywood on the foundation’s 50th anniversary. Themed this year as Cancer Crusaders, the highly anticipated and sold-out event hosted approximately 4,000 guests, successfully raising $1.8 million for cancer research through ticket sales, donations, and bids on auction items.

 We were very excited to taste plenty of LA’s favorite eateries including Dulan’s Soul Food, Button Mash, Herb Alpert’s Vibrato Grill & Jazz, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Fogo de Chao, Fresh Brother’s Pizza and Pink’s Famous Hot Dogs. Besides enjoying the food and drink the foundation had organized, we were happy to enjoy the interactive entertainment including casino-style gaming, a celebrity bar hosting actors Lili Bordán (BATTLESTAR GALACTICA, THE NUN), Gabe Jarret (REAL GENIUS), see the original TV Batmobile, and live and iconic Super Hero “streetmosphere” and more!

 This year, as it done every year, the foundation honored members of the community including John Ferdenzi of Town and Country Event Rentals who was honored with the Spirit of Concern award and recognized for his dedication and commitment, and Dr. Jay & Kris Calvert and family who openly shared their personal experience with cancer. A truly touching event, we commend Concern Foundation for what it’s done and hope its mission to help researchers find a cure for Cancer comes to fruition soon.

 

 

Team Up for Tourettes
In honor of Tourette Syndrome Awareness month earlier this year, producer Devin Denicola produced the charity event “Team Up for Tourette’s”. This year marked their 4th annual charity fundraiser in Hollywood to raise awareness and funds to help children and adults affected by Tourette Syndrome. The event directly benefited both the Tourette Association of America and ScholasTICs, two organizations who are focused on raising awareness and bettering the community affected by Tourette’s.

 Devin Denicola, founder of Denicola Enterprises, is one who has lived with the Tourette Syndrome himself. He states: “I was diagnosed with Tourette Syndrome at age seven, and I know the struggles of trying to cope…I feel it is important to give back to the Tourette community by shedding light on Tourette Syndrome and educating those not well-informed about the disorder.”

 In the end, guests came together that evening and successfully raised funds for the annual event. From our understanding, Devin is already in the process of producing next year’s event and has hinted it to be even bigger and better.  This year, Team Up for Tourette’s was made possible by Steve Meyer Productions Inc, Drip Doctors, Charity Lives, FindASpot, Mitch Carricart Real Estate, Tequila Patron and more!

 

 

Colton Underwood Legacy (http://www.coltonslegacy.org/)
Our third mention may not be a surprise to Bello Mag readers. Earlier in the year, we sat down with Colton Underwood who has completely taken this year into his hands. From professionally having an NFL background, the young athlete and entrepreneur has taken control of the world-known ABC franchise “The Bachelor”. Having aired on the 14th season of “The Bachelorette”, he later went on to star on the franchise spinoff “Bachelor in Paradise” before being crowned as this year’s “Bachelor”. Although he may currently be getting ready for Bachelor Nation and his highly awaited season, much can be said about his dedication in working with children who have been affected by Cystic Fibrosis.

The Legacy Foundation is Underwood’s non-profit organization to empower people with Cystic Fibrosis to live fully, dream and support one another. Much like concern foundation for cancer research, the Foundation raises funds for research and provides equipment and resources for people of all ages living with Cystic Fibrosis.

Since 2015, the Legacy Foundation has given nearly $100,000 in cash and equipment donations to CF patients as well as clinics and research organizations focused on treating people living with Cystic Fibrosis. In fact, he has recently made it his goal to successfully provide an AffloVest to a child from each US state. 

 

We look forward to the various organizations, events positive actions to come out in the next year! 

 

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