Concern Foundations Fundraiser Block Party Extravaganza at Paramount Studios

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July 9, 2017

By: Christy Oldham

It was a splendid medieval evening of feasting, revelry and dance on the back lot of Paramount Pictures Studios in Hollywood, last night. It was the Concern Foundation’s 43rd Annual Block Party fundraiser extravaganza to help raise research funds for methods on treating cancer. For over 4 decades, thousands of people have filled the famous back lot to lend their support in helping torpedo the disease while also enjoying delicious taste offerings from some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants and caterers.

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This year’s theme was Kingdom of Concern-reflecting the honor, chivalry and ethos of the Middle Ages. Actors dressed as peasant women and men and wandering troubadours mingled among guests.

Peasant men and women. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Peasant men and women. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com
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Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Each year, The Block Party also honors individuals who make significant positive impacts on the community. And this year, Kelly Stone, Bruce Singer and Eden Alpert received the Spirit of Concern Humanitarians Award for their passionate commitment to philanthropy and involvement in the community.

Eden Alpert enjoys The Block Party revelry with her friend Brian Anastasio. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Eden Alpert enjoys The Block Party revelry with her friend Brian Anastasio. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Highlights from some of Los Angeles’ finest restaurants and caterers:

The Flats Restaurant. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com
The Flats Restaurant. Photo credit DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Burt Bakman (L) and Tony LaPenna representing Slab BBQ. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Burt Bakman (L) and Tony LaPenna representing Slab BBQ. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Melanie Martin serves up a delicious offering from Via Alloro Restaurant. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Melanie Martin serves up a delicious offering to a guest from Via Alloro Restaurant. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Donya Mayhorn of BuzzBox Premium Cocktails helped guests feel the Medieval vibe with delicious libations. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Donya Mayhorn of BuzzBox Premium Cocktails helped guests feel the Medieval vibe with delicious libations. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
A Block Party guest receives a Morton's Steakhouse slider from its event manager Courtney Nakagawa. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
A Block Party guest receives a Morton’s Steakhouse slider from its event manager Courtney Nakagawa. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Dandy Don's Ice Cream. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Dandy Don’s Ice Cream. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Gregory A. Dulan, owner of Dulans on Crenshaw, was serving up classic Southern and Soul food with all the fixings. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Gregory A. Dulan, owner of Dulans on Crenshaw, was serving up classic Southern and Soul food with all the fixings. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Jeremy Greene (R) and Mike Filanowski of PopChips. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Jeremy Greene (R) and Mike Filanowski of PopChips kept the celebration going. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Deluca Trattoria Restaurant representatives. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Deluca Trattoria Restaurant representatives. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Miracle NOODLE owner Jonathan Carp delivered healthy, gluten free vegan samples of his plant based pasta and rice dishes. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Miracle NOODLE owner Jonathan Carp delivered healthy, gluten free vegan samples of his plant based pasta and rice dishes to eager guests. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Miles Revis, manager of Button Mash, was all smiles at The Block Party. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Miles Revis, manager of Button Mash, was all smiles at The Block Party. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Gourmet chocolatier and owner of Compartes Los Angeles Jonathan Grahm. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Gourmet chocolatier and owner of Compartes Los Angeles- Jonathan Grahm. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Upper Crust Pizzeria was serving up hot and delicious slices for all. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Upper Crust Pizzeria was serving up hot and delicious slices for all. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
The Beauty Bus Foundation reps (LtoR) Bonnie Kleiger with volunteers Keely and Andrea, were helping guests look their best during the festivities. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
The Beauty Bus Foundation reps (LtoR) Bonnie Kleiger with volunteers Keely and Andrea, were helping guests look their best during the festivities. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Guests used their Casino Play Money to win big at The Block Party. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Guests used their Casino Play Money to win big at The Block Party. Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
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Delicious feasts and tasty drinks around every corner of this years Concern Foundation Block Party. See you next year! Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Delicious feasts and tasty drinks around every corner of this years Concern Foundation Block Party. See you next year! Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com

 

About Kelly Stone & Bruce Singer

Kelly Stone and Bruce Singer. Photo courtesy of EF PR for DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Kelly Stone and Bruce Singer. Photo courtesy of EF PR for DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Kelly and her sister, actress Sharon Stone, founded an organization in 1993 called Planet Hope that provides outreach and educational resources to homeless, abused and terminally ill children. Kelly’s husband, Bruce Singer, volunteers and heads its many programs including summer camp, food and warmth resources, medical care and even a prom outreach to underprivileged girls.

 

 

 

 

About Eden Alpert

Eden Alpert. Photo courtesy of EF PR for DemiGoddessChronicle.com
Eden Alpert. Photo courtesy of EF PR for DemiGoddessChronicle.com

Eden is a partner at the Vibrato Grill Jazz Club and a community activist. Her affinity for helping youth can be seen with her many event and organization involvements, including The Boys and Girls Club. She is a long standing restaurant vendor at The Block Party and has been an active participant in many fundraising and “friend-raising” Concern Foundation events.

 

For more info on the Concern Foundation: call 310-360-6100 or click HERE

 

 

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Photo credit: DemiGoddessChronicle.com
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Christy was educated in Paris at École des hautes études commerciales de Paris (HEC Paris), an international business school in France and studied film and television at LACC (Los Angeles Community College). She is a business owner, published author and a critically acclaimed independent filmmaker. Her 20 year body of cinema work to date includes 2 feature films, 15 short films and one web series. She is a writer, producer, director, cinematographer, actress and editor. Her headlining film credit includes the vigilante feature film "Barracuda" (Released in 2014 by Maverick Entertainment Group) which earned her critical filmmaker acclaim including 3 Best Picture awards at multiple U.S. film festivals. In 2017, she directed 3 episodes of the post-apocalyptic web series "Vape Warz", which she also wrote and produced. It premiered at the 2017 Mediterranean Film festival Cannes in the south of France and received an Honorable Mention for Best Web Series and is now streaming on Amazon. In 2019, she released her first foreign short film "Perdu à France" ("Lost In Provence")- also streaming on Amazon. She lives in Los Angeles.

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