April 5th marked the 2nd Annual Chris4Life LA Dream Date Celebrity Auction which was held at Beverly Hills’ SLS Hotel. A benefit for DC-based Punch Partner Chris4Life, the event hosted nearly 250 guests, media and supporters of the charity as well as fans of ABC’s The Bachelor franchise, raising close to $60,000 to help patients who are battling colon cancer.
Funds raised go directly to Chris4Life’s Patient, Treatment and Care programs helping individuals that reside in the Los Angeles area. A portion of the funds will also help with colon cancer research with partner UCLA Medical Center.
Guests bid on actors, screenwriters, television personalities, and cast members from The Bachelor series, as well as a plethora of silent auction items. W.E.A.R. Project bracelets were also for sale at a discount, with $10 going directly to Chris4Life. Pre-bidding, guests were treated to a special performance by Australian singer/songwriter/guitarist Orianthi (who also went up for auction later).
Co-chairs for the event were oncologist Dr. Paul Song, his wife Lisa Ling (the host of the Oprah Winfrey Network show Our America) and recent DC-LA transplant Robert Egger, founder of DC Central Kitchen and L.A. Kitchen.
In addition to The Bachelor’s Michelle Money (who lost her father to colon cancer and has been a strong supporter/advocated for Chris4Life ever since), event emcees for this year’s event were Julia Allison (Columnist for ELLE.com, star of BRAVO’s Miss Advised) and Shira Lazar (Host and Executive Producer of weekly live show What’s Trending).
Those who were on the dating block for a variety of activities from dinners and lunches to a Dodgers game and paintball excursion included:
Lindsay Yenter (Finalist on The Bachelor Season 17), Lesley Murphy (The Bachelor Season 17), Roberto Martinez (Winner of The Bachelorette Season 6), Kiptyn Locke (The Bachelorette Season 5 and Bachelor Pad Season 1), Courtney Robertson (Winner of The Bachelor Season 16), Michelle Money (The Bachelor 15 and Bachelor PadSeason 2), Nick Peterson (The Bachelorette Season 7 and winner of Bachelor Pad 3), Ryan Bowers (The Bachelorette 2012 Season 8), Selma Alameri (The Bachelor Season 17), Daniella McBride (The Bachelor Season 17), David Krumholtz (“NUMB3RS”), Shawn Christian (Days of Our Lives), Eric Etebari (2 Fast 2 Furious, The Lincoln Lawyer), Ali Cobrin (American Reunion, Showtime’s Look), Orianthi Panagaris (Singer/songwriter/ guitarist),Taryn Southern (actress/online personality), Caitlin O’Connor (actress/model), Justine Musk (Author of Blood Angel and Lord of Bones), Josh Crotty (Actor/singer/ drummer), Karen McCullah (Screenwriter, Legally Blonde), Leslie Bradshaw (Chief Operating Officer at Guide), Diana Willardson (Owner of upscale hair salon called Salon Shag and on Bachelor Season 17) William F. Holman (The Bachelorette Season 7 and The Bachelor Pad Season 2).
Sponsors for this year’s event included Heineken, The Macallan, Brugal Rum, Stoli, Lyft, The Orlando Hotel, The SLS, VOX DJs, and Sprinkles Cupcakes. A special pre-auction held online for two select dates was also a part of this year’s festivities, in partnership with Charity Buzz.
About Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation
The principal goal of Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is to permanently eliminate the threat of colon cancer through discovery of a cure. To this end, Chris4Life funds cutting-edge research so that the brightest minds and best institutions are empowered to cure colon cancer for good. Until then, Chris4Life Colon Cancer Foundation is committed to significantly improving the treatment experience for patients and caregivers, and to dramatically raising awareness about colon cancer in general. The organization builds a culture of care and foster relationships with research institutions, advocacy groups, the health care community, and the general public. www.chris4life.org.
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