to be held at the Upper West March 4, 2018
By Sean Evans
Los Angeles, CA (The Hollywood Times) 3/1/18 – Sara Fay was first impacted by blood cancer when her dad was diagnosed with leukemia in 2011. She soon started running marathons to help the cause. She got involved with the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society’s Team In Training program and never looked back.
Five years ago, she approached The Upper West restaurant in Santa Monica about having an Academy Awards night to benefit the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society (LLS). Each year, the Oscars broadcast is projected on the wall in the dining room and shown on every screen in the restaurant. Attendees participate in a winner prediction contest, silent auction and opportunity drawings. The Upper West contributes a percentage of sales that night to the nonprofit.
“Fred and the Upper West team have been amazing partners and they’ve helped us raise thousands of dollars towards life-saving treatments and research, and patient support programs,” said Fay. “We are very, very grateful to have such an excellent partner and co-host.”
For the past few decades, the Leukemia & Lymphoma Society has been striving to create a world free of blood cancer. The organization has been a part of major breakthroughs in research and treatment, giving those diagnosed with leukemia, lymphoma, myeloma and other blood diseases a better quality of life and a much higher chance of survival.
Cameron Iverson first met Fay through his wife Lindsey, whom he was dating at the time. “LLS is a great organization for me to fundraise for because of some important people in my life whom I’ve lost to diseases that LLS is fighting to cure,” said Iverson. “I have dedicated all that I do to raise funds for LLS to my uncle who passed away in 2014 and to a personal mentor who died in 2012.”
Iverson helps publicize LLS events on social media. He also acquires items for the annual silent auction, and sells raffle tickets etc.
“Sara and I have been doing this event together for a few years after we met training for a triathlon,” said Lindsey Iverson. “Then Cameron joined so that we can spend more time together and he was really impressed with all the good the organization did and what a positive influence on my life it has been.”
The restaurant will officially start seating people at 4:30pm when coverage of red carpet arrivals begins. Attendees are encouraged to dress for the occasion and participate in the Oscar winner prediction challenge.
A silent auction along with prizes and additional drawings will be part of the event. There is a suggested donation of $20.