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Wine Aficionado Dinner

Jeff Smith, Sandra Rapke, Ann Colgin, Joe Wender
Event co-chairs Jeff Smith, Sandra Rapke, Ann Colgin, Joe Wender.

The Sixth Annual Wine Aficionado Dinner benefiting the Bogart Pediatric Cancer
Research Program was held on Thursday, May 8 at the Walt Disney Concert Hall in Los Angeles. The $1,250 per seat sold-out wine dinner and live auction called “Dial M for Merlot” raised an impressive $341,000, nearly matching last year's record-breaking dinner, and resulting in the highest net profit of the event's six-year span. To date, the annual affair has raised over $1,451,000. The motivation for this high-class revelry was the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, which conducts the leukemia and cancer research for infants, children, and adolescents at the Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

The elegant evening began with a reception in the upstairs balcony of the Walt Disney Concert Hall featuring 1996 Veuve Clicquot “La Grande Dame” and 2005 Kistler Vine Hill Chardonnay. Dinner immediately followed, with a seated, four course meal prepared by Patina Catering and chef Joachim Splichal. The courses were paired with highly-collectible Merlot varietal wines, including a 2004 Villa Russiz Graf de la Tour, 2004 Avignonesi Desiderio, 2000 Girolamo Castello di Bossi (Berardegna), 1999 Arietta Merlot, 2002 Colgin Jubilation Merlot, 2005 Blackbird Merlot, 1998 Château Clinet (Pomerol), 1998 Château Monbousquet (St-Émilion), and 1998 Château Quinault
l'Enclos (St-Émilion). The wines were all selected and sourced by the Wine Dinner Committee.

Event co-chair Sandra Rapke introduced members of the Dinner Committee, and talked about Bogart's exciting new chapter as a completely autonomous entity, following a 25-year partnership with the T J Martell Foundation. She then welcomed Dr. Stuart Siegel, director of the Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program, to talk about the recent advances in cancer treatments, and to thank guests for their continued support.

Dinner guests included Los Angeles notables such as Gary Newman, chairman, Twentieth Century Fox Television, director Jef Levy, Pamela Skaist-Levy, musician and film producer Shaun Cassidy, actor Dean Cain, producer Randall Miller and writer Jody Savin, and Michael Polenske. Event co-chairs Sandra Rapke, Ann Colgin, Joe Wender, and Jeff Smith were joined by Dinner Committee members including Bob Bookman, Michael Duffy, Stacie Hunt, Joe Kessler, Matt Lichtenberg, Pamela Morton, Christian Navarro, Mark Beaven, Carl Parmer and Nadine Schiff, who donated their time,
energy and items for auction lots that made the event a huge success. The night's highlight was an auction led by Sotheby's Wine Department consultant Ann Colgin and Event co-chair Jeff Smith.  
The Bogart Pediatric Cancer Research Program's primary purpose is the financial support of the Bogart Labs at Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. Bogart is dedicated to continue its support for those programs and projects that are on the cutting edge of "bench to bedside" research. Bogart funds the diagnosis, treatment, care and cure of leukemia, cancer and AIDS by funding on a research development grant basis. This funding enables the foundation to secure more substantial support from other funding sources.

Gary Newman, Jeanne Newman, Jeff Smith
Gary Newman, Jeanne Newman, Jeff Smith.

Shaun Cassidy,  Tracey Lynn Turner
Shaun Cassidy, and wife Tracey Lynn Turner.

Christian Navarro,  Lisette Lee Morita
Bogart Dinner Committee member Christian Navarro and Lisette Lee Morita.

Ann Colgin, Jef Levy
Ann Colgin, Jef Levy.

Sandra Rapke, Randall Miller, and Jody Savin
Sandra Rapke, Randall Miller, and Jody Savin.

Eric Espuny
Eric Espuny, sommelier for Patina.

Dean Cain and Jessica Collins
Actor Dean Cain and Jessica Collins.

Photos: Becky Sapp
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