Taste for a Cure Benefit Honors NBC's Jennifer Salke

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"Glee's" Darren Criss and Lea Michele performed at The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation's event in Beverly Hills.

The Jonsson Cancer Center Foundation at UCLA celebrated their 17th Annual Taste for a Cure benefit at the Beverly Wilshire, with a star-studded guest list and intimate dinner April 20. NBC Entertainment president Jennifer Salke was honored with the Gil Nickel Humanitarian Award, which recognizes individuals for their humanitarian and philanthropic efforts.

Fox Television chairman Dana Walden presented Salke with the award during an evening of wine, eclectic food and performances by Glee’s Darren Criss and Lea Michele. “Jennifer is one of my best friends, “ said Walden. “She’s an incredible girl, she gives back so much to the community and I’m very proud to be giving her this award.”

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Fox Television chairman Gary Newman, Showtime Entertainment president David Nevins and Fox Broadcasting president Kevin Reilly were on-hand to show support for the JCCF’s efforts toward innovative cancer research and diagnosis.

Salke, the daughter of a breast cancer survivor, praised the organization for their work. “I have three children and Johnsson is doing such incredible research into genetic testing and how to get ahead of this disease.”

Over the past 17 years, the fundraiser has raised more than $8 million towards cancer research.

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