“Desperate Housewives” Wisteria Lane Block Party Brings Together CF Foundation Guests, Volunteers and TV Stars for the CF Cause
May 9, 2011
Mark Horak, co-chair of the Block Party on Wisteria Lane and president of Warner Home Video’s Americas division, enjoys the festivities with daughters Melissa (left), 24, and Michelle, 21, who have CF.
This April, friends of the CF Foundation went behind the picket fences and explored the perfectly manicured lawns of ABC’s Desperate Housewives at the Block Party on Wisteria Lane hosted by the Southern California Chapter’s Los Angeles Office.
During the star-studded event, 1,000 guests enjoyed a sneak peek behind the scenes of Desperate Housewives, including access to homes on Wisteria Lane and a performance by Band From TV, a musical group that includes actors from Desperate Housewives, Lost, Heroes, ER, House, and many other hit shows.
Attendees were treated to a barbecue dinner and the chance to bid on fabulous and unique items in silent and live auctions, including Nova Scotia lobsters, a handmade Spanish classical guitar, and the chance to lunch with Housewives star James Denton, which sold three times for more than $2,000 each.
Focusing on the CF Foundation Mission
Even with all the star power at the event, the spotlight shone most brightly on the crowd’s efforts to help the Foundation cure and control cystic fibrosis. Mark Horak, co-chair of the event and president of Warner Home Video’s Americas division, has first-hand experience with CF — two of his daughters, Melissa, 24, and Michelle, 21, are living with the disease.
“My daughters, like many others with CF, have had to deal with the burden of breathing and digestive problems, daily physical therapy, constant drug treatments and hospitalizations throughout their lives,” Mark says, “but thanks to aggressive treatments made possible through CF Foundation support, they are doing well today. Events like the Block Party on Wisteria Lane, the support of all the volunteers and the generosity of our donors give us tremendous hope for a bright future for them and for all people with CF.”
CF Foundation volunteers had the chance to rub elbows with stars
from Desperate Housewives and many other hit shows. Teri Hatcher joined the Band From TV as one of the group’s special guests.
In total, dedicated volunteers and staff raised more than $170,000, making the event’s first year an outstanding success.
The Southern California Chapter would like to thank the event chairs:
- James Denton, honorary chair
- Mark, Melissa and Michelle Horak
Its corporate and major sponsors:
- Outstanding Corporate Partner American Airlines
- Andy Gump
- Anheuser Busch
- Band From TV
- Ben & Jerry’s
- Pacific Edge
- Stonefire Grill and Rattler’s Bar B Que
- VuQo Vodka
- Warner Bros.
- Wen Haircare
Members and guest performers of the Band From TV:
- Gary Cole – Talladega Nights
- James Denton – Desperate Housewives
- Jorge Garcia – Lost
- Scott Grimes - ER
- Bob Guiney – The Bachelor
- Teri Hatcher – Desperate Housewives
- Chris Mostert (sax) – from the Eagles
- Adrian Pasdar - Heroes
- Jesse Spencer – House
- Neil Stubenhaus (bass) – main bass player for Barbra Streisand and Quincy Jones
- Chris Conrad (drums)
Other celebrity guests:
- Emily Bergl – Desperate Housewives
- Marcia Cross – Desperate Housewives
- Dana Delany – Body of Proof
- Seamus Dever – Castle
- Kenton Duty – Shake It Up, Lost
- Nathan Fillion – Castle
- Dan Futterman – The Birdcage
- Nolan Gould – Modern Family
- Chuck Hittinger – Pretty Little Liars
- Jon Huertas – Castle
- Felicity Huffman – Desperate Housewives
- John Carroll Lynch – Body of Proof
- Windell Middlebrooks – Body of Proof
- Jeremy Miller – Growing Pains
- Mark Moses – Desperate Housewives, Mad Men
- Molly Quinn – Castle
- Julianna Rose – Prom, Justin Beiber: Never Say Never, Pretty Little Liars, iCarly
- Doug Savant – Desperate Housewives
- Isabella Rae Thomas – Brothers and Sisters
- Vanessa Williams – Desperate Housewives
- Ariel Winter – Modern Family
And other key volunteers and chapter staff who helped make the event a success:
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- Chanda Fuller, development manager
- Jessica Klinger, volunteer
- Chris Mendoza, senior development director
- Jacquelin Sonderlin, development manager