The 2nd annual Casino Night & A Folk Music Festival will be held at the Leonis Adobe in Calabasas April 26 and 27. This fun-filled two day event of music, entertainment and food will benefit the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation, located in Chatsworth.
“It’s a fundraiser to help our center,” said Harvey Diamond, president of the foundation. “There will be something for everyone, including seven different bands and comedian Kathy Buckley.”
The foundation is named after Harvey’s daughter who passed away away from a rare form of cancer at the age of 30 in 2002. “A talented and accomplished artist, in the last days of her life, she helped form the Jennifer Diamond Cancer Foundation,” reads the bio from the official website.
“We are an education and support center that offers a 15,000-square-foot oasis to cancer patients and their caregivers,” Harvey said.
The services, which are free and available five days a week, include classes like creative writing, Qigong, yoga, pilates, quilting and massage therapy as well as a regular support group. Currently, there are over 300 people who use the facility each week, said Harvey. “We consider it a home away from home,” he said. “We have people who spend most of their day here.
In addition to fundraisers, the foundation receives “generous donations” and grants each year, Harvey said. “We not only encourage cancer patients to use our services but their friends, family and caregivers as well, as they also endure stress due to the illness. We’re pretty comprehensive and there are lots of fun things to do,” he said.
The weekend fest, hosted each day by celebrity guests, promises fun for the whole family. On Saturday, Casino Night will feature Texas Hold’Em and Blackjack with dinner, entertainment and raffle prizes and runs from 4:30-10 p.m. On Sunday, from 11:30 a.m. to 6:30 pm., the bands will perform country, bluegrass, blues and traditional folk music. There will be arts and crafts as well as face and nail painting for kids and refreshments for all.