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Celebrities Attend Voices For The Voiceless Stars For Foster Kids Event

Sep 16, 2016 01:30 pm
Darren Criss, Rosie Perez, Megan Hilty, Chita Rivera, Gloria Gaynor, Sherri Saum, and Stephanie Mills were just a few of the many supporters who attended and performed at last night’s 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless: Stars For Foster Kids event presented by Seth Rudetsky and James Wesley.

Gloria Gaynor performs I Will Survive
Gloria Gaynor performs I Will Survive
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This special event brings together the brightest stars of stage and screen to raise awareness about the plight of kids in foster care, particularly those aged 13 to 21 whom many consider “unadoptable” because of their age.

Darren Criss attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless
Darren Criss attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless
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Additional guests included Caroline Rhea, Alec Mapa, BD Wong, Orfeh, Adrienne Warren, Michelle Collins, Lilla Crawford, Carole Demas, and Dale Moss.

Rosie Perez attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless event
Rosie Perez attends the 2nd Annual Voices for the Voiceless event
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Kathy Griffin To Open Best In Drag Show 2016

Sep 16, 2016 12:30 pm
Best In Drag Show — the fabulous and long-running annual fundraiser for Aid For AIDS, a program of Alliance for Healing and Housing — has announced that Emmy and Grammy Award winner Kathy Griffin will open this year’s festivities.

Best In Drag Show 2016
Best In Drag Show 2016

The celebrity judging panel will include Academy Award nominee Melanie Griffith, Kathy Kinney (“The Drew Carey Show”) and Rutina Wesley (OWN’s “Queen Sugar”). Additional celebrity judges will be announced soon. Best in Drag Show will be held onOctober 2, 2016 at the Orpheum Theatre in downtown Los Angeles. The pre-show party begins at 5:30pm and curtain is at 7:00pm.

Best In Drag Show benefits Aid For AIDS, a program of Alliance for Housing and Healing which is dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger for men, women, children and families living with HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles County. The highly-anticipated beauty pageant spoof is filled with fun and comedy while keeping the focus on its cause — giving back to the community through fundraising. The six gorgeous contestants competing for this year’s crown are:

Miss District of Columbia Wanda Wumanz (Keith Lamont)
Miss Maryland Hannah Belle Lecter (Jay Fink)
Miss New Mexico Pokey Hanus (Brian Lexy)
Miss New Jersey Halle Peñe Pappas (Johnny Glasser)
Miss New York Sandy Claus (Jeffrey Ewell)
Miss Tennessee Sheena Turner (Victor Montoya)


Originally founded in 1989 by Alexis Pittman with a small group of friends in his West Hollywood living room, the Best in Drag Show (then called Battle for the Tiara) came to fruition. The first event raised $400 collected from 20 people, and the show was subsequently moved to larger venues due to its increasing popularity. The current version of the show has run since 2003 and has raised over $3 million to support the work of Alliance for Housing and Healing’s flagship program, Aid for AIDS.

Best In Drag Show is produced by an army of extraordinarily talented volunteers and staff from Alliance for Housing and Healing, Show Director and Producer Jeffrey Drew, Master of Ceremonies Patrick Rush, and generous support from sponsors including Presenting Sponsors Mark Honzel M.D. and KLEAN Treatment Centers.


The Patrick Rush Service Award, established in 2010 in honor of Patrick, will be presented at the show. The award recognizes the love and heartfelt dedication that Patrick has poured into the Best in Drag Show by removing the financial barrier for qualified students who demonstrate the drive and determination to reach their education goals, despite the challenges that are presented by a positive HIV status and ongoing addiction recovery.

For tickets and more information, please visit



Tamsen Fadal To Host 10th Annual Moving Families Forward Gala

Sep 16, 2016 11:00 am

Tamsen Fadal: Profile

Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family announced today the honorees and host for the 10th annual Moving Families Forward gala to take place at the Waldorf Astoria Hotel on Monday, October 24th in New York City.

This year’s Ackerman Award Honorees are:· Blair Brewster – Entrepreneur, Ackerman Distinguished Service Award recipient.
· Gary Mendell – Founder & CEO,, Ackerman Partner Award recipient.
· Dana Vollmer – Olympic Medalist in Swimming, Ackerman Moving Families Forward Award recipient.

Tamsen Fadal, eight-time Emmy-winning Pix 11 News Anchor, will return to host the evening for the third year running. The event benefits the vital programs and ongoing services for children and families at the Ackerman Institute for the Family.

“I support the Ackerman Institute for the Family because it helps conventional and unconventional families address and overcome deep and sometimes painful personal and societal issues,” says Tamsen Fadal. “Ackerman is a dynamic institution that is continuously evolving and keeping pace with today’s families in a society that is more complex every day. Family is important to me, and Ackerman believes that strong family bonds and communication are important to the strength of our communities. And I agree wholeheartedly.”

“We are thrilled that Tamsen Fadal is returning to host our biggest fundraiser of the year,” says Lois Braverman, President & CEO, Ackerman Institute for the Family. “By generously giving of her time and talent to help lead our event to success speaks volumes about the importance of family in our society and our lives. I am grateful to Tamsen for lending her support and celebrity in this way.”

Blair Brewster, President & Founder of, and Entrepreneur will be honored with the Ackerman Distinguished Service Award.

“I am delighted to have this opportunity to honor Blair for his many years of board leadership, service and generosity,” says Lois Braverman. “Blair is one of those quiet and private individuals who exudes calm in times of crisis, and projects unflappable confidence and reassurance. He digs deep into issues and ideas and the Ackerman Institute has benefitted tremendously from his guidance, dedication and deep belief in our work. Kindness, understanding, commitment to family and leadership are the words that come to mind when I think about Blair.”

Gary Mendell, Founder & CEO, will be honored with the Ackerman Partner Award.

“A key ambition of Gary Mendell’s work is to reduce the stigma and shame associated with addiction,” says Lois Braverman. “And, that is something that the Ackerman Institute understands deeply and can get behind one-hundred percent. Gary’s work aligns so closely with our non-pathologizing approach to working with children and families in distress and seeing the family as the natural and often overslooked source in healing. We are honored that Gary is accepting the Ackerman Partner Award.”

Dana Vollmer, Olympic Medalist in Swimming, will be honored with the Moving Families Forward Award. Dana is one of the most gold-medaled female USA Olympians of all-time. She has five golds, one silver, and one bronze.

“Dana’s accomplishments as a world-class Olympian and at home are a testament to the strength and resilience that she derives from her family to overcome challenges and to give her the confidence to follow her dreams no matter how difficult the journey will be. As the “momma on mission,” we all can connect with her, and that makes her special,” says Lois Braverman.

Moving Families Forward Gala Co-Chairs are Alice K. Netter and Deborah Werner. They are supporters of the Ackerman Institute for the Family, and its work on behalf of the well-being of children and families of our communities. This year’s Gala Planning Committee members are Martha Fling, Vicky Kahn, Gisella Lemos, and Leslie Roberts.

Founded in 1960, the Ackerman Institute for the Family is one of the premier institutions for family therapy and one of the best-known and most highly regarded training facilities for family therapists in the United States. The Institute serves families from all walks of life at all stages of family life.

To purchase tickets to the Moving Families Forward gala call 914-579-1000,, or go online here.

Revlon To Host Annual Philanthropic Luncheon

Sep 16, 2016 09:45 am

Rashida Jones: Profile

Revlon will hold their annual philanthropic luncheon at Chateau Marmont on September 27, in support of women’s health.

The event will honor Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, Director of the Revlon/UCLA Women’s Cancer Research Program at JCCC, for his outstanding achievements in cancer research. In addition to honoring Dr. Slamon and his contributions, the luncheon serves to raise awareness for Revlon’s 2016 philanthropic initiatives including their 2nd annual LOVE IS ON Million Dollar Challenge.

Hosted by Revlon Chairman Ronald O. Perelman and Revlon CEO Fabian Garcia in addition to Rashida Jones, Peggy Lipton, Cassandra Grey, Barbara Schumsky, Kelly Meyer, Jennifer Meyer, Sarah Meyer, Carson Meyer, Shelli Azoff, and Allison Azoff Statter, with Revlon brand ambassadors Halle Berry and Alejandra Espinoza, honoree Dr. Dennis J. Slamon, artist Curtis Kulig, and attendees Courteney Cox, Erin Foster, Sara Foster, Melanie Griffith, Elaine Irwin, and more.

WHEN: Tuesday, September 27, 2016

WHERE: Chateau Marmont
8221 Sunset Blvd.
Los Angeles, CA 90046

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