The Neuro Vitality Center (NVC), a leading provider of therapies for those recovering from stroke and other traumatic brain injuries, has announced a fundraising dinner and concert to be held at The Show at the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa in Rancho Mirage California on November 10th, 2016.
Grammy Award-winning artist Sheena Easton is set to headline the evening that will also feature a special performance by the nationally recognized pop vocal group The Company Men.
According to Bev Greer, CEO of the NVC, “This will mark the 37th year of our Evening of Hope Gala, which raises funds to help us continue our important life-changing work.”
The NVC, originally known as The Stroke Recovery Center, changed its name last year when it expanded services and facilities to include those suffering from Parkinson’s Disease, Multiple Sclerosis, and other types of neurological disorders. It provides counseling, nutrition, as well as exercise, speech, and rehabilitation specific to each patient’s challenges. Next month, the NVC will open a new state-of-the-art therapy center that will help further serve its clients.
This year’s Gala features a James Bond/ Monte Carlo theme and elaborate pre-concert sponsor dinner on the theater floor. Jim Hollenbeck, Co-Chair of the event, says, “We’re excited to have Sheena Easton and The Company Men performing this year to support such an important cause. Guests can expect a spectacular evening of glitz, glamour, and, of course, wonderful entertainment.”
Sheena Easton has sold over 20 million records worldwide, received two Grammys, has a list of notable acting credits, and was the first – and still only – artist to have five records on five Billboard charts. The Company Men have received national acclaim and have appeared on numerous television shows including Hallmark’s Home and Family, Good Day New York and PBS.
Sponsors of this year’s Gala include KMIR/KPSE TV, Fey’s Canyon Realty – Bob and Cheryl Fey, Desert Regional Medical Center, the Desert Sun Media Group, Alpha Media, Hollenbeck Group, Sensorium Events, Crater Lake Vodka, Lotus Elixirs, and the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa. Individual tickets for the complete Dinner/Concert experience are $350 each and are available at www.NVCGala.org or by calling 760-323-7676 ext. 117. Concert-only seats begin at $75 and are available atwww.HotWaterCasino.com.
Oct 21, 2016 12:30 pm
Global Lyme Alliance (GLA), the world’s leading organization dedicated to the research and education of Lyme and other tick-borne diseases, today announced its second annual “Uniting for a Lyme-Free World” Gala raised nearly $3 million.
The funding will assist GLA in its mission to conquer Lyme and other tick-borne diseases.
The October 13 gala, attended by more than 700 supporters at Cipriani 42nd Street, honored – Bella Hadid, International Supermodel – Heather Glass, Designer and Retail Executive – Arthur J. Mirante II, Principal and Tri-State President of Avison Young – Karen Peetz, President of BNY Mellon – for their active roles in driving awareness of Lyme disease and their commitment to finding a more accurate diagnostic test. Rosanna Scotto, co-anchor of FOX 5 Good Day New York, hosted the event.
Celebrated event planner Lawrence Scott donated and designed the decor for the event, which featured a mix of elegant silver tablecloths and black patent leather tablecloths, matched with silver lamps acting as table centerpieces, surrounded by fresh flowers. Scott is equally known for producing spectacular one-of-a-kind events as he is for his philanthropic endeavors. With a long standing commitment to the community and decades of support for charity, Scott is viewed just as much as a philanthropist as he is a legendary events planner. He donates events services to over 30 charities annually – the Global Lyme Alliance being one of them.
Part of what sets Scott’s style apart is his innate understanding of his guests and making everyone feel included. To him it is all about the mix — the high and the low, the formal and the relaxed — that comes together to make a truly standout celebration. And as they say, timing is everything. All of Lawrence Scott Events’ services are in-house, so clients receive only the best customized décor, food, flowers and entertainment which blends together to make a perfect event.
“This year’s gala represents a tremendous step forward for us, and we’re excited to build on this momentum as we continue working to conquer Lyme disease,” said GLACEO Scott Santarella. “We are truly grateful to have had such tremendous support this year. From our honorees, to our co-chairs, donors, and everyone else who played a role in making this event successful, we are so thankful.”
Co-Chairs for the event were Carlos Brito and Sabine Chalmers, Anheuser-Busch InBev; Christopher Corrinet, CBRE; Matthew Glass, Texby Associates, Inc.; Yolanda Hadid, Actress & TV star; Ally Hilfiger, Advocate & Fashion Designer; Dee & Tommy Hilfiger; Mitti Liebersohn and Anthony Lopresti, Avison Young; Brian Ruane, BNYMellon; Andrew Saunders, Saunders & Associates; Larry Scott, Lawrence Scott Events.
The ceremony was followed by special performances from musical guests, including Grammy award winning artist, Rob Thomas, and New York City-based trio, ThirdStory.
The Gala was also attended by Mohamed Hadid, Lew Leone, Klaus Kleinfeld, Marisol Thomas, Peter Brant, Jr., Ping Hue, Evander Holyfield, Jr., and many others.
Everyone is susceptible to Lyme and is just one tick bite away from contracting the disease. Cases of Lyme have been reported in all 50 states and more than 80 countries, making it a health crisis with worldwide impact. Additionally, current diagnostic tests for Lyme disease are inaccurate in more than fifty percent of Lyme patients, leading to both failed and misdiagnoses.
The number of cases reported annually has increased nearly 25-fold since national surveillance began in 1982. 329,000 people in the United States alone contract Lyme disease each year, according to the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention.
Oct 21, 2016 11:15 am Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld hosted GOOD+ Foundation’s 2016 Fatherhood Lunch this week at The Palm Restaurant in Tribeca, celebrating the continued expansion and success of the program which launched six years ago.
The lunch raised nearly $275,000 towards the Foundation’s ongoing efforts to empower dads so they can fully embrace fatherhood and the responsibilities that accompany this role through support in positive parenting and discipline strategies, improving the relationship with the child’s mother, and helping a father establish his role within the family. Since its inception, GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Initiative has supported over 20,000 families.
During the lunch Jerry Seinfeld described how many fathers who seek help from a fatherhood program don’t have the resources or materials to create the best environment for their families. With the services and products donated by the GOOD+ Foundation, fathers are able to provide for their families and get the long term support needed to help lift the family out of poverty.
“We realized we needed to address the missing component – the fathers. Your father is half of who you are. They are an important piece of the puzzle. We knew if we could get fathers back into the lives of their kids, we could really stabilize this environment,” said host Jerry Seinfeld. “Men are terrible at talking about being a husband and being a father. A gigantic hurdle is encouraging these men talk to each other, share their stories and realize they are not alone. I feel great that I’m able to help other men get into this experience of being a father.”
One of the fathers, who has personally benefited from the program, addressed the room to share his life-changing experience and the successes he has achieved since he started working with Children’s Institute Inc.’s Project Fatherhood in Los Angeles and receiving donations from GOOD+ Foundation.
The organization recently completed an independent program evaluation by LeSar Development Consultants revealing the impact of GOOD+ Foundation donations on both fathers and the programs served. The study revealed that the impact of GOOD+ Foundation donations on fathers and their children is undeniable. 82 percent of fathers reported that GOOD+ donations improved their relationship with their child’s mother or relatives, and 82 percent reported the donations made them feel more like a dad to their child.
Also present was GOOD+ Foundation’s new Fatherhood Program Manager Jomael Young who saw the GOOD+ Fatherhood Initiative develop from its inception, having served as the Program Leader for the Fathers First Initiative in the Rockaways – a GOOD+ Foundation partner – for more than 10 years.
The Fatherhood Initiative focuses on helping fathers be the dads they would like to be for their children by supporting them with comprehensive services such as counseling, job training, healthy relationship workshops, and actively engaging in their children’s lives. They also provide families with special opportunities for parent-child bonding and memory-making experiences, in addition to amplifying the fatherhood movement by promoting meaningful fatherhood research and advocating for father engagement. GOOD+ Foundation has distributed nearly 500,000 items to over 20,000 families through 19 father engagement programs.
Guests at the luncheon included Alex Gorsky, David Lauren, GOOD+ Foundation Board Member Stacey Bendet Eisner, GOOD+ Fatherhood Leadership Council members Neil Patrick Harris, David Burtka, Michael Strahan, Jeff Gordon, Will Kopelman, Harry Kargman, Jason Weinberg, along with Sam Champion, Jim Cramer and Nicky Rothschild. Fatherhood Leadership Council members and lunch guests promoted the initiative by posting photos with #GoodPlusFatherhood and @GoodPlusFdn. Jerry and Jessica Seinfeld, Neil Patrick Harris and David Burtka were dressed in Ralph Lauren.
The event is presented by Johnson & Johnson and Ralph Lauren, with additional support by Crackle. The event was generously underwritten for the fourth time by Bruce Bozzi and Palm Restaurant.
The GOOD+ Foundation’s Fatherhood Leadership Council is comprised of fathers who are deeply passionate about their own role as dads, and hope to raise funds and awareness for the initiative. Council members include Jerry Seinfeld (Chair), Jason Alexander, Anthony Anderson, Judd Apatow, Jason Bateman, Neil Blumenthal, Bruce Bozzi, Dan Bucantinsky, Rob Buccini, Ty Burrell, David Burtka, Christian Carino, Matt Cherwin, Camille Chidiac, Common, Shawn “Pecas” Costner, Victor Cruz, Matt Damon, Eric Ray Davidson, Robert Downey Jr., Darren Edwards, Eric Eisner, Nacho Figueras, David Fredston, Jeff Gordon, Alex Gorsky, Neil Patrick Harris, Kevin Hart, Alan F. Horn, Hugh Jackman, Mitch Jacobs, Woody Johnson, Harry Kargman, Pierre Kim, Boris Kodjoe, Will Kopelman, Jay Leno, Greg Lipmann, Blaine Lourd, Bryan Lourd, Bill Maher, Gabriel Miller, Francois Mobasser, Nas, David Neville, Rob Prinz, Michael Richards, Dan Roos, Bob Saget, Matt Schneider, George Shapiro, Dax Shepard, Lance Somerfeld, George Stephanopoulos, Steve Stoute, Michael Strahan, Michael Tiedemann, James Van Der Beek, Dwyane Wade, Marcus Wainwright, Charlie Walk, George Wallace, Jason Weinberg, Mel Woods and Jeffrey Wright.
Peggy Albrecht Friendly House Los Angeles, the first residential program in the country for women recovering from alcohol and drug abuse, will honor award-winning actress Katey Sagal with the Woman of the Year Award and philanthropists Linell and Robert Shapiro with the Humanitarian Award at their 27th annual Awards Luncheon, Saturday, October 29, 2016 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.
Radio and television host and best-selling author Pat O’Brien emcees.
“This year’s honorees have reached some of the highest pinnacles of success, while experiencing challenging and often heart-breaking tragedy,” said Friendly House Executive Director, Peggy Albrecht. “Through it all, their strength of resolve and commitment to sharing their personal successes as well as their struggles with others mirror the guidance that all of us at Friendly House strive to impart each and every day.”
Golden Globe Award winning actress Katey Sagal, recipient of the Woman of the Year Award, has entertained audiences in a variety of challenging dramatic and comedic roles throughout her notable career. First gaining national attention as ‘Peg Bundy’ in the ground-breaking and long-running series Married with Children, for which she earned four Golden Globe and two American Comedy Award nominations, she went on to star in the gritty, highly acclaimed FX drama, Sons of Anarchy. For her role as ‘Gemma Teller,’ the maternal matriarch of a notorious outlaw motorcycle club, she captured a Golden Globe for “Best Performance by an Actress in a Television Series – Drama” and was twice nominated by the Broadcast Television Critics as “Best Actress in a Drama Series.” Additional television credits include featured roles in 8 Simple Rules and The Bastard Executioner, among a host of others. On the big screen, Sagal has had starring roles in Pitch Perfect 2, Love Stinks, Maid to Order, The Good Mother, and most recently in Bleed for This, based on the true story of World Champion Boxer, Vinny Pazienza. Sagal is currently in production for a new CBS comedy series Superior Donuts. Next year she will star as ‘Vivian Pressman’ in ABC’s three-hour musical event, an adaptation of the 1987 hit romantic drama, Dirty Dancing. Off screen, Sagal is a critically acclaimed singer and songwriter, with three albums to her credit, Well… in 1994, Room in 2004 and Covered in 2013, with her cover of the Tom Petty song “Free Fallin’” as the first single.
Humanitarian Award recipients Linell and Robert Shapiro have turned a personal tragedy into a public crusade. After the tragic loss of their son Brent to an accidental drug overdose, they founded The Brent Shapiro Foundation in 2005, dedicated to conquering alcohol and drug dependence by turning the fear, grief and helplessness caused by this disease into awareness, compassion and support. The Foundation has opened Brent’s Clubs throughout Los Angeles, prevention programs that provide a safe haven for young adults while encouraging them to refrain from drugs and alcohol. Their Foundation rewards middle school and high school students who complete the program with college scholarships.
A senior partner in the Los Angeles based law firm of Glaser Weil Fink Howard Avchen & Shapiro LLP, Robert Shapiro is one of the nation’s most prominent attorneys. He has represented a number of high-profile corporations, including Rockstar Energy Drink, Diamond Resorts International, Steve Wynn and Wynn Resorts Ltd., Cadeau Express, as well as many celebrity clients. Mr. Shapiro has more than 30 years of criminal litigation practice, including the successful defenses of O.J. Simpson and Christian Brando. His legal expertise has made him a frequent guest on numerous network and cable television programs, and he continues to write and lecture extensively on legal issues and procedures. Shapiro is the author of two books, The Search For Justice and Misconception. He also wrote a children’s book on the negative effects of drug use, which is available free of charge to schools across the country. Robert Shapiro’s many honors and awards include National Law Journal’s “The 100 Most Influential Lawyers in America”, Benchmark Litigation’s “Top California Litigator”, Best Attorneys of America, Lifetime Charter Member, National Association of Distinguished Counsel’s “Nation’s Top 100 Attorneys” and founding member, The American Society of Legal Advocates’ “Top 100 Litigation Lawyer in the State of California”, National Academy of Jurisprudence’s (formerly known as the American Academy of Trial Attorneys) “Premier 100 Trial Attorney”, Loyola Law School’s “50 Inspirational Alumni”, Southern California Super Lawyers and Pro-Bono Lawyer of the Year by the State of Nevada in 2008.
Linell Shapiro has dedicated much of her life to philanthropy. In addition to serving on the Board of Directors of The Brent Shapiro Foundation, she has served as President of Quest, a charity assisting children with Prader-Willi Syndrome and was instrumental in spearheading the building of the first of its kind home for those affected with the disease. A long-time supporter of Phoenix House, an organization that provides individualized, holistic drug and alcohol addiction treatment, she frequently spoke to their young people about her son Brent. She was often accompanied by son Grant, who would teach the kids the art of DJing, utilizing the center’s professional studio. Linell was instrumental in creating a scholarship program for Phoenix House students, which was funded by The Brent Shapiro Foundation.
Equality Now, the international human rights organization dedicated to women’s and girls’ rights, is pleased to announce that it will honor four powerhouses for change at the third “Make Equality Reality” fundraising gala: Jaha Dukureh (Equality Now partner, female genital mutilation (FGM) survivor activist, andTIME 100 honoree), Jane Fonda (two-time Academy Award winning actress, activist, and Equality Now Adolescent Girls’ Legal Defense Fund Advisory Board Member), and Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes (award winning film producers of “He Named Me Malala”).
The fundraising gala will return to the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills for the third time, on Monday, December 5th . The event will bring together a diverse and dynamic group of change makers, celebrities and philanthropists to honor women making extraordinary changes to the women’s rights landscape. Past honorees include Joss Whedon, Gloria Steinem and Salma Hayek.
“The work that Equality Now has done for adolescent girls around the world has been life-changing – not only for the girl herself, but for the society that she lives in. I am delighted to receive this honor and stand alongside them as they continue to do this vital work,” said Jane Fonda.
“I’ve worked alongside Equality Now since the age of 15 and to receive this honor in LA is nothing short of extraordinary,” said Jaha Dukureh, Founder, Safe Hands for Girls.
“The mission of Equality Now is more urgent now than ever – their activism and advocacy has already changed the lives of so many women and girls around the globe, which is why we are so deeply honored to be a part of this event,” added Laurie MacDonald & Walter Parkes.
Starlight Children’s Foundation will host LA’s iconic Dream Halloween costume party and fundraiser at the historic Park Plaza in downtown Los Angeles on October 22, 2016.
The popular family-friendly event returns this year as a charity benefit for Starlight, a US-based children’s health charity. Starlight is providing free event tickets to hundreds of seriously ill children and their families who are supported by LA-area children’s hospitals. This one-of-a-kind costume party will delight children and adults with two floors and three ballrooms full of games, crafts, food, toy giveaways and live performances from Butterscotch, Leftover Cuties, Mahkenna, Aussie Youth and Le Petit Cirque.
Among those expected to attend are Ella Anderson (“Henry Danger”), Ashley Argota(“The Fosters”), Allisyn Ashley Arm (“Astrid Clover”), Thomas Barbusca (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), Jailen Bates (“OMG!”), Megan Batoon (“Making Moves”), Oliver Bell (“Westworld”), Luna Blaise (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Cassie Brennan (“Speechless”), Jake Brennan (“Richie Rich”), Ava Cantrell (“Lights Out”), Cree Cicchino (“Game Shakers”), Sage Correa (Kidnap), Koda Corvette (recording artist), Ava Cota (“Dance Moms”), Abby Donnelly (“Just Add Magic”), Chloe East (“Jessica Darling’s It List”), Tiffany Espensen (“Spider-Man: Homecoming”), Kacey Fifield (“Clique Wars”), Hunter Fischer (“Kids vs. Zombies”), Mckenna Grace (“Designated Survivor”), Sammi Hanratty (“Mom’s Night Out”), Ronni Hawk (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jacob Hopkins (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Rusty Joiner (“Melrose Place”), Serena Laurel (“Outcast”), Merit Leighton (“Sofia the First”), Sam Lerner (“The Goldbergs”), Lance Lim (“School of Rock”), Joey Luthman (“Mad Dog and the Fly Boy”), Elise Luthman (“The Hollywood Complex”), Kayla Maisonet (“Stuck in the Middle”), Jax Malcolm (“Crazy Ex-Girlfriend”), August Maturo (“Girl Meets World”), Jeremy Miller (“Growing Pains”), Aubrey K. Miller (“Just Add Magic”), Aidan Miner (“School of Rock”), Alexa Nisenson (“Middle School: The Worst Years of My Life”), The Official AJ (recording artist), Hunter Payton (“The Jonses Unplugged”), Marlowe Peyton (“Fresh Off the Boat”), Aiden Prince (“The Ellen Show”), Terrell Ransom (“The Amazing World of Gumball”), Chad Roberts (“Modern Family”), Brooklyn Robinson (“Married with Secrets”), Bryson Robinson (“Class Dismissed”), Matthew and Benjamin Royer (“Best Friends Whenever”), Kara Royster (“Pretty Little Liars”), Olivia Sanabia (“Just Add Magic “), Sarah Shahi (”Person of Interest”), Madisyn Shipman (“Game Shakers “), Matt Shivley (”The Real O’Neals”), Belle Shouse (“Project MC2”),Dylan Riley Snyder (“Astrid Clover”), Jillian Shea Spaeder (“Walk the Plank “), Benjamin Stockham (”About a Boy”), Justin Tinucci (“Lady Dynamite”), among others.
Title sponsor Michaels Stores will transform the 2nd floor of The Park Plaza into a Halloween fun house where guests are invited to experiences such as DIY stations, face painting, festive games and prizes, and live entertainment from artist Stephen Fishwick.
Event sponsor Nintendo will offer an immersive gaming experience featuring one of its new games for the Nintendo 3DS family of systems. Guests will be among the first people in the world to get their hands on Mario Party Star Rush, the newest game in the popular and hilariously fun Mario Party series. Guests can even participate in some on-stage competitions inspired by the game to win cool prizes, while supplies last.
Starlight’s mission is to brighten the lives of seriously ill children and their families by turning pain, fear and stress into laughter, fun and joy – because a sick kid is still a kid at heart. Founded in 1982 Peter Samuelson and Emma Samms, Starlight has helped more than 60 million sick children in the US, Canada, Australia and the UK by providing programs that offer the best in entertainment, education and innovative technology.Steven Spielberg serves as the organization’s Chairman Emeritus.
Saturday, October 22, 2016
Red carpet – 4:00 p.m. – 6:00 p.m.
Dream Halloween – 6:00 p.m. – 8:30 p.m.
Media check-in for CREDENTIALEDMEDIAONLY – 3:30 p.m.
The Park Plaza, 607 S. Park View Street, Los Angeles, CA 90057
Oct 21, 2016 06:00 am
The first Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals (SPCA) was organized in England in 1824, primarily to prevent the abuse of carriage horses in the days before automobiles. Horses were driven through freezing cold winters and stiflingly hot summers, often with little food, water or rest. The carriage drivers were interested only in making as much money as possible, and would beat the horses if they refused to or were unable to pull the carriages.
The SPCA helped to pass laws that regulated the carriage-horse business. With this success, the Society expanded to include dogs and other animals in its fight against cruelty.
The first American SPCA (ASPCA) was started in 1866 in New York City. There are now SPCAs all over the U.S., and indeed, all over the world.