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A Brighter Future For Children Charity Gala 2017 To Raise Funds For Art Therapy Program

Mar 07, 2017 12:30 pm

Tito Ortiz: Profile

The Dream Builders Project will host its fourth annual A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala on Thursday, March 9, 2017, at the Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles, California.


100% of net proceeds from ticket sales, poker buy-ins, silent auction, live auction and donations will go directly towards the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles to expand their comprehensive and innovative effort to apply visual arts, music, dance, poetry, and expressive arts in a pediatric medical setting. Art therapy programs have proven to aid in the healing of patients by alleviating pain, accelerating recovery time, decreasing stress and anxiety, improved treatment compliance and communication and more.

This evening of charity will include a celebrity studded red carpet, black ties, silent buys, poker, and hours of live musical entertainment will be enjoyed by 350+ celebrities and other influential personalities who share one common goal – to give back.


Celebrities that will be attending include Joseph Reitman (Money Monster), Ruth Connell (Supernatural), Lotte Verbeek (Outlander, Agent Carter), Tehmina Sunny (Training Day), Tito Ortiz (MMA fighter), Kristen Renton (Sons of Anarchy), Brian Krause (Charmed), Tara Reid (Sharknado), Don Most (Happy Days), Omar Akram (Grammy Award Winner), Tonya Kay (My Crazy Sex), Celeste Thorson (Treasure Hunter) and many more!

“The Dream Builders Project was founded because of my passion for the community, and my determination to create an organization that will make a difference,” says founder, Mayer Dahan. “A Brighter Future for Children shows how an organization, no matter how big or small, can host a world class event that has a profound impact on the community.”

Last year’s event raised more than $20,000 and was attended by Ariel Winter (Modern Family), David Arquette (Never Been Kissed), Terrell Owens (Professional NFL Player), Kelli Bergland (Disney’s Lab Rats) and Dorothy Wang (Rich Kids of Beverly Hills), Sue Wong (Fashion Designer), Kat Graham (Vampire Diaries), and Sharna Burgess (Dancing with the Stars) David Marciano (Homeland), Colin Egglesfield (All My Children), and Sam Trammel (Vampire Diaries).

Sponsors for this year’s event include Southwest Airlines, Seed Floral, Halston Home, Stella Artois, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, The London West Hollywood at Beverly Hills, San Diego Chargers, Target, LA Rams, IN-N-Out, and The Magic Castle.


Tickets for A Brighter Future for Children 2017 are still available and can be purchased through Eventbrite here. For more information about sponsorship, special performances, celebrity attendees, or for an interview with the founder of The Dream Builders Project, please contact Lindsey Conger at

UN Women’s HeForShe Arts Week Kicks Off, Bringing The Spotlight On Gender Equality


Mar 07, 2017 11:00 am

Emma Watson: Profile

First launched in 2016 by UN Women’s Global Goodwill Ambassador Emma Watson, UN HeForShe Arts Week initiative aims at raising awareness and funding for gender equality through the arts.


Now in its second year, Arts events coincide with International Women’s Day (March 8) and will be celebrated globally for a week – with events taking place worldwide, from São Paulo to Bangkok. HeForShe Arts Week New York 2017 will launch in partnership with Lincoln Center and the City of New York, with the presence of film stars, world and local leaders and UN officials, amongst others.

Chirlane McCray, First Lady of New York City
Bjarni Benediktsson, His Excellency, Prime Minister of Iceland & HeForShe IMPACT Champion
Phumzile Mlambo-Ngcuka, Under Secretary-General and Executive Director of UN Women
Édgar Ramírez, Actor & UNICEF Goodwill Ambassador
Jill Kaplan, Publisher and Vice President, Crain’s New York Business Chair, Women’s Leadership Council, Lincoln Center Corporate Fund
Grace McLean, Lincoln Center Emerging Artist Award winner
Oskar Eustis, Artistic Director, The Public Theater

WHERE: David Rubenstein Atrium at Lincoln Center, 61 West 62nd Street, New York, NY

WHEN: International Women’s Day: Wednesday, 8 March, 8:30 – 9:30 A.M.


Event To Honor Detroit Youth Arts Group MOSAIC’s 25th Anniversary

Mar 07, 2017 09:30 am

Lily Tomlin: Profile

On Saturday, April 1, Grammy, Emmy, Tony and Webby award-winning and nominated songwriter (“September”, the Friends theme song), artist, performer, co-author of Broadway’s award-winning The Color Purple, “the most interesting woman you’ve never heard of” (The Washington Post), and native Detroiter Allee Willis will host The Detroit Party honoring Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit’s 25th Anniversary at Willis Wonderland, her historic Los Angeles home, the original MGM Party House.

Co-hosting alongside Willis is Grammy, Emmy, Tony, and Academy Award-winning and nominated performer Lily Tomlin (Grace and Frankie, Nashville, Kennedy Center honoree) and Grammy and Golden Globe-winning songwriter Lamont Dozier (Holland-Dozier-Holland – Songwriters Hall Of Fame, Rock and Roll Hall Of Fame).

Willis, a renowned impresario of inspired parties and events-as-performance art, will treat guests to an unforgettable evening of soul food, sing-alongs, live auctions from the Allee Willis Museum of Kitsch including massive amounts of vintage Detroit memorabilia, performances by the Mosaic Singers, and a special sneak peak of Willis’ upcoming Detroit record/micro-documentary “The D”, featuring 5,000 Detroiters, more people in history than have ever been on a record before.

The Host Committee for The Detroit Party includes a “who’s who” of Detroiters in LA, including Motown greats such as original Supreme Mary Wilson, original Miracle Claudette Robinson and songwriter Valerie Simpson — and other famous entertainment industry Detroiters such as music producer Don Was and Actress-Comedian Sandra Bernhard.

General admission, VIP, and sponsorship packages are available with proceeds going back to Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit.

Host committee and ticket information can be found here.
Celebrating its 25th Anniversary, Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit is an internationally-acclaimed Creative Youth Development organization making comprehensive theatre and vocal music training accessible to Detroit teens from more than 50 different schools annually. Mosaic’s impact goes far beyond performing. 95% of Mosaic performers have graduated from high school and gone on to college — far above the percentages for youth nationally from similar backgrounds.

Mosaic’s young artists have become cultural ambassadors for Detroit, performing in Africa, Asia, Europe and 30 states and provinces throughout the U.S. and Canada, including performances at The White House, The Kennedy Center, The Apollo Theater and Carnegie Hall. Mosaic’s vocal ensemble, the Mosaic Singers, have opened for legends Aretha Franklin, Al Green, The Temptations, and Harry Belafonte, and have performed with Sweet Honey in the Rock, on tour with Josh Groban and on an acoustic album with rock legends Foreigner. Mosaic alumni have been nominated for Tony and Emmy Awards, with an alumnus recently performing on Broadway in The Color Purple musical co-authored by Willis. Mosaic is featured in Willis’ upcoming Detroit record/micro-documentary “The D”.

Willis, who has received a “Spirit of Detroit” award and an official “Testimonial Resolution” from the City Council for her work on behalf of Detroit to date, has worked closely with Mosaic Youth Theatre of Detroit for years – including collaborating with Mosaic on her upcoming Detroit record/micro-documentary “The D”.


Comic Relief And Oxfam Join Forces To Celebrate International Women’s Day

Mar 07, 2017 08:00 am

Richard Curtis: Profile

To celebrate this year’s International Women’s Day, Comic Relief and Oxfam have joined forces to put on a unique comedy gig at the Leicester Square Theatre on Thursday 8th March.

The gig, called ‘Women Stand Up’ will feature an all-female line up with Kerry Godliman hosting a wonderful night of fresh raw talent and familiar faces.

A host of comedy stars of the future and female comedy legends have already pledged their support, with Bridget Christie, Mae Martin, Shappi Khorsandi, Birthday Girls, Athena Kugblenu, Massive Dad, Evelyn Mok and some very special guests all appearing of the night.

Nikki van der Gaag, Oxfam’s Director Women’s Rights and Gender Justice said, “We are delighted to be partnering with Comic Relief, to highlight the work that both charities fund to help women here in the UK and across the world gain power over their lives. Women are still more likely to live in poverty than men and until we tackle inequality we won’t end poverty. ‘Women Stand Up’ will be a night filled with sharp, funny and switched on women bringing a female perspective to life to celebrate International Women’s Day.”

Comic Relief founder Richard Curtis said, “Red Nose Day has always benefited from the support of incredible British comic talent, so it seems right that this year we’re handing the mic over to some of the most exciting new names on the circuit, from writers to stand ups and actors. Oxfam has been a brilliant partner of ours from the very beginning – and is now one of the organisations through which the money raised through Red Nose Day is spent supporting women and girls living incredibly tough lives, both at home in the UK and across the world. It should be a great event.”

‘Women Stand Up’ is the finale of a brand new series of Comic Relief Live gigs in support of this year’s Red Nose Day. John Bishop, Lenny Henry, Jo Brand, and Elis James have all hosted gigs introducing audiences to some of the most exciting up and comers on the British comedy circuit.

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