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YES 20TH ANNIVERSARY CELEBRATION HONORED WILLOW BAY AND BOB IGER, FEATURING A MUSICAL PERFORMANCE BY GLOBAL SUPERSTAR CHRISTINA AGUILERA

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA - SEPTEMBER 23: (L-R) Honoree Bob Iger and YES President and Founder Eric Eisner attend the YES 20th Anniversary Gala on September 23, 2021 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for YES 20th Anniversary Gala)

Star-Studded Gala Raised Over $5 Million for YES

(Los Angeles, CA – September 24, 2021) – YES hosted the YES 20th Anniversary Celebration on Thursday, September 23, at The Maybourne Beverly Hills, where they honored Willow Bay and Bob Iger for their decades-long support of the organization. The Gala, which celebrated YES’ extraordinary 20 years of changing lives through education, brought in over $5M for the organization. The special event was hosted by select YES scholars and alumni, and was presented by The Walt Disney Company. 

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LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 23: Honorees Bob Iger and Willow Bay speak onstage during the YES 20th Anniversary Gala in Los Angeles, California. (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for YES 20th Anniversary Gala)

Mellody Hobson and David Geffen served as Co-Chairs for the Gala. The two took to the stage to introduce honorees Willow Bay and Bob Iger, and present them each with a YES Award for their generous contributions over the years. Beyond providing invaluable resources for students, Bay and Iger have personally advocated for and supported scholars, from arranging school transportation to championing grants and charitable partnerships. YES Founder and President Eric Eisner joined YES alumni and scholars onstage during the event, speaking about the organization and the many accomplishments of the students, and YES Executive Director Rebecca Tucker made a powerful appeal from the podium about the program. Throughout the evening, YES scholars shared their moving experiences with guests, detailing how the program has impacted their lives. TV personality Justin Sylvester hosted the auction, which saw former Bachelorette Rachel Lindsey handing out roses to donors during a rapid-fire donation round. Global superstar Christina Aguilera closed out the evening with an unforgettable performance, singing “At Last,” followed by “Reflection,” and “Beautiful.”

Also in attendance were Ashley Olsen and Louis Eisner, Allen Shapiro, Brad Bell, Brian Grazer, Carey Lowell, Chuck Lorre, Colleen Bell, Colin and Elizabeth Callender, Drew Zager, John Landgraf, John Sykes, Lisa Eisner, Lucy Fisher, Mark Canton, Michael Govan, Michael Milken, Nina Shaw, Peter Benedek, Rachel Lindsay, Richard Appell, Roger Birnbaum, and Scott Evans.

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Founded by Eric Eisner, Young Eisner Scholars (“YES”) identifies academically promising students from low-income communities. Beginning as early as elementary school and continuing through high school, college, and career placement, YES provides long-term academic resources and holistic support necessary to make college and career success an attainable goal. Over 90% of YES scholars are first generation college students, and 85% are from households below the national poverty level. With 100% of scholars accepted to college and a 93% rate of college graduation, YES scholars have achieved successful careers at many of the most prestigious companies and institutions around the globe.

The YES 20th Anniversary Celebration was made possible by its many sponsors, including Presenting Sponsor The Walt Disney Company; Summa Cum Laude Sponsors Hobson/Lucas Family Foundation and David Geffen; Magna Cum Laude Sponsors the Dorothy and Diane Brooks Foundation, Steven & Alexandra Cohen Foundation, The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation, and Saban Family Foundation; Cum Laude Sponsors Tom Ford & Richard Buckley, Gagosian, Rebekah & Ilan Shalit; and Dean’s List Sponsors Ambassador Nicole Avant & Ted Sarandos, Boies Schiller Flexner, Heather & Skip Brittenham, Elizabeth & Colin Callender, Comcast NBCUniversal, Lisa Eisner, Endeavor, John Goldwyn & Jeff Klein, Hearst. Richard & Suzanne Kayne Charitable Fund of the Jewish Community Foundation of Los Angeles and Maggie Kayne, Lorraine Kelley & Roger Birnbaum, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Carey Lowell & Tom Freston, Morgan Stanley, Bob Pittman, Liberty Ross & Jimmy Iovine, Schmidt Futures on behalf of Eric & Wendy Schmidt, Allen & Darian Shapiro Foundation, SISTER, The Steve Tisch Foundation, and UTA.

LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA – SEPTEMBER 23: Guest, Katherine Ross, LACMA Director Michael Govan, and honoree Willow Bay attend the YES 20th Anniversary Gala (Photo: Matt Winkelmeyer/Getty Images for YES 20th Anniversary Gala)

For additional information please visit YesScholars.org and follow along on social media @YesScholars on Instagram and Twitter and @YoungEisnerScholars on Facebook.

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ABOUT YES

Young Eisner Scholars (YES) is a 501(c)(3) organization that identifies academically promising students from low-income communities in Los Angeles, New York City, Chicago, and rural Appalachian North Carolina. Beginning as early as elementary school and continuing through high school, college, and career placement, YES provides the long-term resources and holistic support necessary to level the playing field for many of our nation’s brightest minds. With 100% of YES scholars accepted to college and a 93% rate of college graduation, YES scholars enjoy successful careers at some of the world’s most prestigious companies and institutions. www.yesscholars.org.

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