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ENDING YOUTH HOMELESSNESS: 
A BENEFIT FOR
MY FRIEND'S PLACE

WEDNESDAY, OCTOBER 19, 2016

6-10 P.M.

THE TAGLYAN CULTURAL COMPLEX | LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA

HONORING

ASHLEE MARIE PRESTON

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

GIACOMO GIANNOTTI

CHAMPION OF THE YEAR

JOHN PAUL DEJORIA

RECIPIENT OF THE 2016 DREAM AWARD


For one special night each fall, more than 300 business and philanthropic leaders, community members and advocates for homeless youth come together to celebrate My Friend's Place and the champions of our community who make possible transformative opportunities for homeless youth in Los Angeles. An evening of festivities that include world-class entertainment, dining and auctions, Ending Youth Homelessness celebrates our efforts to work together as a community to end youth homelessness, one young person at a time.

2016 SPONSORS


2016 SPONSORS


2016 SPONSORS

Premier Sponsors


HERO SPONSORS

JOANIE BERKLEY

CAPITAL GROUP COMPANIES

PILGRIM MEDIA GROUPS

      SOUTHERN CALIFORNIA GAS COMPANY

 WILLIAM MORRIS ENDEAVOR ENTERTAINMENT

LEADER SPONSORS

ARMIN AND MARILYN SZATMARY

FRIEND SPONSORS

CAMERON MITCHELL RESTAURANTS

PROGRAM UNDERWRITER

The Vladimir & Araxia Buckhantz Foundation

DÉCOR UNDERWRITER

The Frederick H. Gillmore Foundation


Event Partners

SPONSORSHIP


SPONSORSHIP


SPONSORSHIP OPPORTUNITIES

$25,000 PRESENTING SPONSOR

  • Listing as Presenting Sponsor in all materials

  • Prominent name and/or logo placement in all electronic and print promotion, including invitation (2,500 distribution), website, e-mail blasts  (5,900+ distribution) and social media (15,000+ distribution)

  • Prominent name and/or logo placement onsite, including step and repeat and electronic tribute display
  • Verbal recognition during program
  • One Premium VIP table for 10 with complimentary valet parking, champagne and special treats for your guests
  • A portion of your donation will help provide transformative programs and services for 1,500 homeless youth who will visit My Friend’s Place  this year.

$10,000 PREMIER SPONSOR

  • Listing as Premier Sponsor in all materials
  • Prominent name and/or logo placement in all electronic and print promotion, including website, e-mail blasts (5,900+ distribution) and social media (15,000+ distribution)
  • Prominent name and/or logo placement onsite, including step and repeat and electronic tribute display
  • One VIP table for 8 with complimentary valet parking
  • A portion of your donation will help provide transformative programs and services for 1,500 homeless youth who will visit My Friend’s Place this year.

$5,000 HERO SPONSOR

  • Listing as Hero Sponsor in all materials
  • Name and/or logo placement in all electronic and print promotion, including website, e-mail blasts (5,900+ distribution) and social media (15,000+ distribution)
  • Name and/or logo placement onsite
  • One table for 6 with complimentary valet parking
  • A portion of your donation will help provide transformative programs and services for 1,500 homeless youth who will visit My Friend’s Place this year.

$1,000 LEADER SPONSOR

  • Listing as Leader Sponsor in all materials
  • Name and/or logo placement in all electronic and print promotion,  including website, e-mail blasts (5,900+ distribution) and social media (15,000+ distribution)
  • Name and/or logo placement onsite
  • Four tickets for general admission to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place which includes cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment and complimentary valet parking

$500 FRIEND SPONSOR

  • Listing as Friend Sponsor in all materials
  • Two tickets for general admission to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place which includes cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment and complimentary valet parking

$150 INDIVIDUAL TICKET

  • One ticket for general admission to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place which includes cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment and complimentary valet parking

$100 EMERGING LEADERS COUNCIL GENERAL ADMISSION TICKET

  • One ticket for general admission to Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place which includes cocktails, dinner, silent and live auction, entertainment and complimentary valet parking

 UNDERWRITING OPPORTUNITIES

    $15,000                                 $12,500                                            $10,000

     Dinner Underwriter              Entertainment Underwriter             Video Underwriter    

     $8,000  SOLD                      $6,000                                             $5,000  SOLD

     Program Underwriter            Beverage Underwriter                    Decor Underwriter

      $3,000                                  $1,000

      Auction Underwriter             Photography Underwriter

HONOREES


HONOREES


Champion of the Year Award - Giacomo Gianniotti

Giacomo Gianniotti has been volunteering at My Friend’s Place for more than a year. In working with My Friend’s Place, Giacomo says he has found a home of like-minded, incredible people who are altruistic beyond belief, and shares that he is so proud to be a part of what My Friend's Place is doing year after year for the homeless youth of Los Angeles—a cause that is very near and dear to his heart. This past Spring, Giacomo recruited more than 40 of his fellow Grey's Anatomy cast and crew to run the Los Angeles Tough Mudder Half on behalf of My Friend's Place, raising worldwide awareness around the issue of youth homelessness and more than $15,000 in support of My Friend's Place.

Giacomo is an Italian/Canadian actor who got his roots in film and theatre from a young age. He has worked as an actor for over 15 years in film, television and stage; working in Canada, Italy and the United States. He is the co-founder and President of his film production company, Fired Up Studios, which is slated to shoot it's first feature film in the summer of 2017, which Giacomo himself will star in. He is also a singer songwriter and spends most of his free time writing music and collaborating with other artists. He is most recently known for his role as Dr. Deluca on ABC's Greys Anatomy.


Champion of the Year Award - Ashlee Marie Preston

Ashlee Marie Preston is a diversity speaker, media advocate and trans activist originally from Louisville, Kentucky. She bravely shares her journey as a formerly homeless youth at My Friend’s Place and the obstacles she has overcome as a means of empowerment and community building. Ashlee currently reigns as Miss Quest 2016, a pageant that promotes social advocacy and empowerment within the transgender community. This year, she is also the recipient of the Connie Norman Advocacy Award, the APAIT Community Empowerment Award, and she was recognized by the City of Los Angeles for her involvement with the launch of the Transgender Civic Engagement Leadership Series through the Human Relations Commission.

Ashlee is the Chair of Communications and serves on the Executive Committee for the Transgender Service Provider Network, and she is also a board member with the Trans Chorus of Los Angeles, the Imperial Court of Hollywood/Los Angeles, and the CSW/LA Pride Organization. Committed to utilizing media as a vehicle in which to implement change and social awareness, Ashlee has been featured in numerous BuzzFeed videos, is currently one of the faces in the FDA’s "This Free Life" campaign to address tobacco-related deaths in LGBT youth, and produces documentary films that speak to the narrative of underserved communities.


The Dream Award - John Paul DeJoria

John Paul DeJoria’s rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream—he is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and pillar of the business community.  Once homeless, he has struggled against the odds to achieve success, launching multiple global enterprises, while always supporting his motto, “Success Unshared is Failure.”
 
Throughout the length of his success as Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board of John Paul Mitchell Systems and the Patrón Spirits Company, among other successful brands, John Paul has made philanthropy paramount. In 2011, he signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” as a formal promise to continue giving back.  The same year, he established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable investments, which span the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness.
 
John Paul’s charitable work expands worldwide through his work with global organizations, renowned world leaders and A-list personalities. He has aligned with Nelson Mandela and 46664 to help raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, supports Robert Kennedy, Jr. and his clean water efforts ongoing via Waterkeeper Alliance, and rainforest conservation and reforestation projects in Peru and Guatemala through an alliance with Reforest’Action. John Paul has been profiled for his corporate and philanthropic initiatives across a multitude of media outlets including 20/20, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Fox, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, CNBC and NBC, and recently appeare

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AUCTION


AUCTION


AUCTION

Contributing an auction item or package offers a fantastic way to support the vital programs and services of My Friend’s Place while providing a unique opportunity to highlight your commitment to ending youth homelessness and building brighter futures for our youth. Auction contributors will be acknowledged in event materials at the event and through various online platforms including our e-newsletter, website and social media platforms.

If you’re interested in contributing to our auction, please download and fill out the following form and e-mail it to Jeff Katz, Development & Communications Manager, at jkatz@myfriendsplace.org



Live Auction Items


Mammoth Vacation

Escape to the tranquility of Mammoth Mountain with a four-night stay in this resort home created by Howard Hirsch, legendary designer of the Beverly Hills Hotel. Conveniently located two blocks from Canyon Lodge and a half-mile from the Canyon Village, this three-story house sleeps up to eight people and has two fireplaces, cathedral ceilings, wireless access, and sweeping view windows. 


Maui Vacation

Enjoy the Hawaiian island of Maui with a 4 night stay in the comfort of a beachfront condo located on Charley Young Beach. This beautiful home sleeps up to 3 people with one bedroom and a sleeper sofa including a spacious living and kitchen area. Come experience the Aloha spirit! 

MOCA VIP Experience

Enjoy a private, curator-led exhibition tour at the Museum of Contemporary Art. Moca's Curatorial Fellow Anna Katz will personally guide your group of up to 12 through an exclusive look at one of the museum's upcoming or current exhibitions of your choice. A rare opportunity not to be missed! 

Spend an LA Night at the Hollywood Bowl

Enjoy an evening at the Hollywood Bowl for a 2017 Saturday concert of your choice.  You and five guests will have one of the best views in the house with your own garden box seats plus parking. 


Auctioneer

Michael has been seen on The Late Late Show with James Corden,  Sesame Street, Nickelodeon, The Gong Show, 30 Seconds to Fame, The David Letterman show and his own comedy DVD special Bananas with Michael Rayner. He frequently pops up in TV commercials. He was a weird scientist for IBM and a dork washing a cardboard car for Saturn. He played a hapless gas station attendant who tries to take a photo of Elvis in an Energizer battery commercial and has appeared with Ringo Star, Jane Seymour, Neil Patrick Harris and Anthony Quinn promoting other worthwhile products. Michael has done warm-up for many sitcoms including Lucky Louie, The Chocolate News, That ‘70s Show, Reba, Dharma and Greg, Stark Raving Mad, Then Came You, Two of a Kind, Two Guys and a Girl, and the specials Thou Shalt Laugh II and Home for the Holidays.   Along with his variety show he also is a comedy auctioneer. 

LEADERSHIP


LEADERSHIP


2016 BENEFIT COMMITTEE

Sponsorship Co-Chairs:

Kevin Beggs & Gregory Butler

Auction Chair:

Kathy Mandato

Event Design Co-Chairs:

Marcus Gray & Devynn Smith

Committee

Randee Benavente

Joanie Berkley

Jesselle Corpuz

Nicole Ellis

Ian Gotler

Cheryl Hayward

David Jarrett

Kristina Loughery

Meera Manek

Danielle Marquez

Toni Morgan

Brigit Muller

Kristie Sanchez

Jacqueline Sheen

N. Dexter Williams


MY FRIENDS PLACE 2016 BOARD OF DIRECTORS

Co-Presidents

Rod Barr

Writer

Scott Walker

Founder - Credit West, LLC

Treasurer

Gregory Butler

CEO, WholeWorldBand

Secretary

Michael Oates Palmer

Writer


Directors

Tom Lloyd

Investment Analyst

International Research, Inc.

Rob Long

Writer/Producer

Kathy Mandato

Executive Vice President

Human Resources

 NBCUniversal

Toni Morgan

Executive Vice President

Techera

Michael Oates Palmer

Writer

Kristie Sanchez

Executive Assistant

Capital Group Companies

Philip Segal

CEO & Executive Producer

Original Productions

Mimi Won Techentin

Writer

Ivan Tether

Attorney

Tether Law

N. Dexter Williams

Senior Vice President

Capital Group Companies

Kevin Beggs

Chairman,

Lionsgate Television Group

Lionsgate

Ann Develin Blanchard

Agent

CAA

Joanie Berkley

Owner

Berkley Design

Lylle Breier

Senior VP, Global Marketing

Partnerships and Strategic Alliances, 

Promotions, Synergy and Special

Events for the Walt Disney Studios

George Davis

CEO

Hotchkis & Wiley

Jay Faires

President & CEO

                   Band of Outsiders

 Chuck Freadhoff

Writer

Cheryl Hayward

Community Member

Liz Levitt Hirsch

Chairman of the Board of Directors

Levitt Pavillions

My Friend's Place Executive Director

Heather Carmichael, LCSW

 

Council of Advisors

David Goldhill

Paul Haaga

David Lara

Steve LePore

Craig Scholz

Dana Sims


ABOUT MY FRIEND'S PLACE


ABOUT MY FRIEND'S PLACE


ABOUT MY FRIEND'S PLACE

Since 1988, My Friend's Place has been assisting and inspiring homeless youth to build self-sufficient lives. Serving nearly 1,500 homeless young people ages 12 to 25 and their children each year, My Friend's Place provides a free and comprehensive continuum of care that combines emergency necessities with therapeutic, health and mental health services, creative and living arts programming, and employment and education assistance. Seeking to lower traditional barriers to service and provide trauma-informed, individualized care for almost 100 youth each day, My Friend's Place offers homeless youth the opportunity to improve their psychological, intellectual and physical capacity to reach their potential and leave life on the streets behind for good.

For more information on My Friend’s Place and to learn about additional opportunities to become involved, please click here