Thank you to everyone who supported My Friend's Place 30th Anniversary Gala! Stay tuned for more details for the 2019 Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend's Place. For information on sponsorship, please contact Jeff Katz at firstname.lastname@example.org or 3323-908-0011 ext 101.
In the meantime, check out this year's gala below.
THE HOLLYWOOD PALLADIUM | LOS ANGELES, CALIFORNIA
3215 SUNSET BLVD., LOS ANGELES
COCKTAILS AND SILENT AUCTION
DINNER, AWARDS AND ENTERTAINMENT
THANK YOU FOR JOINING US IN CELEBRATING
IN THE LIVES OF HOMELESS YOUTH
Thirty years ago, two friends sought to help homeless youth living on the streets of Hollywood by making and distributing sack lunches. This simple act of kindness inspired an extraordinary community to come together in partnership to bring youth experiencing homelessness in Los Angeles the safety, compassionate care and opportunities that support their trajectory toward stability, self-sufficiency and a permanent exit from homelessness.
The Happy Hippie Foundation is a nonprofit organization founded by Miley Cyrus in 2014 to rally young people to fight injustice facing homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable populations. The Happy Hippie Foundation provides homeless youth, LGBTQ youth and other vulnerable youth populations with consistent support services to build well-being, crisis response services to meet basic immediate needs, and prevention services.
Alice Waters is a chef, author, food activist, and the founder and owner of Chez Panisse Restaurant in Berkeley, California. She has been a champion of local sustainable agriculture for over four decades. In 1995 she founded the Edible Schoolyard Project, which advocates for a free school lunch for all children and a sustainable food curriculum in every public school. She has been Vice President of Slow Food International since 2002. She conceived and helped create the Yale Sustainable Food Project in 2003, and the Rome Sustainable Food Project at the American Academy in Rome in 2007. Her honors include election as a Fellow of the American Academy of Arts and Sciences in 2007; the Harvard Medical School’s Global Environmental Citizen Award, which she shared with Kofi Annan in 2008; and her induction into the French Legion of Honor in 2010. In 2015 she was awarded the National Humanities Medal by President Obama, proving that eating is a political act, and that the table is a powerful means to social justice and positive change. Alice is the author of fifteen books, including New York Times bestsellers The Art of Simple Food I & II, The Edible Schoolyard: A Universal Idea, and, a memoir, Coming to My Senses: The Making of a Counterculture Cook.
Angela Helton is the wife of USC Head football coach Clay Helton. Angela and Clay both felt that with the honor and opportunity of being named the Head Coach of the USC Trojan football team in 2016 that it was important to give back to the greater Los Angeles community. After deciding to focus their community outreach efforts to the homeless youth of Los Angeles, Angela connected with the USC Suzanne Dworak-Peck School of Social Work for guidance and information about local homeless agencies, upon which Angela was introduced to My Friend’s Place. Since 2016, Angela has spearheaded the partnership between USC football and My Friend’s Place, including coordinating annual sneaker drives at USC, serving meals alongside USC football players, organizing the holiday efforts for the My Friend’s Place Parenting Program and setting up volunteer activities for USC football players, coaches and staff throughout the year
My Friend’s Place Board Member Cheryl Hayward has devoted much of her life to service, be it education, environment or youth development and support. Cheryl first began volunteering at My Friend’s Place in 2010 and quickly immersed herself into the program, spending two days a week volunteering on site while also chaperoning field trips and cultural experiences with young people around Los Angeles. With particular interest in the My Friend’s Place Parenting Program, Cheryl annually hosts the Mother’s Day and Father’s Day celebrations, helping empower these young parents while celebrating their achievements. In addition to her volunteerism with My Friend’s Place, Cheryl also devotes her time to Skid Row Housing Trust, where she helped develop a volunteer program in 2011. Now, splitting her time between the U.S. and New Zealand, Cheryl and her husband Bob Hayward are working on eco-restoration on New Zealand’s North Island, as well as providing scholarship opportunities to children to attend higher education.
Since launching in 2010, Instagram has become one of the world’s leading social networking apps, with a community of more than 800 million who capture and share the world's moments. In 2017, Instagram launched it’s #KindComments campaign, aimed at capturing some of the inspiring stories of people on Instagram and the impact that a compassionate and supportive comment can make. The first-ever #KindComments project featured leaders and advocates from the trans community on Instagram reading inspiring comments of support from their followers on camera, and soon spread to include a number of other communities. Communities of support were a major trend on the platform in 2017, with Instagram users coming together on issues within the LGBTQ+ community, discussions around mental health and recovery, sex and body positivity, as well as women collectives and artists promoting female issues.
Multi-hyphenate star of film, music and TV, Black currently stars in the blockbuster film Jumani: Welcome to the Jungle. The two-time Golden Globe nominee has been in dozens of hit movies including School of Rock, The Holiday, Shallow Hal, Kung-Fu Panda and King Kong. He will next be seen in Netflix’s The Polka King, where he transformed himself into the infamous Jan Lewan in a movie that earned him rave reviews coming out of Sundance. Additionally, he recently wrapped The House with a Clock in its Walls opposite Cate Blanchett. On the music front, he and Kyle Gass make up the rock music duo Tenacious D.
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 Serita Robinson, Development Associate, at email@example.com
Sylvia Chivaratanond Gregory Butler
Founder - Credit West, LLC
N. Dexter Williams
Senior Vice President
Capital Group Companies
Liz Levitt Hirsch
International Research, Inc.
Human Resource Executive
Executive Vice President
Michael Oates Palmer
Mimi Won Techentin
Lionsgate Television Group
Ann Develin Blanchard
Senior VP, Global Marketing
Partnerships and Strategic Alliances,
Promotions, Synergy and Special
Events for the Walt Disney Studios
President & CEO
Band of Outsiders
My Friend's Place Executive Director
Heather Carmichael, LCSW
Council of Advisors
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.