The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation presents the annual Heroes of Hollywood Fundraising Gala as a virtual event this evening, Nov. 12, at 5 p.m.
Join a fun, 1930’s themed evening honoring individuals, nonprofits and businesses that have demonstrated exceptional leadership and service in the Hollywood community. The night will kick off with a virtual cocktail hour with live entertainment by Douglas “The Crooner” Roegiers, who will evoke the days of the Big Band era. KOST 103.5 radio personality Ellen K. will serve as master of ceremonies for the gala. Participants will have opportunities to network and bid on some exciting silent auction items.
Proceeds will be distributed as grants from the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation to nonprofits serving the community. The event has raised more than $900,000 and has awarded grants to more than 150 Hollywood community nonprofit organizations.
This year’s Heroes of Hollywood honorees are Assistance League of Los Angeles, Hollywood Food Coalition, the Salvation Army Hollywood, Project Angel Food, Taglyan Complex and Paramount Pictures Viacommunity Days. Each honoree stood out for dedicated service to the Hollywood community.
Two other highlights will be the awarding of the Mary Pickford Award, given to a celebrity who has made a significant difference in the entertainment industry and the Hollywood community, and the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant, which is reserved for outstanding individuals whose efforts have made a lasting, positive impact to the city, the people and the dream of Hollywood.
The recipient of the Mary Pickford Award is restaurateur, philanthropist and activist Lisa Vanderpump, star and producer of “Vanderpump Rules.” An advocate for the LGBT community, Vanderpump is a spokesperson for GLAAD, works with the Trevor Project and has led the annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles. Most recently, she has put her energy into canine charity work with her newly established foundation Vanderpump Dogs.
The Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant will be awarded to Oscar-winning actor, producer, musician and writer Louis Gossett Jr. Gossett was honored with a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame in 1992 and is a passionate activist who created Eracism, a foundation dedicated to ending racism and cultivating peace, justice and equality for all people.
For information, visit hollywoodchamber.net and hollywoodfoundation.org/hoh2020.
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