Posted: Friday, June 19, 2015 – 6:30 PM
Celebrities, studio executives and supporters of the lupus cause from all backgrounds came together for Lupus LA’s largest fundraising event of the year, “The Orange Ball: A Night of Superheroes,” held at the iconic New York Street lot at Fox Studios.
Chairs for the event, which was filled with excitement from beginning to end and raised $575,000, were Jim Gianopulos, chairman/CEO of Fox Filmed Entertainment; Nancy Utley, president of Fox Searchlight Pictures; and film producer Lauren Shuler Donner.
Comedian Michael Yo emceed and there were performances by singer Serayah (from TV’s Empire) plus the one and only Seal. The outdoor party also featured live entertainment from Cirque Bezerk.
Each year Lupus LA presents awards to individuals who strive to make the world better for those living with lupus. This year’s recipient of the “Loop Award” was actor Michael B. Jordan (Friday Night Lights, Fruitvale Station), whose mother has the disease.
Additional award recipients included Lupus LA‘s Boardmembers Michelle and Allan Kaye, who received the Daniel J. Wallace Founders Award and Dr. C. Andrew Schroeder, who received the Medical Visionary Award for his exemplary dedication to those living with lupus.
“The Orange Ball is such an important event to raise worldwide awareness for all those living with lupus and their families,” said Lupus LA’s Chairman Adam Selkowitz.
Other celebrities who turned out to show their support included Lupus LA Ambassadors Toni Braxton, Terri Seymour, Parminder Nagra, Scott Grimes, Jason Gray-Stanford, Meredith Monroe and Taylor Spreitler, plus Sylvester Stallone, Ahna O’Reilly, Shay Mitchell, Hannah Simone, Karina Smirnoff, Joelle Carter, Ryan Coogler, Kristen Renton, Tasha Smith, and Gregg Daniel. DJ Steve Ider provided music for the night.
Last weekend we lost two very dear friends. On Saturday, Robert Magid, the loving husband of Roberta for the past 46 years and the father of seven children and 10 grandchildren passed away.
On Sunday, it was Herbert Schyman, who leaves behind his wife of 69 years, Shirley, along with two sons, three grandsons and a great grandson. We will greatly miss these two wonderful men.