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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Big Brothers Big Sisters ‘Bash’ Sets Fundraising Record

Big Brothers Big Sisters raised more than $1 million at The Beverly Hilton from its “Big Bash Gala.” Pictured (from left): honorees Chris Silbermann, Lori Greiner, and Steve Soboroff and his “Little Brother” Terry A. Williams. Photo by Vince Bucci
Jason Alexander interviews Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, director general of Sheba Medical Center at the Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer 70th anniversary gala at The Beverly Wilshire. Photo by Chris Robertson

Posted Friday, November 2, 2018 - 6:56 pm

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. honored outstanding members of the community at its annual “Big Bash Gala” at the Beverly Hilton. Awards recognized individuals who are inspiring and positive role models to our youth.

These went to Chris Silbermann, founding partner of ICM Partners, (Walt Disney Man of the Year Award, presented by Lorrie Bartlett of ICM Partners); LAPD Police Commission President Steve Soboroff and his “Little Brother” Terry A. Williams (Golden Legacy Award, presented by Pat Harvey of KCBS and KCAL9); inventor/entrepreneur of Shark Tank fame Lori Greiner (Sherry Lansing Award, presented by Stephen Galloway, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter); and in absentia actor Michael B. Jordan (Trailblazer Award, presented by comedian Tommy Davidson).

Host Orny Adams kicked off the evening by welcoming the Debbie Allen Dance Academy to the stage for an exciting performance. Host Orny also revealed that honoree Chris Silbermann had broken a “Big Bash Gala” record, by raising more money for the BBBSLA event than any other honoree in history.

Board Chair Laura Lizer introduced the new modernized logo for BBBSLA and a renewal of its mission to enlist parents, guardians, mentors to be “defenders of potential.” Inspiring testimonials from Big and Little matches Miles LeBlanc and Reginald Leslie set the mood for a heartwarming night which raised a record $1.007 million.

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported one-to-one mentoring relationships that change the lives of both, for the better, forever. Many of the youth in this program come from extremely challenging circumstances at home, at school or in their neighborhood.

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Friends of Sheba Medical Center, Tel HaShomer, held its 70th anniversary gala at The Beverly Wilshire to highlight the history of Sheba and its legacy of saving lives, as well as its remarkable contribution to innovative medical care across the globe. The SRO event,which raised more than $1 million, was chaired by Benjamin Boston and Gal Ben-Naim and featured dinner and dancing plus a musical performance by acclaimed Israeli composer and singer Shanee Zamir.

Emceed by actor/director/comedian Jason Alexander, the 450 guests were also treated to his interview with Prof. Yitshak Kreiss, director general of Sheba Medical Center, during which the latter provided remarkable insight into Sheba’s City of Health and the astounding accomplishments in patient care, medicine and research.

Dr. Itai Pessach, director of the Edmond and Lily Safra Children’s Hospital at Sheba Medical Center, a senior pediatric critical care physician, spoke about the unbelievable challenges and incredible reward of his heroic efforts to save the lives of children of all ethnicities across the Middle East.

Former elite Israel Defense Forces soldier Ohad Ben-Ishay provided a personal testimony of Sheba Medical Center’s life-saving expertise as he recounted his harrowing story of surviving critical shrapnel wounds to the head during Operation Protective Edge in 2014. At Sheba, he was treated and rehabilitated, enabling him to literally become a walking success story.

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The “Barbara Berlanti Heroes Gala” benefitting F*** Cancer took place at Warner Bros. Studios in Burbank.

The evening honored the group’s co-founder Yael Cohen Braun with the Barbara Berlanti Vanguard Award for her groundbreaking work educating young adults on the importance of early detection, as well as actor and boardmember Stephen Amell with the Hero Award for his exceptional work raising funds and awareness for the organization.

The event was hosted by Jeff Garlin and featured a special performance by Kristin Chenoweth and a closing stand-up sketch by Trevor Noah. Funds raised from the gala will go towards On-the-Ground Programs.

Guests included: Tala Ashe, Sera Gamble, Olivia Munn, Aisha Tyler, Rachel Zoe, Chloe Bennet, Erin Foster, Danielle Panabaker, Scooter Braun, Julianna Harkavy, Heather Parry, Constance Wu, Benny Blanco, Lil Dicky, Toby Emmerich, Candice King, Nicole Maines, Morgan Stewart, Catt Sadler, Kayla Ewell, Sara Foster, Tony Gonzalez, Jennifer Meyer, Maisie Richardson-Sellers, Peter Roth, and many more.

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