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WRITERS IN TREATMENT–Writers in Treatment bestowed its 10th Experience, Strength and Hope Award on Jodie Sweetin (second from left), one of the stars of ABC-TV’s "Fuller House." She is flanked by Writers In Treatment founder Leonard Buschel and actor John Stamos.

Posted Monday, March 25, 2019 - 11:36 am

The Colleagues annual Spring Luncheon will take place on April 9 at The Beverly Wilshire.

Actress/philanthropist and Beverly Hills’ own Marlo Thomas will receive the Champion of Children Award, which honors those who have made a lasting impact on the lives of children. There will be a fashion show of Oscar de la Renta’s Fall 2019 Collection by co-creative directors Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia.

TV host and best-selling author Cristina Ferrare will again emcee and there will also be a live auction, featuring one-of-a-kind items.

The event is executive produced by Gary L. Pudney and produced and directed by Scott H. Mauro. Colleagues’ member Anne Johnson is the executive chair.

For tickets, call 310-474-5377 or email:

Founded in 1950, The Colleagues is a group of 65 active and 25+ sustaining members who volunteer their time and expertise to support and raise funds for The Children’s Institute, Inc. In the effort to serve L.A.’s most vulnerable youngsters harmed by community and family violence, abuse and neglect, The Colleagues has donated more than $25 million to CCI through its high-end resale vintage clothing shop and this yearly “Spring Luncheon.”

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Writers In Treatment, supporting recovery and the arts, honored Jodie Sweetin of ABC-TV’s Full House with its 10th Experience, Strength and Hope Award at the Skirball Cultural Center. Today she continues to shine on and off screen and can be seen reprising her role as Stephanie Tanner in the Netflix reboot Fuller House.

The honor is given in recognition of an individual’s memoir including their honest journey from addiction to recovery, and their dedication and enthusiasm for carrying the “message.”

Hosting this year’s award show was six-time Emmy-nominee and environmentalist, Ed Begley, Jr. He was joined by comedian Mark Schiff with special appearances by Global Golden winner Joanna Cassidy and past recipient Mackenzie Phillips.  

Tony Denison of TNT’s Major Crimes, presented the annual REEL Recovery Film Festival “Audience Favorite Award” to Andy Irons: Kissed By God, directed by Todd and Steve Jones.

Founded by Leonard Buschel, Writers In Treatment helps men and women in the writing industry suffering from alcoholism, drug addiction, and other self-destructive behaviors to find treatment sources for their illness.

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The L.A. chapter of the Freedoms Foundation at Valley Forge hosted a luncheon at Westwood’s Napa Valley Grille where four persons were honored after being nominated by FFVFLA members Gloria Dahl, Beatrice Restifo, Trish Bowe-Guarino and Jacque Heebner.

Chapter President Diane Deshong introduced three winners of the George Washington Honor Medals: (1) Carolyn Blashek– founder of Operation Gratitude–for inspiring young citizens to meet the needs of the military and first responders by providing care packages to those oversees or away from home while assisting others during a dire need; (2) Michael C. Jones, a former teacher-attendee at Valley Forge, working as a teacher for those who are special needs and coach of six-time national champion Academic Decathalon teams; (3) and Wink Martindale, a game show TV star and the host of numerous charitable events, has written a beautiful tribute to the flag, which he has performed nationwide on various news programs.

The Freedoms Foundation Certificate of Merit was then presented to John Medlin, a documentarian, veterans rights advocate, and founder of Messages-Matter.

Following the award ceremony, VP Rosemary Licata introduced guest speaker Pete Peterson, a senior fellow at Pepperdine’s Davenport Institute and at the Hoover Foundation, who delivered and inspiring speech.

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