The Dream Builders Project held its third annual “A Brighter Future for Children” black tie charity gala at Taglyan Complex in Los Angeles on Thursday, March 3, 2016. The sold-out charity gala which benefits the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles was attended by 450 celebrities, professionals and influential guests. This important gala was also featured in US Weekly and Daily Mail. The funds from the gala go towards medical evaluations, treatment and psychiatric rehabilitation of children who have been affected by domestic abuse and neglect. 100% of the net proceeds from ticket sales, poker tournament buy-ins, sale of auction items, and onsite donations will go directly to this great cause.
The gala featured:
- Celebrity-hosted poker tournament with Tom Malloy, the star of Love N’ Dancing.
- A Live Performance by Grammy Award Winning Artist & Composer, Omar Akram
- Open Bar All Night
- Hors D’Oeuvres and a full catered dinner
- A Silent Auction
- Live art exhibits, entertainment and performances
This year’s celebrity attendees at the charity gala included Ariel Winter, Josh Bowman, Tara Reid, David Marciano, Shanna Moakler, Karina Smirnoff, Julie McNiven, Kat Graham, the Harris Brothers, and also included a special Grammy award winning performance by composer and pianist, Omar Akram.
Various brands offered guests some of Los Angeles’ best products and experiences. Auction and swag bag items were donated by Neiman Marcus Beverly Hills, LA Lakers, LA Kings, Pure Barre Hollywood, The London West Hollywood, Sugarfina, Le Jolie Medi Spa, Total Wine and More, Amoeba Music, and many others.
Guests also enjoyed flowers from Flower Gypsy, organic beverages from Suja Juice, bags of Skinny Pop popcorn, arcade games from Royce’s Arcade Warehouse, selfie opportunities from PHHHOTO and Hive Social Lab. Beer and wine was courtesy of Abigaile and Sabina Vineyards.
It’s been reported that the Audrey Hepburn CARES Center at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles admits 500-600 children annually. 66% of the children admitted are under the age of five, while 45% are under the age of two. The most common symptoms and injuries that the center treats are results of neglect (32%), physical abuse (26%), and sexual abuse (13%). Sadly, each year approximately 30 to 35 victims of child abuse lose their lives in Los Angeles County.
Highlights from the 2015 DBPLA Charity Gala:
About The Dream Builders Project
The Dream Builders Project is a Los Angeles-based, nonprofit organization whose mission is to grow and develop the community by aiding, funding, and raising awareness about many of the city’s key social issues, including child abuse and neglect, poverty, homelessness, and severe illness and disease. With one objective and one goal in mind — to give back — The Dream Builders Project is not restricted to any particular group or cause but is purely dedicated to the improvement of humanity. For more information, visit www.thedreambuildersproject.com.