More than $2 million was raised to support the Fulfillment Fund's life-changing college access programs at the 18th annual STARS Gala at the Beverly Hilton on Oct. 24.
Adam Sandler presented Rob Moore with the STARS 2012 award, and actor and comedian Patton Oswalt served as host.
Katie McGrath and J.J. Abrams, Skip Brittenham and Ziffren Brittenham LLP, Melina Esrailian, DDS and Eric Esrailian, MD, Michelle and Jack Giarraputo, Cherna and Gary Gitnick, MD, Jessica and Adam Goodman, Cassandra and Brad Grey, Frederick Huntsberry and Madeleine and Tom Sherak served as dinner co-chairs.
More than 1,000 guests attended the gala, which featured a live performance by the Plain White Ts and Cirque du Soleil.
Fulfillment Fund Co-Founders Cherna and Gary Gitnick, MD, presented Tom Booker with the Founders' Humanitarian Award.
Tom Sherak hosted a unique live auction and opportunity drawing for a 2013 Subaru BRZ Limited sports car donated by Casa Automotive Group. A highlight of the evening included a poignant personal story from Fulfillment Fund alumna Shante Lewis, a graduate of UC Santa Cruz and John Hopkins University, and her mentor Judy Carter.
"The Fulfillment Fund is helping thousands of students in low-income communities overcome obstacles to go to college and earn their degrees," said Kenny Rogers, Fulfillment Fund CEO. "Thanks to the generosity of many extraordinary supporters, the Fulfillment Fund's work is making a significant difference in Los Angeles, and becoming a model for change in cities around the country."
Read more about the 2012 STARS Gala in the Hollywood Reporter.
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