REAL HOUSEWIVES STEP OUT TO SUPPORT PROJECT ANGEL’S ANNUAL GALA ON EMMY WEEKEND
Lisa Rinna and her friends from Real Housewives of Beverly Hills (Kyle Richards and Camille Grammer) and Real Housewives of New Jersey star Jacqueline Laurita stepped out for Project Angel Food’s annual gala, The 2016 Angel Awards, Saturday, September 17, 2016, which included both a silent and live auction raised the incredible sum of $460,000.
Rinna accepted the Humanitarian Award from her husband, Harry Hamlin, as her two gorgeous daughters Delilah Belle and Amelia Gray beamed with pride from their front row seats.
13th District LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell received the Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award from NCIS star Pauley Perrette for his many years of service as a volunteer food delivery driver in the early 90s and his contributions to helping Project Angel Food’s growth.
Attorney Joseph Mannis received the Volunteer of the Year Award from his friend Contemporary Artist Ed Ruscha.
For the 26th annual event, the Project Angel Food parking lot was magically transformed into a chic dining space where celebrities and guests experienced a unique evening of gourmet delights, under the stars.
Adding to the excitement were Rumer Willis (Dancing with the Stars), Tim Bagley (Teachers and Grace & Frankie), TV Personality Carson Kressley, Robert Palmer Watkins (General Hospital), Heroes’ James Kyson, Love Byte’s Jamie Kyson, Cupcake Wars Hollis Wilder, Suzanne Tracht of Jar, Blogger Perez Hilton, Philanthropist Sydney Holland, Fashion Guy Lawrence Zarian, Model Gregory Zarian, Stylist Marcellus Reynolds, Designer Andrew Christian, Criminal Minds Angelica Celaya, Celia’s Jaimy Osoro, Vanessa Villela El Senor de los Cielos, and former Miss Panama Patricia DeLeon.
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PROJECT ANGEL FOOD HOSTS THE 26TH ANNUAL ANGEL AWARDS ON
SATURDAY, SEPTEMBER 17, 2016 AT 6 P.M., AT 922 VINE STREET, LOS ANGELES
HONOREES ARE LISA RINNA, MITCH O’FARRELL & JOE MANNIS
Project Angel Food will host the 26th Annual Angel Awards Gala at 6 p.m. on Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 922 Vine Street, Los Angeles, CA 90038. The event will honor actress Lisa Rinna, 13th District LA Councilmember Mitch O’Farrell and Joe Mannis, partner in the esteemed family law practice Hersh Mannis. Joe will receive the Volunteer of The Year Award. NCIS star Pauley Perrette and TV personality Carson Kressley will be among the presenters.
The gala will be held at Project Angel Food headquarters and the entire parking lot will be transformed into a magical dining space under the stars. A sumptuous menu has been created by celebrity chef Suzanne Tracht of Jar Restaurant, who will be the Honorary Chef for the night. Delicious desserts will be provided by Hollis Wilder of Cupcake Wars, acting as Honorary Pastry Chef.
Lisa Rinna is a longtime supporter and volunteer for Project Angel Food. She currently stars in The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills on Bravo. She appeared on All-Star Celebrity Apprentice and is well known for her role as “Billie Reed” in NBC’s Days of Our Lives as well as playing “Taylor McBride” on Melrose Place for Fox. Lisa is an accomplished New York Times author of three books: The Big, Fun, Sexy, Sex Book, Starlit and Rinnavation. She also released a series of exercise DVDs Lisa Rinna: Dance Body Beautiful for Warner Home Video. In 2012 Lisa launched her own fashion line for QVC and continues to appear on air to support her line. Lisa starred as ”Roxie Hart” alongside her husband Harry Hamlin in the musical Chicago on Broadway. She also performed in the national tour. Lisa and Harry have two daughters.
Mitch O’Farrell was a volunteer delivery driver for Project Angel Food for two years during the early ‘90s. Today he is the Councilmember for the 13th Council District and represents one of the most diverse districts in the city; including the neighborhoods of Atwater Village, Hollywood, East Hollywood, Echo Park, Elysian Valley, Glassell Park, Historic Filipinotown, Rampart Village and Silver Lake. Mitch was elected to office in May 2013 and serves as Chair of the Arts, Parks and Los Angeles River committee, Vice-Chair of Health, Mental Health, and Education and is a member of Entertainment and Facilities committee, Public Safety committee, Public Works and Gang Reduction committee and Energy and Environment committee. He is a member of the Wyandotte Native American Tribe and has held leadership positions in nonprofit organizations including the California Wilderness Coalition and the Santa Cecilia Orchestra which provides after-school classical music lessons to children In the Los Angeles Unified School District.
Before attending Loyola Law School, Joseph Mannis started as a social worker for Los Angeles County’s Aid to the Totally Disabled. Graduating with high distinction, he was admitted to the State Bar of California in 1972. Primarily a litigator, his expertise in this field has ranged from heavy construction to entertainment, and for many years family law. He was recently honored as a legend by the Beverly Hills Bar Association. In 2016 he was also named by Variety to their prestigious list of attorneys in their Legal Impact Report for his innovation and impact on the industry in Los Angeles.
He is a founding partner of Hersh Mannis LLP, a 12-lawyer boutique practice focused on family law. At Hersh Mannis, he has personally represented world famous actors, directors, film executives, musicians and artists. Joe has also produced dozens of rock and jazz concerts and served as Executive Producer of two major motion pictures. He is married to Deborah Mannis, they share a love of contemporary art and are both original founders of MOCA, the Los Angeles Museum of Contemporary Art. His numerous charitable activities include Concern Foundation’s Man of the Year.
Ticket Information: Tickets for the annual gala go on sale online at www.angelfood.org on August 4, 2016. Individual tickets are $500 each.
Tables of 10 are available at the following levels:
Platinum $25,000 Best seating and program recognition
Titanium $15,000 Prime Seating and program recognition
Gold $10,000 Premium Seating and program recognition
Silver $5,000 Priority Seating and Program recognition
Event sponsors include HBO, Hersh Mannis LLP, David Couper Consulting, Annenberg Foundation, Paramount Pictures, So Cal Gas, Kaiser Permanente, Wells Fargo, Gursey Schneider, Pantages Theater, TransAmerica, Silva Watson Moonwalk Foundation and California Teachers Association.
ANGEL ART RETURNS
WITH A BANG
Ruscha, Hockney, Baldessari Sold To Highest Bidder
Some of the biggest names in contemporary art – Ed Ruscha, John Baldessari and David Hockney – headlined the 20th Anniversary of Angel Art which was held on Thursday, June 23, in the recently debuted NeueHouse Hollywood.
Angel Art, which is the preeminent charity art auction in the country, attracted more than 200 philanthropists, art collectors and leaders from the entertainment industry in support of Project Angel Food. After a three year hiatus, Angel Art had a triumphant return raising more than $250,000 for people living with critical illness.
The auction was limited to 12 Live Lots and 31 Silent Lots to allow the event to retain its charm. The curated event featured a rare iPad print by David Hockney, a 10 foot long artwork by RETNA and a Special Edition by Enrique Martinez Celaya. Other artists included Dan Rees, Anthony Pearson, Martin Basher, Ford Beckman, Ramiro Gomez, Keith Mayerson, Gerhard Richter, Kahinde Wiley and many more.
Executive Vice President and Chairman of Sotheby's Americas Andrea Fiuczynski served as the live auctioneer to a crowd that included Vicki Iovine, Linda Janger, Sydney Holland, Jill Janger, Justine Bateman, John McIlwee, board members Joe Mannis, Bobby Ralston, Robert Bauer, David Couper and Tim Robinson and benefit committee members Alex Couri, Michael Maloney, Christine Nichols, Mark Fluent, Kimberly Light, Ben Bougeous, Tim Fleming, Deborah Irmas, John Wolf, Julie Roberts, Esthella Provas, Justin Cavin, Bruno Delavallade and Esther Kim Varet.
Sponsors included Bentley Beverly Hills, UBS and Art Los Angeles Contemporary. And Angel Art partners include Paddle8, Sotheby’s, Joshua White Photography, Absolute! Framemakers, Main Field Projects, Trailer Park, LA Art Show and Art Movement.
The event raised enough money to pay for 50,000 meals for our most vulnerable neighbors.
We have new eco-friendly vans thanks to Elvis’ songwriter Mike Stoller and wife Corky Hale Stoller and The Don & Lorraine Freeberg Foundation
Mike Stoller, one half of the legendary songwriting team of Leiber and Stoller, who wrote with Ben E. King the hit “Stand By Me,” and his acclaimed jazz musician wife Corky Hale Stoller have a history of coming to the rescue of organizations in need. Project Angel Food is the latest recipient of their generosity.
Delivering 496,306 meals a year to 1,200 clients throughout Los Angeles County has taken its toll on several of the organization’s vans. During the holidays, Project Angel Food sent out an appeal to replace a van that had logged more than 120,000 miles. “All I want for Christmas is a new van,” said Pablo Ruacho, a driver for more than 10 years.
Mike and Corky came to the rescue and donated the entire $40,000 for a brand new, eco-friendly van. The Stollers were honored at a van dedication ceremony Monday, May 16, at 2:30 pm at Project Angel Food. The new 2016 Ford van was unveiled and Corky and Mike gave the keys to Project Angel Food delivery driver Bert Cole.
The Stollers have a long history of seeing a need and filling it. They say they have been blessed with good fortune and want to share it. In 2012, the Pasadena Playhouse was in severe financial trouble and in danger of closing its doors. With a large, generous donation, the Stollers were able to save the Playhouse.
The incredibly talented couple are passionate about many worthwhile causes in healthcare, education, the arts and civil rights. They are strong advocates of the Southern Poverty Law Center, where they were recently honored with the naming of the Mike Stoller and Corky Hale Stoller Civil Rights Memorial Theatre. They built in partnership with Planned Parenthood three state-of-the-art health centers including the Dorothy Hecht Center Los Angeles named after Corky’s mother and the Stoller-Filer Health Center in Compton. And recently, they funded student jazz musicians from Foshay Learning Center in South LA to perform in Paris.
Mike Stoller is responsible for some of the biggest hits of our time including “Hound Dog,” “Jailhouse Rock,” and “Is That All There Is.” Currently, he is involved with reprising his hit Broadway show “Smokey Joe’s Cafe: The Songs of Leiber and Stoller.” Corky is producing the musical “I Only Have Eyes For You: The Life And Lyrics of Al Dubin” which just finished a successful run at the Montalban Theater.
And Dan Freeberg, who runs The Don and Lorraine Freeberg Foundation, also came to Project Angel Food for the dedication of our second Eco-boost van. The Freebergs have been very generous to Project Angel Food. They gave us a grant to buy a 1957 Harvester truck and turn it into our popular cookie truck. Dan couldn’t resist getting behind the wheel.
The vans’ fuel-efficient EcoBoost engines will reduce fuel costs by 50 percent and maintenance costs by 30 percent. We are grateful to the Stollers and Freebergs. When you see their vans around town, give our drivers a big thumbs up!
Days of Our Lives Stars & KTLA Bowl For Angels
Project Angel Food held its star-studded Bowling For Angels fundraiser at Studio City’s PINZ on Sunday, May 15 and 160 bowlers participated.
Led by MYfm 104.3 Radio Personality Lisa Foxx, Foxxy’s Ballers -- wearing red sequined bowling shirts -- took home the Spirit Award.
Lisa’s team included Days of Our Lives’ Arianne Zucker, Shawn Christian and Krista Allen and KTLA’s Elizabeth Espinosa and Wendy Burch.
“It’s one of my favorite events of the year. A great day of bowling and fun to benefit others in need.” Lisa said.
Richard Ayoub, Executive Director of Project Angel Food, added, “Celebrities bowl like the rest of us – one gutter ball at a time.”
Bowling for Angels Chairman Alex Boling, star of Secret Life of the American Teenager, sang a charming duet with Criminal Minds vixen Kirsten Vangsness.
The pledge-based event was the most successful in years, bringing in over $70,000.
Below is the list of trophy winners for the day.
- Toni Gallagher
- Richard Ayoub
- Debra Calhoun
- The Hunger Strikers
- Alley of The Dolls
- Deb’s Angels
Strike Master Trophy Team:
- Deb’s Angels
- Foxxy Ballers
Below is a list of the100 Plus Club, which consists of anyone who raised $500 or more, which provides for 100 or more meals for people living with critical illness.
|Name||Team||Fundraising||Number of Meals|
|Ayoub||Richard||Alley of the Dolls||$5,615.00||1,123|
|Gallagher||Toni||The Hunger Strikers||$4,697.00||939|
|Boling||Alex||The Hunger Strikers||$2,847.00||569|
|Bartello||Dina||Alley of the Dolls||$1,820.00||364|
|Cornelius||Gillian||The Hunger Strikers||$1,545.00||309|
|King||Van||Strike Out Hunger||$745.00||149|
|Boone||Isabelle||Rising Angel Leaders||$730.00||146|
|Back||Alex||Rising Angel Leaders||$704.00||141|
|Halloran||Amy||Rising Angel Leaders||$675.00||135|
|Cirillo||Mark||The Hunger Strikers||$625.00||125|
|Ransom||Sarisa||Rising Angel Leaders||$550.00||110|
|Hodes||Keith||Bank of America||$500.00||100|
Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day on April 20
Project Angel Food invited everyone to join in Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day on Wednesday, April 20, 2016. This annual event offers restaurateurs an opportunity to come together by donating a portion of sales from the day to our food service program.
“Angelenos love to dine out and we are excited about this year’s lineup of restaurants for Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day,” said Richard Ayoub, Executive Director of Project Angel Food. “Funds raised from Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day will be help us purchase quality ingredients such as fresh produce, lean proteins and complex carbohydrates for the meals that we prepare in our kitchen each day. It is our hope that everyone will eat out and enjoy their favorite restaurants to help support the great work that we do.”
Participating restaurants in Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day include: The Abbey, Mr. Chow, SUR, Pump, Villa Blanca, Porta Via, Cleo, Connie and Ted’s, Hinoki & the Bird, Hama Sushi, Hedley’s, Hugo’s Restaurant, Katsuya, kitchen24, La Conversation, Off Vine, Pace, Pearl’s, Il Fico, Rock and Reilly’s, Rockwell Table and Stage, JAR, Desano Pizzeria, Momed, Cake Monkey, Del Frisco’s Grille, The District by Hannah An, WeHo Bistro Taste at the Palisades and Taste on Melrose, Benny’s Tacos, Sidewalk Grill, Tortilla Republic, 16 Pick Up Stix locations and many more. “New restaurants are signing up every day and we expect this to be our biggest year yet,” said Bobby Ralston, Chairman of Eat. Drink.Be An Angel. See a complete list of restaurants at HERE.
Project Angel Food Board Member Wayne Elias, who also owns Rockwell Table & Stage, added, “Since our mission is about feeding people who are struggling with illness, it makes sense that we would hold LA’s biggest dine-out event.”
The City of West Hollywood proclaimed April 20, 2016 Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day.
Eat. Drink. Be An Angel Day will change the lives of thousands of people in Los Angeles, while also creating a wonderful sense of community and goodwill for the city’s restaurants. See a full list of participating restaurants HERE.
MARIANNE WILLIAMSON & MITCH O’FARRELL SERVE UP 10 MILLIONTH MEAL
Project Angel Food celebrated an important milestone on Friday, March 18, 2016: our 10 millionth meal.
Founded by spiritual guru Marianne Williamson in 1989, Project Angel Food continues to deliver nutritious meals, free of charge, to people living with HIV/AIDS, cancer, heart disease, kidney failure and lung disease.
Los Angeles City Councilman Mitch O’Farrell, who was a volunteer in Project Angel Food’s early days, attended the celebration and helped to prepare the landmark meal. The City Council proclaimed March 18, 2016 “Project Angel Food Day.”
Councilman O’Farrell, who has been a longtime supporter of Project Angel Food, also helped secure a 4,000 square foot urban garden in Hollywood for the organization to provide organic fruits and vegetables for their 2,000 clients.
Council member O’Farrell, said, “What a remarkable achievement for Project Angel Food! I applaud you for decades of providing nutritious meals to those in need. Thank you for making your home in the 13th District and continuing your mission of giving on two fronts -- to the clients you serve, and to the volunteers whose lives are enriched by the personal interaction and the opportunity to be of service in our communities."
Best-selling author Marianne Williamson, our founder, was on hand in the 8,000 square foot kitchen at 922 Vine Street to mark the historic occasion.
As part of the celebration, global wings artist Colette Miller unveiled her latest set of wings on the side of Project Angel Food’s building.
“We couldn’t have reached this milestone without the thousands of caring and committed volunteers and supporters who help Project Angel Food serve the most vulnerable among us, meeting an ever-increasing demand for our program,” Richard Ayoub, Executive Director of Project Angel Food, said. “Every day, more and more sick and hungry Angelenos reach out to Project Angel Food looking for help. We will continue to provide those who need us with life-sustaining – and life-affirming – services at no charge as long as it takes.”
Christine Ebersole Private Party Raises Nearly $100,000
Two-time Tony Award winning actress Christine Ebersole performed at an intimate benefiting Project Angel Food at the home of Tim Robinson and Bob Cohen on Saturday, January 30, 2016. Guests joined Project Angel Food’s Major Donor Program making it the most successful house party in the 26-year history of Project Angel Food.
NCIS star and Project Angel Food board member Pauley Perrette started the evening off with a $25,000 challenge grant. In the end over $96,000 was raised.
The Hollywood Hills party drew a crowd of 200 including Home Improvement’s Patricia Richardson, Sullivan & Son’s Jodi Long, fashion expert Lawrence Zarian, and West Hollywood City Councilman John D’Amico. Hors d'oeuvres were provided by Chef Wayne at Crumble Catering and cocktails were served up by Leslie Barclay and Diageo.
Coming off of a successful five-night run at the Wallis Annenberg Performing Arts Center in Beverly Hills, Christine stayed an extra night to perform this intimate concert.
“Christine started off with ‘What’s it All About, Alfie’ and brought the crowd to tears when she belted out ‘Will You’ from Grey Gardens, ” said Richard Ayoub, Executive Director of Project Angel Food.
For more than 30 years, Ms. Ebersole has been enchanting audiences on the Broadway stage, television series and specials, films, concert appearances, and recordings. She won a Tony for the smash hit revival of 42nd Street and also for Grey Gardens. Ebersole appeared in many films including Amadeus and Tootsie. Her extensive list of television credits include The Cavanaughs, Valerie and Royal Pains. She has given concert performances at Carnegie Hall, The Kennedy Center and Boston Symphony Hall. Project Angel Food is thrilled to have her powerful voice support their cause.
Project Angel Food had the honor of participating in AVON39 The Walk to End Breast Cancer in Carpinteria
Project Angel Food was a recipient of one of eleven new grants donated by the Avon Foundation for Women to local support organizations; sharing that honor with renowned hospitals, cancer clinics and research centers across Los Angles and Santa Barbara Counties. We are very proud of our role in the continuum of health care for people struggling with serious diagnoses such as cancer, and we are delighted to share this wonderful news with our supporters.
Click here to read the AVON39 press release
Organic vegetables in our meals are healthy additions to our recipes that our clients really enjoy and appreciate
Thanks to the Los Angeles Community Garden Council and Council Member Mitch O'Farrell, we have a new garden and the opportunity to grow a wide variety of herbs and vegetables to enhance our menus. A special thank you to Project Impact at UTA for helping us plant our seedlings and start the Madison Community Garden.
"This food program has made such a positive effect on my life. Just knowing that every day I will be eating a healthy, nutritious and delicious meal has been so beneficial to me in so many ways. I cannot adequately describe my gratitude to you all. God bless." - David G.