Oprah Winfrey will kick off Project Angel Food’s third annual Lead with Love two-hour television special, Lead with Love 3 Presented by City National Bank, airing live on KTLA 5, Saturday, July 23, 2022.
Executive Producer Brad Bessey said, “Oprah delivers a powerful opening to our show, encouraging us all to rise to the challenge of our current moment through compassion and empathy that has a lasting impact on our community.”
The growing list of celebrities joining hosts Eric McCormack and Jessica Holmes include Josh Groban, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, Bryce Dallas Howard, Eugene Levy, Fran Drescher, Gloria Estefan, Beth Hall, Sean Hayes, Karamo Brown, Rachel Lindsay, Lori Loughlin, Ross Mathews, Pauley Perrette, Melissa Peterman, Danny Pino, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Holland Taylor, and a Charlie’s Angels reunion with Jaclyn Smith and Cheryl Ladd. Lead with Love 3 also has Charo, Gregory Zarian, Jai Rodriguez, Kim Coles, Lawrence Zarian, Michelle Visage, Linda Duncombe, Lisa Stanley, Tyler Henry, Henry and Stacey Winkler, Richard Gere, Cheryl Burke, Chaz Dean, Jonathan Del Arco, TikTok Impersonator Matt Friend and Rosemary Watson as Martha Stewart.
Sarah McLachlan, Pat Benatar and Neil Giraldo, and Five for Fighting are recording performances exclusively for Lead with Love 3, while Debbie Gibson and Taylor Dayne are performing live at the KTLA Studios in Hollywood. Loni Love and Alec Mapa return as co-hosts with Lisa Foxx as announcer. The Hollywood Reporter was first to break the news on Lead with Love 3’s all-star lineup.
For this year’s star-studded event, Bessey has named veteran live event and unscripted producer Michael Levitt to the Executive Producer team, along with Project Angel Food’s Richard Ayoub, and Mark McBride, and Marcus Smith and Jacob Burch for KTLA. Michelle Robinson returns as Co-Executive Producer.
“While this year’s show will be a jam-packed, entertaining, two hours of celebrity, music, comedy and heartwarming profiles of our clients and our work; we can’t lose sight of our goal – to raise one million dollars in just one night,” said Richard Ayoub, Executive Producer, and CEO of Project Angel Food. “Because of increasing demand, and skyrocketing fuel and food costs; it costs us one million dollars more to serve L.A.’s critically ill this year than it did last year. We are trusting the sponsorships and donations made by viewers during Lead with Love 3 to bridge that gap.”
Since premiering in June 2020, Lead with Love has raised $2 million for Project Angel Food’s vital work of feeding critically ill men, women, and children in Los Angeles County. The organization prepares and delivers more than 1.2 million Medically Tailored Meals each year. Lead with Love has been renewed by KTLA and City National Bank through 2024. Lead with Love 2021 is nominated for a Los Angeles Area Emmy Award, which will be announced on Saturday, July 23, while Lead with Love 3 is live on the air.
Sponsors for Lead with Love 3 Presented by City National Bank include City National Bank, Herb Ritts Foundation, Amazon/Glamazon, San Manuel Band of Mission Indians and Yaamava’ Resort & Casino at San Manuel, The Kroger Co. Foundation, Kevin Xu & Raven Yin, The Chuck Lorre Family Foundation and Retrouvé.
About Project Angel Food: Founded in 1989, Project Angel Food strives to end food insecurity and improve health outcomes of critically ill men, women, and children in Los Angeles County. The organization delivers Medically Tailored Meals, with care and compassion, directly to their homes. More than 2,500 clients are fed daily, with over 1.2 million meals delivered each year. Project Angel Food is a Four-Star Charity Navigator rating and has been declared an essential service by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
To learn more about Project Angel Food, please visit www.angelfood.org.