FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE
PROJECT ANGEL FOOD’S LEAD WITH LOVE 2021 TELETHON RAISES OVER $1.1 MILLION AND LOADED WITH SURPRISES
Hollywood, CA, July 18, 2021 - Last night, Project Angel Food’s LEAD WITH LOVE 2021 Telethon presented by City National Bank, aired live on KTLA5 and was a triumph! Hosted by Will & Grace star Eric McCormack and the magnificent KTLA anchor Jessica Holmes along with Loni Love and Alec Mapa as co-hosts, and executive produced by Brad Bessey, Project Angel Food succeeded in raising $1,126,090, far surpassing their fundraising goal of $800,000.
It’s been a difficult year for everyone, and Project Angel Food is thankful to have received so much support from friends and the community and providing the funding needed to sustain the expanded service to those in need, preparing and delivering over one million medically tailored meals to our most vulnerable neighbors. Project Angel Food Executive Director Richard Ayoub says, “I am overwhelmed with gratitude and inspiration. The success of this tells me Los Angeles is with us every step of the way.”
The program opened with a surprise greeting from Ringo Starr, and from that point on, donations poured in by phone, online, and text…and they’re still coming in. They sent out a call for love, and Los Angeles answered with donations big and small. People calling in were not only giving $5, $10, $100, they were telling stories to volunteers about the son they lost to AIDS, or their own cancer battle, or their friend who has survived because of Project Angel Food. Those phone lines became lifelines to human connection.
The Celebrity Call Lounge was hosted by Alec Mapa and it was quite the party filled with long-time friends of Project Angel Food. Donors had the opportunity to personally speak to the Project Angel Food ALL STAR ANGELS, including Jonathan Adams (Last Man Standing), actor, activist and long-time Project Angel Food supporter Joely Fisher, Jonathan Del Arco (Star Trek: Picard), Beth Hall (Mom), Lauren Tom (Friends), Kirsten Vangsness (Criminal Minds); Lawrence Zarian (The Kelly Clarkson Show), Gregory Zarian (Westworld); and Marc Malkin (Sr. Editor, Variety).
With the help of Loni Love and MYFM’s Lisa Foxx, audiences were kept apprised of the progress of the thousands of donations throughout the evening. Just a few of the evening’s highlights included:
The show was filled with amazing music from such stars as the legendary Gloria Estefan, who specially performed her inspirational We Needed Time, as did Andy Grammer, who recorded Don’t Give Up On Me, as well as Vanessa Williams singing Colors of the Wind, Jewel singing Hands and Phillip Phillips performing his hit song Home.
Thanks to all who contributed live and pre-taped messages for the Telethon Jamie Lee Curtis, Marianne Williamson, Jimmy Smits, Javicia Leslie, Brad Garrett, Matt Bomer, Maria Shriver, Tyler Henry, Wanda Sykes, Sandra Lee, Rachel Lindsay, Sharon Lawrence, Jennifer Tilly, Olympic Gold Medalists Shannon Miller and Oscar De La Hoya, Juan Pablo Di Pace, Ross Mathews, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Katey Sagal, Annie Potts, Wendi McLendon-Covey, Ana Gasteyer and Rachel Dratch, Yvette Nicole Brown, Peter Porte, Chef Cat Cora, Chef Stuart O’Keeffe, Duff Goldman, Conrad Ricamora and long-time Angel Food supporter and Board of Trustees member Pauley Perrette.
Highlights and behind-the-scenes of the night can be seen at Project Angel Food’s website…and it’s still possible to donate by texting LOVE20 to 50155.
Photos from the evening are available here, shot by Emma McIntyre/Getty Images for Project Angel Food: https://www.dropbox.com/sh/5np050sfl6r2zpb/AADYHAKLqTe2lW7kzQnjqH75a?dl=0
Video footage available here, shot by Getty Images for Project Angel Food: https://bit.ly/3zdmEd5
Carol Marshall - (213) 598-5888