PROJECT ANGEL FOOD hosted the 27th annual ANGEL AWARDS GALA on Saturday, August 19, 2017 at our headquarters at 922 Vine Street, where the parking lot and adjacent side street were transformed into a magical wonderland, where 470 supporters, celebrities and the media partied like it was 1984 and in the process raided a whopping $600,000 to benefit PROJECT ANGEL FOOD.
This year the vent held special significance as the legendary GEORGE MICHAEL was honored posthumously. He was a longtime friend, volunteer and supporter, and to date our largest individual donor. George received PROJECT ANGEL FOOD’S Elizabeth Taylor Leadership Award named for the iconic star who was a loyal and generous benefactor. PROJECT ANGEL FOOD client, GREGG SHORE accepted the award on his behalf.
The highlight of the evening was a live performance by QUEEN front man ADAM LAMBERT, who performed a musical tribute to GEORGE MICHAEL singing his hits “Faith “ and “One More Try” and finishing with QUEEN’S “Somebody to Love, which George Michael had also covered. The performance brought the house down and the crowd to its feet.
NORDSTROM was also honored as a longtime corporate partner and active participant in the PROJECT ANGEL FOOD mission. Accepting the Award on their behalf was KANDICE DOLKART, Manager of the Century City NORDSTROM store. KTLA 5’s JASON BALL, Vice President News and GAYLE ANDERSON KTLA5 Morning News Reporter, were likewise honored for their outstanding commitment to PROJECT ANGEL FOOD. KTLA Anchor LU PARKER accepted the Award on Gayle’s behalf.
The evening was as star-studded event with celebrities including stylist CHAZ DEAN, a longtime supporter also this years’ Presenting Sponsor, CHERYL TIEGS, CARSON KRESSLEY, AARON CARTER, SHARON LAWRENCE, SHERYL LEE RALPH, LAWRENCE & GREGORY ZARIAN, KATHERINE CASTRO, MARY JO CATLETT, ANASTACIA, HAL SPARKS, JOEY FULLER, JANET GUNN, MAX & CHARLIE CARVER, OLE HENRIKSON &TYLER HENRY.
The PROJECT ANGEL FOOD mission is all about food and love. Food was evident as guests feasted on delicacies created by some of Los Angeles’ most famous Chefs, including the evening’s Culinary Director, RORY HERRMANN, Chef/Owner Barrel & Ashes, on starters JASON NERONI Chef/Owner Rose Café, main courses by NEAL FRASER, Chef/Owner Redbird/Vibiana and Private Chef STUART O’KEEFFE on desert. The love was also apparent as the evening proceeded with an auction that included two sets of Will and Grace tickets, including a meet and greet with the cast which sold for $10,000 each. A McLaren driving experience with a 2018 McLaren and a professional racecar driver which raised another $12,000.
Additional individual donations combined to raise $20,000 to send 100 children of clients with their parents to “Cinderella” at the Hollywood Pantages Theater and an anonymous donor paid $10,000 for a one-on-one reading with “Hollywood Medium” TYLER HENRY.