Hosted by The Guild, the red carpet event featured 800 guests from the entertainment industry and the corporate world, who enjoyed an evening of exquisite cuisine, live entertainment and a premier silent and live auction. The evening also featured inspiring stories from the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs and their "Bigs" and "Littles." All proceeds from the event benefited the organization's proven mentoring programs.
The 2010 Rising Stars Gala honored Ron Tutor, president and CEO of the Tutor-Saliba Corporation, with the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award. Anne Sweeney, co-chair of Disney Media Networks and president of Disney/ABC Networks, was the honoree for the Sherry Lansing Award. The Golden Star award also honored Mary and Fred Willard, dedicated supporters of Big Brothers Big Sisters.
The Rising Stars Gala is held each year and supported by entertainment executives, leaders in the corporate world and Hollywood's "Rising Stars." Past honorees have included Robin Williams, Kelsey Grammer, Mario Lopez, Dick Clark, Hilary Duff, Mandy Moore, Dakota Fanning, Gary Marshall, Serena Williams, Tim Allen, Andy Garcia, Sue Kroll, Rick Caruso, Sherry Lansing, Dick Cook, Mark Goldston, John Lasseter, Ann Daly, Zach Braff, Sela Ward, Norah Jones and Brad Garrett.
Founded in 1986, The Guild is dedicated to promoting awareness and raising financial support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles. The Guild is a volunteer group comprised of prominent women of the community, who have raised over $8.5 million to support the Big Brothers Big Sisters mentoring programs. In addition to the Rising Stars Gala, The Guild also hosts the Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon.
Walt Disney founded Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angles in 1955. The organization works with at-risk youths to form mentoring relationships. Youths are professionally matched with responsible adults from throughout the community. Their two programs, community-based mentoring and school-based mentoring, creates matches based on compatibility, geography and culture, to empower at-risk youths and help them achieve their full potential.
Studies have shown that the matches have a transformative impact on the Littles, who are less likely to experiment with drugs and alcohol, resort to violence for problem solving, and have better relationships with family, peers and school personnel. The program serves youths ages 6 to 18 in all ethnic groups. Youngsters are identified as at-risk if they come from low-income families, have a single parent home or have an incarcerated parent. Without intervention, these children often become involved with gangs, the judicial system and risk academic failure.
The average length of a mentoring relationship is 38 months. The average length for the school-based program is 14 months.
Each year BBBSLAIE generates its operating budget through the generous contributions of individuals, foundations and corporate partners, that support their mission to provide mentoring relationships for all disadvantaged children who need and want them, contributing to a better future, better schools and stronger communities for everyone.Prosilk is proud to have been a auction sponsor for this worthy event.
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For more information about the Rising Star Gala or Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, visit the website at bbbslaie.org/.