About a month ago, I was presented with an amazing honor. A very good friend of mine named Isabel Chavez recommended me to be recognized by an outstanding organization called Operation: Children. Isabel has worked with the group and thought I would be a good fit. She is a wonderful young woman whom I’ve known for nearly 5 she years. We became close friends while working in casting at MTV. I was even her confirmation sponsor when she converted to Catholicism 2 years ago.
Needless to say I was thrilled to hear that she had spoken so highly of me to the ladies who run Operation: Children. I met with the organizers and was amazed at what incredible women they are. Their dedication to local children who are in need of loving families is steadfast. They are on a mission to connect fantastic lovable kids with warm accepting adoptive parents. I was moved by their commitment to this cause and immediately wanted to be involved. While this partnership is still budding, I’m excited to participate in future adopt fests along side them.
When I was told I’d be honored with the Young Humanitarian Award, I was of course humbled and flattered. I was also slightly surprised as I feel like its only the beginning of my philanthropic endeavors.
On October 7th, 2010 my always supportive handsome other half accompanied me as I proudly accepted the award. Operation: Children put on an absolutely beautiful event at the Palisades Country Club. The theme was Monte Carlo casino night and featured gambling, a silent auction, a live auction and awards ceremony. Hollywood screen legend Jane Russell was on hand to present actor and adoptive father Willie Garson with his award. Dan Doyle was honored as Man of the Year. Superstar song writer Jeff Barry served as host and master of ceremonies. He is an absolute delight. If you don’t recognize him by name, you have certainly heard one of his songs. His writing credits are extensive and include “Then He Kissed Me,” “Leader of the Pack” and “Chapel of Love.” When I asked him what genre of music he writes he simply answered “hits.” I had a fantastic time gambling, dining and bidding on items all in the name of charity.
Like I said this distinguished is only the beginning. I’m thrilled to keep forging ahead with the various charities I hold so dearly in my heart. Check out pictures and a video of my acceptance speech below. Get out and give back!