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Gala

Our Gala has been POSTPONED

LIGHTS, CAMERA, INCLUSION!

DATE TO BE DETERMINED

The Langham Huntington
1401 South Oak Knoll Avenue
Pasadena, California

Old Hollywood comes to life for our 19th Annual Gala at The Langham in Pasadena.  Join us on the red carpet for this glamorous, star-studded event.

Meet our honorees:

Steve Soboroff is an incomparable entrepreneur and business leader who has been instrumental in the development of our inclusive playgrounds since he served as president of the City of Los Angeles Department of Recreation and Parks. Steve is a Los Angeles Police Commissioner well known for creating the Staples Center. For his inspired and imaginative commitment to inclusion, we are honored to present Steve with the Visionary Park Leadership Award.

Robia Rashid is the creator, executive producer and showrunner of the Netflix series Atypical. The show is changing perceptions about people with autism by allowing viewers to experience the witty, intelligent and caring person beyond the disability. For her commitment to creating a more inclusive world within the entertainment industry, we are thrilled to present the Visionary Media Leadership Award to Robia.

Lonnie Chavis stars as young Randall on NBC’s hit show, This Is Us. When Lonnie discovered that he was being bullied online, he responded with his #FixYourHeart campaign that promotes kindness and encourages people to “be who you want to be.” For taking a stand against bullying and being an inspirational role model to thousands of children, we are excited to shine a light on Lonnie with the Youth Advocacy Award

Lisa Loeb will be our musical guest. Lisa is a Grammy-winning singer songwriter, touring musician, and philanthropist who began her career with the 1994 hit Reality Bites song “Stay (I Missed You),’ the first song to go to No. 1 by an unsigned artist, leading to a major recording contract. She’s since released 14 studio albums, including five children’s albums and two illustrated children’s books with music. Lisa just released her 15th record, A Simple Trick to Happiness. In 2008, Lisa founded The Camp Lisa Foundation, which sends underserved kids to summer camp. As an entrepreneur, Lisa oversees the business and eyewear design of Lisa Loeb Eyewear and you might have also heard her voice on commercials including Alfa Romeo, Foster Farms Chicken and Chili’s.

Shaun Robinson will be our host. he is an Emmy Award-winning journalist, TV host, author, producer, philanthropist and girls’ empowerment activist. She has won the respect and admiration of millions of daily television viewers throughout her career, including her work as co-host of the entertainment news show, Access Hollywood. Shaun is the executive producer of the upcoming “7 Deadly Sins” movie series on Lifetime. She can also been seen in the role of “Kris Kensington” on the drama series ‘Games People Play’ on BET and as host ofTLC’s wildly popular ’90 Day Fiance’ ‘Tell All’ reunion shows. Shaun is the founder of the S.H.A.U.N. Foundation for Girls which empowers underserved and underprivileged girls in the areas of STEM, HEALTH, ARTS, UNITY and NEIGHBORHOODS. We are honored to have Shaun host our gala tonight.

DATE TO BE DETERMINED

6:00pm – Red Carpet Reception, Cocktails, Hors d’oeuvres and Silent Auction

7:30pm – Dinner, Live Auction, Awards Program, Entertainment and Dancing

To become a sponsor, purchase tickets, place a tribute ad, check out our auction, or make a contribution, please visit our event site at: bidpal.net/inclusiongala2020

Click here to view the invitation. 

Click here to view the sponsorship deck. 

For more info, please contact Marci Moran at marci@inclusionmatters.org

Special thanks to our extraordinary Gala Committee:

Georgianna Junco-Kelman
Gala Chair

VP Alvarez
Maria Canals-Barrera
Patti Corsiglia
Meredith Escabar
Metrisa Garrett
Wil Guido
Valerie Hambas Sarkissian
Diana Krause-Leemon
Lisa Libatique
Siena Martinez
Kristen Mays
Kayleigh Millet
Kelly Moulton
Sheila Swanson
Stacy Vierheilig-Fraser
Lori Vogelsang Demarest
Korina Welch

Watch our Gala 2020 video promo below.

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