The Creative Coalition's 2004 Spotlight Awards at Luxe Hotel

Efrem Harkham with Seth Green & Frank Oz


More than 400 entertainment industry celebrities and VIPs, from The Creative Coalition's (TCC) president Joe Pantoliano to Seth Green, thronged the new Luxe Sunset Ballroom of the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard recently, to support the important non-profit organization at its first annual Spotlight Awards and Ultimate Gift Gala fundraiser on the West Coast. 


Efrem Harkham, owner & CEO of Luxe Hotels, with Richard Schiff

Efrem Harkham, owner and CEO of Luxe Hotels, and co-sponsor/underwriter of the event, welcomed the organization and its supporters to the hotel. "I admire The Creative Coalition for its non-partisan advocacy of the arts.  I was more than happy to collaborate with The Creative Coalition by offering the Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard and its new ballroom as the backdrop for this prestigious event," said Harkham.  


Robin Bronk, TCC's executive director, thanked Harkham and the hotel staff for their extraordinary contribution to the success of the event.  "The Spotlight Awards event is one of The Creative Coalition's most significant events of the year.  The Luxe is a long term partner of The Creative Coalition and we are thrilled that they are truly a company that does well by doing good.  The location, food, exquisite ballroom and staff made the Luxe the ideal choice for our first annual West Coast event," said Bronk.   

Seth Green presenting

The event also featured a dazzling Ultimate Gift Gala.  Throughout the elegant ballroom, display tables were laden with merchandise donated by high-end vendors for "purchase" by attendees.  Depending on what level of ticket was purchased, event goers had the choice of coveted items.  


Paul Birchall with Daphne Zuniga

Spotlight Awards recipients were honored for their unwavering support of keeping film production stateside. Honorees appearing to accept their TCC Spotlight Awards included director Barry Levinson ("Rain Man"), producer Lawrence Bender ("Kill Bill v. 1 and v. 2"), director Frank Oz ("The Stepford Wives"), Variety's editor-and-chief Peter Bart and Variety's publisher Charlie Koones and Event Chairman John Paul DeJoria, the chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems, the leading privately owned hair care products firm.  Additionally, a moving tribute was presented that honored past TCC president Christopher Reeve.
Making the scene and doing their part for the fundraiser were:

Gary Busey & John Paul DeJoria

John Paul DeJoria (chairman and CEO of John Paul Mitchell Systems and owner of Patron Spirits Company); Richard Schiff (Ray, "West Wing"); Seth Green (Austin Powers in Goldmember); Daphne Zuniga ("American Dreams"); Maura Tierney (Welcome to Mooseport, "ER"); Hector Elizondo (Princess Diaries 2: Royal Engagement); Joe Pantoliano ("Dr. Vegas"); Sharon Lawrence (Little Black Book); Bruno Kirby (Donnie Brasco); Arianna Huffington (Edtv); Daniel Stern (Home Alone); Charles Fleischer (The Polar Express); Chris Lawford (Terminator 3: Rise of the Machines); Hill Harper ("C.S.I: NY"); Joe Mantegna ("Joan of Arcadia"); Jeri Ryan ("Star Trek: Voyager"); Tim Russ ("Star Trek: Voyager"); Bruce Davison (X-Men); Robert Picardo ("Star Trek: Voyager"); Garrett Wang ("Star Trek: Voyager"); Gary Busey (Moto X Kids); Jeri Ryan ("Boston Public"); Kimber Sissons, Lana Antonova, Katherine Kramer, Tim Russ, Valerie Harper, and William Fichtner.

Paul Birchall, general manager of Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard with Joe Pantoliano

Event host committee included:
Joe Pantoliano, Tony Goldwyn, Debra Messing, Richard Schiff, Robin Williams, Anna Deavere-Smith, Seth Green, Arianna Huffington, Chuck D, Hector Elizondo, Montel Williams, Juliette Lewis, Richard Belzer, Fran Drescher, Bruno Kirby, Ed Begley, Kelly Lynch, Phillip Kaufman, Daniel Stern, Gary Busey, Mitch Glazer, Kevin Nealon, Ernie Hudson and Sharon Lawrence.




Hector Elizondo & Gary Busey

The Creative Coalition is the leading 501(c)(3) nonprofit, nonpartisan social and public advocacy organization of the arts and entertainment community.  Founded in 1989 by prominent members of the creative community, The Creative Coalition is dedicated to educating its members on issues of public importance.  The Creative Coalition, headquartered in New York City, also has offices in Washington, DC, Los Angeles and San Francisco.  The Creative Coalition does not endorse or raise funds for political parties or candidates.




Maura Tierney presenting award

The Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard is West L.A.'s classic, luxury boutique resort situated on seven lush garden acres, overlooking the fashionable Los Angeles neighborhoods of Bel-Air and Brentwood. The Luxe is conveniently located near the famed J. Paul Getty Museum and features 162 spacious rooms & suites, a large pool, tennis court, the celebrated Cafe Bel-Air & Luxe Sunday Brunch, the Oasis Lounge and the stunning new Luxe Sunset Ballroom. With the addition of the award winning Luxe Spa, the Hotel offers a wonderful range of amenities and accommodations for travelers, meeting groups, neighborhood guests and events alike. Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard is located at 11461 Sunset Boulevard, Los Angeles, CA  90049,
(310) 476-6571 or
Luxe Hotel Sunset Boulevard is a member of Luxe Worldwide Hotels, a premier representation company of independently owned and operated hotels situated in prominent international locales.  Luxe provides global sales, reservations, marketing and eBusiness services to hotel members worldwide. Make online reservations at Call toll-free 866-LUXE-411 in North America 24/7.


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