October 25th, 2013- BEVERLY HILLS- The 42nd Annual Humanitarian Awards Dinner, red carpet and silent auction was held at the elegant Beverly Hills Hotel on October 25th, 2013, benefiting Peace Over Violence, a non profit agency dedicated to the elimination of sexual and domestic violence.
Hosted by Patton Oswalt, the awards included: The Voice Over Violence Award- given to Carlos Santana & Salvador Santana, Verizon Wireless Hopeline Award- presented by Ken Muche of Verizon Wireless and Project Runways Tim Gunn and given to Jane Randel, The Media Award- given to Stephen Smith by holocaust survivor Renee Firestone, The Education Award presented by Rocky Bonura and given to Sean Smith of Keenan and Associates, and The Public Service Award given to the honorable Jan Perry by Los Angeles Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Sponsored by Verizon, Union Bank and The California Wellness Foundation, celebrity guests included: Actress Frances Fisher, TV host Tim Gunn, actress Jacqueline Bisset, New York heiress and actress Vanessa Bronfman, actor Navid Negahban, Legendary musician Carlos Santana and his son Salvador Santana, actor Steve Boyce, and Mayor Eric Garcetti.
Peace Over Violence executive director Patti Giggans made an impressive fundraising speech just after Peace Over Violence chair/ Board of Directors Deborah Klar introduced the musical performance by Peace Over Violence youth leaders. Music by Smithfield Bargain preceded the awards ceremony.
Other notable Peace Over Violence representatives and associates included Program Coordinator for the deaf & disabled Laura Ripplinger and Director of Development Heather Masterton. Dian Price of World Financial Group and nurse practioner/forensics expert Toyetta Beukes who is also director of SART (Sexual Assault Response Team) at the San GabrielValleyMedicalCenter were also in attendance.
Peace Over Violence sign language interpreters Wes Edwards, Aileen Smith and Laura Ripplinger all expertly interpreted the show for the hearing impaired.
About Peace Over Violence
Established in 1971, Peace Over Violence provides crisis intervention services, youth violence prevention education and case management and counseling services to survivors of violence. Its goal is to eliminate sexual and domestic violence and is one of the oldest violence prevention agencies in Los AngelesCounty. Please visit their website to learn how you can donate or volunteer.
Acclaimed celebrity photographer and film producer/director Clinton H. Wallace has over two decades experience working in the entertainment industry. In addition to being a staple at Hollywood A list red carpet events setting the tone of each event, with his vibrant images that are reminiscent of his exotic German and Scottish-Jamaican background, Wallace, a world traveler to the top International Films Festivals, has also written, produced or executive produced numerous award-winning independent feature films and written, produced and published several books.
Acclaimed Indie filmmaker Christy Oldham, is the founder of Los Angeles based film production companies, Mercury Rising Films and Demi Goddess Pictures. She has written, produced, directed and starred in numerous award winning feature films that are in world wide distribution. Look for her latest vigilante social message thriller, ‘Barracuda’, winner of 3 Best Picture awards, the fall of 2013 on VOD and DVD.