The Hollywood community gathered to support The Mulligan Project at the organization’s 4th annual gala Moon Festival on November 16th. The event took place at the home of Emmy award-winning husband and wife team Lisa Lew and Peter Brennan who have created and executive-produced more than a dozen hit shows including "Judge Judy," "A Current Affair,” "The Montel Williams Show," "Hard Copy" and their most recent Emmy winning show "Last Shot with Judge Gunn.” The event, Co-Hosted by Honorary VIP Hosts Michael Yo of "Chelsea Lately" and actress Bai Ling, featured delicious Asian Fusion cuisine prepared by Celebrity Chef Mark Kearney, performances by several Asian cultural dance groups and a fashion show from Filipino fashion designer Joey Galon.
Proceeds will benefit The Mulligan Project, a Los Angeles-based non-profit that assists disabled children in Asia. Founded three years ago by Kelly Gonzales, producer of "Deal or No Deal" and Eddie Rohwedder, producer of “Only in American with Larry, The Cable Guy,” The Mulligan Project is made up of 25 TV executive producers who are credited with more than 30 award-winning shows among them. With the help of this annual event, The Mulligan Project has been able to build a hospital clinic in Central Vietnam, as well as provide financial support for health care and education to many young children with special needs. This year, the goal of the event is to raise money to support the Dien Ban Day Center, a full-service special education facility that provides much-needed programs to children with disabilities and their families. The Dien Ban Day Center is the first of its kind in the region, providing education to children with Downs Syndrome, Cerebral Palsy and Autism who have fallen through the cracks of the government provided school system in Vietnam. In addition, 25% of the total proceeds raised at the event will be donated to relief efforts to aid the victims of typhoon Yolanda in the Philippines.
For just $60 per month ($720 per year), a child can attend the Dien Ban Day Center. Currently, 75 children are enrolled at the school but the school can accomodate 100. Therefore, guests at the event were encouraged to take out their cell phones and text donations so that an additional 25 children who have already been approved for admission can attend the school beginning in January. As Co-Founder and Executive Director Kelly Gonzales explained, In Dien Ban, if [kids] can’t make it in a government school…[they] get 'stupid' written on [their] report cards and [they] are sent home for good. No other choices.” The Mulligan Project offers children with disabilities another choice. The Dien Ban Day Center gives kids the opportunity to maximize their mental and physical potential and also provides parents important training for working with their special needs child.
The Mulligan Project will hold an online auction to raise additional funds with items including VIP tickets for “Ellen” and “Chelsea Lately,” Lunch with former two-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion George Foreman, a basketball autographed by former Lakers superstar Jerry West and a private Kung Fu lesson from Ryan Potter of Nickelodeon’s “Super Ninjas.” Bids will be accepted online beginning on December 2nd and continuing through December 18th.