On Saturday, October 24th 2009 Oscar nominated actress Viola Davis hosted the Annual Friendly House Luncheon. This star studded event at the Beverly Hilton Hotel raised money and awareness about the oldest home for women in recover in the country - Friendly House.
More than 400 guests attended the fundraiser. Guests of notoriety included super models Amber Valletta and Carolyn Murphy, actresses Maureen McCormick, Sherri Saum, Kali Hawk, Maiara Walsh, Rhyon Nicole Brown, Anne Jeffreys and astronaut Buzz Aldrin. After lunch guests enjoyed a memorable performance from actor/comedian Leslie Jordan's one man show, Like A Dog On Linoleum.
The afternoon was filled with heartfelt speeches and enlightening moments from supporters of Friendly House. This year marked the 20th anniversary of the luncheon and Friendly House honored two individuals who exhibited great leadership and public service to the community. Founder and Editorial Director of C Magazine and Publisher and President of Santa Barbara Magazine, Jennifer Hale was awarded 2009 Woman of the Year and New York Times bestselling author, Christopher Kennedy Lawford received the 2009 Excellence in Service award.
Currently celebrating their 59th year in service, Friendly House has successfully treated thousands of women for alcoholism and drug addiction. No individual has ever been turned away due to lack of funds, however, Friendly House receives no state, federal or local funding. The organization thrives on annual events produced by their Board of Directors to promote and support their cause.
Proceeds from the luncheon and silent auction will go to help Friendly Houses continue its ongoing mission to help women recover from the deadly disease of alcoholism and drug addiction.
For more information on Friendly House, please visit www.friendlyhouseLA.org