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NYC, Vaughn Lowery, 360 MAGAZINE

Clive Davis x Tisch Gala

Clive Davis will be honored at the NYU Tisch School of the Arts 2020 Gala.

“As both a music industry luminary and an essential member of the Tisch community, Clive Davis’s impact is immeasurable,” said Allyson Green, Dean, NYU Tisch School of the Arts. “Clive has continually reinvented the idea of the creative producer during his lifelong commitment to championing music artists. At Tisch, Clive’s dedication and generosity are reflected in his significant contributions to the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, where his legacy and influence will reverberate with future generations of music makers. We’re excited to honor Clive and his fundamental role in developing an institute unlike any other in the world.”

In 2002, Davis announced a $5 million gift to the school for the creation of a new Department of Recorded Music, the first of its kind to offer a four-year, degree-granting undergraduate program that recognizes the creative producer as an artist and musical recording itself as a creative medium. In 2011, Davis made an additional gift of $5 million to NYU Tisch to expand the department, creating the Clive Davis Institute of Recorded Music, home to stellar working professionals and a generous scholarship fund to support young talent from around the world.

Born in Brooklyn, New York, Davis was a Phi Beta Kappa graduate of New York University, where he received his B.A. magna cum laude. He later graduated with honors from Harvard Law School. As the record industry’s most innovative and influential executive, Davis has had a profound effect on the world of music.

Davis is directly responsible for the signing of many landmark artists, among them Janis Joplin’s Big Brother and The Holding Company; Blood, Sweat & Tears; Chicago; Santana; Boz Scaggs; Loggins & Messina; Laura Nyro; Billy Joel; Bruce Springsteen; Aerosmith; and Earth, Wind and Fire. In addition, he attracted to the label Neil Diamond; Pink Floyd; Herbie Hancock; and The Isley Brothers. He played a key role in the careers of Simon & Garfunkel, Sly & The Family Stone, Bob Dylan, Barbra Streisand and Andy Williams. Thereafter, under Davis’s leadership at Arista Records, Whitney Houston, Barry Manilow, Patti Smith, Kenny G, Sarah McLachlan, Monica and Dido all launched their careers. The label also attracted such important artists as Aretha Franklin, The Grateful Dead, The Kinks, Lou Reed, the Eurythmics, Dionne Warwick, Daryl Hall & John Oates and Carly Simon. Davis had Arista finance LaFace Records, and thereafter LaFace built an outstanding roster of hit-making artists including TLC, Toni Braxton, Usher, OutKast and Pink. At Bad Boy Records, financed by Arista, he helped grow the artist roster to include Notorious B.I.G., Faith Evans, Mase, 112 and Sean “Puffy” Combs. Davis also created J Records, which emerged as a dominant music force with chart-topping albums by Alicia Keys, Maroon 5, Annie Lennox, Luther Vandross, Rod Stewart and Jennifer Hudson. Since 2008, Davis has served as Chief Creative Officer of Sony Music Entertainment. Currently, Davis is also working as an executive producer on an eight-part television series produced by Brian Grazer and Ron Howard for Disney on the life of Aretha Franklin.

A five-time Grammy Award-winner, Davis has received numerous awards and recognitions over the course of his career. He was inducted into the Rock & Roll Hall of Fame and he received the Grammy Trustees Lifetime Achievement Award from the National Academy of Recording Arts and Sciences (NARAS), which also named the prestigious state of the art theater inside the Grammy Museum the “Clive Davis Theater.” He is also the recipient of many humanitarian honors from organizations such as the T.J. Martell Foundation, the Anti-Defamation League and the American Cancer Society. Davis received the Humanitarian Award from the American Foundation for AIDS Research (amfAR) for his efforts in the battle against AIDS.

Davis is also the best-selling author of Clive: Inside The Record Business and his autobiography, The Soundtrack of My Life. His life was documented by the Ridley Scott firm in the award-winning documentary film, Clive Davis: The Soundtrack of Our Lives.

Since its founding in 1965, NYU Tisch School of the Arts has established itself as one of the leading arts schools in the country. It draws on the vast artistic and cultural resources of New York City and New York University to create an extraordinary training ground for artists, scholars and innovators. Today, students learn their craft in a spirited, risk-taking environment that combines the professional training of a conservatory with the liberal arts education of a premier global university with campuses in New York, Abu Dhabi, Shanghai and 11 academic centers around the world.

Thousands of NYU Tisch alumni have gone on to enjoy fulfilling careers in the arts, including renowned artists such as Pulitzer Prize winners Annie Baker (also a MacArthur Fellow), Tony Kushner, Doug Wright and Chang Lee; Academy Award winners Mahershala Ali, Kevin Willmott, Martin Scorsese, Oliver Stone, Spike Lee, Marcia Gay Harden, Mark Bridges and Keiko Ibi; Tony Award winners Ali Stroker, Nina Arianda, Beowulf Boritt, Steve Kazee, George C. Wolfe, Michael Mayer, Idina Menzel, Stephen Spinella, Frank Wood and Paul Tazewell; Emmy Award winners Alec Baldwin, Sterling K. Brown, Billy Crystal, Vince Gilligan, Donald Glover (also a Grammy Award winner as Childish Gambino), Camryn Manheim and Debra Messing; Golden Globe winners Rachel Brosnahan, Rachel Bloom and Gina Rodriguez; acclaimed filmmakers Amy Heckerling and Colin Trevorrow; Grammy Award winners Lady Gaga (also an Academy Award winner) and Amber Gray; Grammy Award nominees Maggie Rogers and Elle Varner; entrepreneur Dennis Crowley; MacArthur Fellowship recipients Kyle Abraham, Branden Jacobs-Jenkins (also a Pulitzer Prize finalist), Camille Utterback and Mimi Lien; visual artist Leo Villareal; actors Danai Gurira and Corey Stoll; and photographer Tyler Mitchell

Sofia Vergara x LA Art Show

SOFIA VERGARA TO HOST 25th ANNUAL LA ART SHOW OPENING NIGHT GALA

Proceeds From Star-Studded Event Will Benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital

OPENING NIGHT PREMIERE
Wednesday, February 5, 2020
Red Card & Patrons Preview | 6pm – 11pm
Opening Night Premiere | 8pm – 11pm

SHOW HOURS
Thursday, February 6, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Friday, February 7, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Saturday, February 8, 2020 | 11am – 7pm
Sunday, February 9, 2020 | 11am – 5pm

LOS ANGELES CONVENTION CENTER – SOUTH HALL
1201 South Figueroa Street
Los Angeles, CA 90015

The 25th Annual LA Art Show is proud to announce that actress Sofia Vergara will be the official host of the 2020 Opening Night Premiere Gala being held at the Los Angeles Convention Center on Wednesday Feb. 5 from 8 – 11 pm. The beloved Colombian actress is known for her role as Gloria Delgado on the ABC television series Modern Family. The long-running, multiple-Emmy award-winning series is currently in its 11 and final season.

Proceeds from the event will benefit St. Jude Children’s Research Hospital for the sixth year in a row. Thanks to generous donors, families never receive a bill from St. Jude for treatment, travel, housing or food – because all a family should worry about is helping their children live.

All proceeds from the sale of Patron and Vanguard tickets and 15 percent of sales of Friend tickets will go directly to the charity. All attendees of the Opening Night Premiere party are supporting the lifesaving mission of St. Jude: Finding cures. Saving children. ®

In addition to food, beverages, live music and art, gala attendees will be given a special sneak peek of the LA Art Show’s 200,000 square foot of programming featuring more than 100 galleries from 18 countries. They will have first dibs to explore DIVERSEartLA, a celebration of pride in LA’s cultural diversity, view Oscar-nominated Kazuhiro Tsuji’s three-dimensional portraits of legendary, historical figures and get up close to 25 years of red carpet dresses designed by Sue Wong (and worn by stars like Anne Hathaway, Jessica Biel, Minnie Driver and others).

The LA Art Show returns to the Los Angeles Convention Center from Feb. 6 – 9. As the city (and west coast’s) largest art fair, and one of the most diversely programmed in the world, the LA Art Show features a comprehensive lineup of exhibitors not only in contemporary and modern art, but also classical and other specialized art scenes that often command their own dedicated shows.

DIVERSEARTLA 2020
“The Birth of the Niemand” by Viktor Freso
DIVERSEartLA showcase will be a full on celebration of pride in LA’s cultural diversity. This special programming section within the fair is dedicated to exhibiting the institutions, artists and non-profits from Southern California, around the Pacific Rim, and beyond, donating 20,000 square feet of exhibition space to the participating organizations. The work is not for sale.

For 2020, DIVERSEARTLA will be expanded to embrace and celebrate those art institutions and art collectors who support LA’s newest and largest iteration of art community, as well as to create a strong conversation around a variety of events and programs. Thus serving as a platform and resource for diversity best practices and leadership, including all of Los Angeles’s communities.

So far, 2020 lineup for DIVERSEartLA includes LACMA, The Broad, Japanese American National Museum, La Neomudejar Museum from Madrid, MOLAA, Art Al Limite, LA Art Association, the UCLA Chicano Studies Research Center, and many others. For the first time ever, work will be presented by the Danubiana Museum of Bratislava, as will a special exhibition from the collection of Homeira Goldstein, and more. Proving to be popular in years past, the performance programming for the 2020 DIVERSEartLA includes work by PSJM Collective from Spain and artist Miss Art World, presented by the LA Art Association.

2020 HIGHLIGHTS

ICONOCLASTS
By Kazu Hiro
Presented by Copro Gallery

Kazu Hiro is a contemporary hyperrealist sculptor living and working in Los Angeles. After working 25 years as a special effects makeup artist in Hollywood, Kazu decisively shifted focus in 2012, dedicating himself semi-full time to fine art sculpture. Using resin, platinum silicone, and many other materials, Kazu constructs three-dimensional portraits in a scale two times life size. Kazu has received numerous accolades throughout his career including an Academy Award in 2018 for his work in the film “Darkest Hour” helping good friend, actor, Gary Oldman to portray Winston Churchill. Kazu Hiro’s newest hyperreal portrait sculpture will be unveiled at the LA Art Show in Copro Gallery’s booth, alongside a retrospective of several of his past works. The artist will be in attendance at select times throughout the fair.

The Sue Wong Signature
By Sue Wong
Sue Wong never fails to astonish, employing the revered age-old couture techniques implemented by the finest Couture houses in Europe, and evoking the allure and glamour of various eras such as Weimar Berlin, 1930s Shanghai, Precode Hollywood and Manhattan’s gilded Jazz Age. While often adopting vintage style, every design belongs in the now and is decidedly very Sue Wong; exquisite fabrics shimmering with incandescent beads, unique embroideries and layered textures embellished with passementerie and soutache combine to create works of art that are graceful, elegant, unique and timelessly beautiful. The 2020 LA Art Show will be taking place the same weekend as Tinseltown’s premiere awards ceremony: the Oscars. It’s only appropriate to celebrate with 25 years of the iconic style of Sue Wong in a new FASHION section of programming, featuring nearly a dozen gowns worn on red carpets by Hollywood stars like Anne Hathaway, Kim Kardashian, Jessica Biel, Minnie Driver, Reba McEntire, Tyra Banks and more.

The M.C. Escher Experience
By M.C. Escher
Presented by Walker Fine Art

Exploring the intersection of art, mathematics, science and poetry, Escher’s work has fascinated and astounded generations of artists, architects, mathematicians, musicians and designers alike. Over 40 years, Walker Fine Art has assembled the largest collection of Escher works in the world, and will showcase the “rarest of the rare” at the 25th Annual LA Art Show. The M.C. Escher experience runs the span of his entire career, and will include rarely seen lithographs, wood cuts, engravings, and mezzotints, as well as the artist’s iconic custom furniture. Many of these will be shown in California for the first time ever. In addition to seeing the artist’s work up close, LA Art Show attendees will have the opportunity to become Escher. A special photo-booth will recreate his iconic sphere self portrait with you in the reflection.

ALPHACUBE
By Lorenzo Marini
Curated by Sabino Maria Frassà
Presented by Bruce Lurie Gallery

After Milan, Venice and Dubay Lorenzo presents his new art-installation ALPHACUBE in the USA. Curator Sabino Maria Frassà explains that AlphaCube turns that paradigm of the white cube as the best form for conveying contemporary art. The artwork is a large white cube, that immerses guests in a space animated by letters, light and sound.

The white cube rises in space like something alien, as much in form as in content: while it is obvious that the artist has a certain fascination for Dadaism and Futurism, which he reinterprets and actualizes, it also cannot be denied that the focus of the installation is not an aesthetic satisfaction but a social and cultural stimulus.

3/11: Requiem And Revival
By Sogen Chiba
Presented by Gallery Kitai

On March 11, 2011, the most powerful earthquake ever recorded in the history of Japan occurred off the Pacific coast of Tōhoku. The earthquake triggered powerful tsunami waves that killed over 19,000 people. Premiering originally at the Tokyo Metropolitan Art Museum, Sogen Chiba’s 3/11 Requiem and Revival work transcribes newspaper reports of the Great East Japan Earthquake in large-scale calligraphy murals.

For the 25th annual LA Art Show, Chiba has created a never-before seen work in this series. Nearly a decade has passed since the tragic events of 3/11, so the lessons learned from the event are now fading. In this exhibition, Chiba seeks to record the memories of unimaginable disaster, and consider how we can move beyond them. Chiba himself is from the disaster-hit Ishinomaki district, and has used his indomitable spirit to move beyond misfortune and challenge himself to create works and imagery that can only be expressed in calligraphy. The artist will be performing each day at the LA Art Show.

EAST ASIAN INK SHOWCASE
Ink painting originated in East Asia as the tradition of using carbon-based black ink and calligraphic brush painting techniques, and has continued to evolve as the basis for much contemporary works in the region. Ink is as synonymous with painting in the East as oil is with painting in the West. From traditional and historical, to contemporary, to avant-garde, the LA Art Show offers the largest showcase of ink painting of any art fair outside of Asia. This a unique opportunity to appreciate the rich spectrum of ink painting styles. Learn more here:

The Maize Project
By Eric Johnson
Presented by Fabrik Projects Gallery

The “Maize Project” abstractly represents a lodge pole-like structure. In the Native American culture, the lodge pole is a gathering place and the title and shape of the sculpture references a section of an ear of maize corn. For Johnson, this alludes to his Native American heritage and also is a call to raise awareness to issues of global hunger, alternative fuel, and corn’s complicated relationship to our food supply. The piece is assembled from more than 300 individually cast polyester resin units—”kernels,” as he calls them. The kernels were made in Johnson’s studio with assistance from various artists, friends and community members. The communal project took several years to complete. Participants were invited to select resin colors, sequencing of pours, and encase small objects or messages into the kernels. Customization ranges from the light hearted (candy corn) to the profound (baby teeth of a lost child).

DIALOGS LA & PERFORMANCE SCHEDULE
Returning for the 7th year in a row, the DIALOGS LA series of conversations will connect audiences directly to the artists, curators, and other art world luminaires involved in the LA Art Show.

Live art demonstrations by renowned ink painter Sogen Chiba, and sculptor Ichitaka Kamiji are also scheduled throughout the fair. Attendees will also be able to see and interact with performances by Miss Artworld and PSJM Collective. For the first time ever, the DIALOGS LA booth will be screening The Edge of Paradise: Taylor Camp Kaua’i 1969-1977 on Friday and Saturday as well.

HIGHLIGHT
Saturday, Feb 8 / 4pm / A Conversation With Gronk & Sellars
Moderated by Marisa Caichiolo

Two legendary L.A.-based artists will discuss their theatrical and opera collaborations around the world over the last three decades. Gronk and Sellars will also share their experience and thoughts on the role of art in a time of profound social upheaval and inequity. The conversation will take place on Gronk’s installation Pyramids, a full-size mock-up of a theatrical stage that Gronk will be painting throughout the run of the LA Art Show. Pyramids re-imagines Gronk’s 2013 set design for Sellar’s Purcell’s “The Indian Queen,” an innovative updating of the 1695 semi-opera. For the LA Art Show, Gronk brings the piece into 2020, while also providing visitors with a behind-the-curtain view of his artistic practice. Rather than enter a theater where the stage is already set, visitors will be able to interact with the artist, participating in the process of making a “political theater” for our contemporary moment. Gronk is a featured artist in DIVERSEartLA, where his project brings together elements of his lifelong work as a painter, muralist, performance artist, set designer, sculptor, and printmaker. His expansive art flows out of his DTLA studio into the hallway, where the resulting 40-foot long wall mural has been declared a city landmark. Peter Sellars is a renowned theater, opera, and festival director. He is co-organizer of the exhibition Inside the Mask, on Central American masks after the Conquista, which opens at the Hammer Museum on February 15.

About the LA Art Show
The LA Art Show creates one of the largest international art fairs in the United States providing an exciting, immersive, insider art experience to sponsors, their select guests and VIP clients. The show attracts an elite roster of national and international galleries, acclaimed artists, highly regarded curators, architects, design professionals, along with discerning collectors. This innovative, exceptional cultural environment attracts executives and board members of Southern California businesses, state, county, and municipal government representatives, as well as leaders of the region’s cultural institutions. Attendees are trend setters, influencers and alpha consumers, who seek and demand the newest and the best in all areas of their lives—art, design, food, technology and travel being specific passion points. www.LAartshow.com

Marriott, hotels, Chicago, 360 magazine

NEW YEAR’S TRADITIONS AND CELEBRATIONS WITH MARRIOTT HOTELS

Three, two, one… Happy New Year! From parties lasting late into the night to day-time celebrations for the entire family and more, the country’s Midwest cities are hotspots for some of the greatest New Year’s traditions and events. Forget watching the ball drop in Times Square from your hotel room – the Midwest Marriott properties allow travelers and locals alike to ring in the New Year at their choice of festivities with convenient proximity. Whether looking to have an intimate New Year’s Eve with close friends or attending the largest gala, guests need not look far for the best lodging accommodations, some even with popular celebrations all their own.

Chicago,Illinois

• Travelers looking for an upscale celebration in the Second City have options aplenty. The JW Marriott Chicago offers its own NYE Soiree, boasting two concurrent events throughout the hotel. Featuring Chicago’s hottest live music cover bands and DJs, multiple rooms of entertainment and a four-hour all-inclusive premium package available, JW Marriott Chicago invites guests to leave the worries of the past year behind and embrace 2020 with full enthusiasm. Gala fans may enjoy “NYE 2020” at the W Chicago – City Center, an extravaganza with over-the-top entertainment, all-inclusive packages, pre- and post-parties and more in the heart of Chicago, near the Magnificent Mile. For guests looking to enjoy Chicago’s Navy Pier, the Chicago Resolution Gala, which is held annually in the Aon Grand Ballroom, is a lively option, while those traveling with children may prefer the spectacular display of Navy Pier’s Fireworks or enjoy time together at Lincoln Park Zoo’s Zoo Year’s Eve and the Chicago Children’s Museum Noon Year’s Eve. Several top Marriott properties are located just steps from these events, including The Ritz-Carlton, Chicago, AC Hotel Chicago Downtown and The Westin Chicago River North.

Minneapolis,Minnesota

• Those visiting the Twin Cities have prime pickings for luxurious and comfortable Marriott properties to stay at, no matter what their plans. All within walking distance or short driving distance from some of downtown Minneapolis’ most popular celebrations, Hotel Ivy, Elliot Park Hotel, Aloft Minneapolis, Le Meridien Chambers, W Minneapolis – The Foshay, Minneapolis Marriott City Center, Emery and Moxy Minneapolis Uptown are in the center of the action. One of the most notable events for New Year’s in Minneapolis is the Crystal Ball, which offers guests 21 years of age and older the opportunity to dance, sing, laugh and play the night away, with live DJs, Piano Karaoke Lounge, an arcade game room with interactive LED games and more. In a similar fashion, Countdown Minneapolis is held annually at The Minneapolis Club, the extravagant festivities occur on multiple levels of the club with top DJs and a midnight countdown. For music lovers, the Snowta NYE Festival is a must at the famous music venue, The Armory.

Detroit,Michigan

• New Year’s in Detroit often comes with its own Motown Twist. The luxe Aloft Detroit at the David Whitney is the perfect on-site hotel for those looking to attend the annual New Year’s Eve celebration at the historic David Whitney Building, which known for beautiful art deco architecture stylings and an enclosed five-story atrium covered in marble with a skylighted roof. The party features Epicurean catering, a champagne toast, balloon drop, hors d’oeuvres and live music for the evening. For travelers and locals looking to explore the city elsewhere, top celebrations include the classic Detroit Princess Riverboat New Year’s Eve Motown Dinner Cruise, which allows guests to “rock the boat” on the Detroit River, the Resolution Ball at The Fillmore Detroit, which is billed as the most exclusive NYE party in the Midwest, and NYE Bleuout at Bleu Detroit, all convenient celebrations under three miles from Courtyard Detroit Downtown, Detroit Marriott at the Renaissance Center, The Westin Book Cadillac Detroit and The Henry.

Kansas City and St. Louis,Missouri

• Whether in downtown Kansas City, the Crossroads Arts District or beyond the locals and visitors know how to celebrate. At the iconic Union Station, thousands of people gather each New Year’s Eve to countdown at the New Year’s Swingin’ Eve, big band style. Kansas City Marriott Downtown, Sheraton Kansas City at Crown Center and The Westin Kansas City at Crown Center each offer a relaxing haven after an evening out, just a mere seven minute drive from Union Station and within walking distance of the Power & Light District, which hosts NYE! Live at the KC Live! block of the popular neighborhood. A fan favorite for individuals looking to get their party on into the early hours of the New Year, The View hosts a premium event with gourmet food options, DJs and a see-and-be-seen environment. Children and adults of all ages are invited to enjoy Zoo Year’s Eve at the Kansas City Zoo and Noon Year’s Eve at Science City, which is also conveniently located at Union Station.

• Across the state in St. Louis, similar festivities are held including NYE Live! At Ballpark Village in the dining and entertainment district downtown that attracts thousands of tourists each year. The Marriott St. Louis Grand and Magnolia Hotel St. Louis are each conveniently located less than a mile from the heart of Ballpark Village and the Courtyard St. Louis Downtown West is about 10 minutes from the action.

Columbus, Cleveland and Cincinnati,Ohio

• The three “C Cities” in Ohio are each hotspots for New Year’s Eve, boasting their own can’t-miss bashes. The Renaissance Columbus Downtown Hotel’s New Year’s Eve Party is held every year until 2 a.m. With several rooms each with their own vibe and entertainment, attendees have their choice of live band entertainment, DJs and the opportunity to enjoy a premium open bar, while being on-site at the beautiful hotel, keeping the evening safe and fun.

• In Cincinnati, visitors may enjoy a “Happy Zoo Year” at the Cincinnati Zoo and Botanical Garden, which is ideal for “party animals” of all ages, and the Fountain Square New Year’s Eve Blast, which welcomes thousands of attendees each year for a family-friendly, free day featuring goofy games, dancing, delicious food, musical performances, an ice skating rink and celebration finale of fireworks. Adults may prefer New Year’s Eve at Winterfest or a pre-fixe dining experience at Nicholson’s Palomino, The Palace and more, with the Renaissance Cincinnati Downtown Hotel close by to rest before and after the festivities. The city’s Courtyard Cincinnati Blue Ash and Courtyard Cincinnati Covington hotels offer comfortable accommodations a short drive from the hustle and bustle of downtown celebrations.

• Upscale travelers looking for an elevated New Year’s Eve should make their way to Cleveland’s top events including the New Year’s Eve Gala on the Nautica Queen, which never fails to sell out each year due to extreme popularity and the Decades and Diamonds at The Vault, an upscale cocktail bar in the heart of downtown. After the night of lavish fun concludes, The Westin Cleveland Downtown and The Ritz-Carlton, Cleveland offer accommodations sure to match the satisfaction of celebrating the start of a new year.

Victoria Arlen, 360 MAGAZINE, Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM), Gala

Free Wheelchair Mission Raises $1.8 million at Miracle of Mobility Gala

Inspirational TV Personality Victoria Arlen Delivers Message of Hope

Guests use VR Glasses to be Transported to Guatemalan Village

An unforgettable evening on July 25th filled with surprises, heartfelt inspiration and the pure joy of giving culminated with Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) receiving over $1.8 million in donations in one night – the most ever at this event and enough to transform the lives of more than 22,500 individuals living with disabilities in under-resourced nations around the world. Already, the humanitarian nonprofit has distributed 1.2 million wheelchairs around the world.

The 600-plus who attended the 16th annual Miracle of Mobility gala at Segerstrom Center of the Arts were treated to a fabulous gala evening PLUS three unique opportunities:

1) listening to television personality and gold medalist Victoria Arlen, whose own story of regaining mobility is incredible

2) journeying virtually to a small Guatemalan village using Oculus VR glasses and feeling like they are on a mission to distribute wheelchairs

3) taking part in an exciting live auction where generous donors bought wheelchairs for individuals living with a disability in an under-resourced nation. Each $80 donation will buy one wheelchair – changing that person’s life forever as he or she begins a life of mobility.

Guests enjoyed an internationally themed cocktail reception with food stations offering global cuisine, a silent auction filled with an eclectic array of gifts and experiences, a performance by Infinite Flow, the first wheelchair dance company in the world, and inspirational remarks from Free Wheelchair Founder and President Don Schoendorfer.

The evening’s special guest, 24-year-old Victoria Arlen, holds impressive credentials: ESPN host, Paralympics gold medalist, Dancing with the Stars semi-finalist, author and most recently, co-host of the NBC TV’s American Ninja Warrior Junior.  Those credentials would be impressive for anyone but considering that Victoria was struck by two rare neurological diseases at the age of 11, causing her to be trapped in her body in a minimally conscious state for four years, it is an incredible turnaround.

Victoria spoke at the gala about her journey, including the four years when doctors doubted that she would ever return and the subsequent several years when she fought back to begin life again. She offered a message of hope and the importance of being thankful for what you have.

“When you focus on what you still have, you will find it changes your perspective, and that change in perspective creates hope. Hope that tomorrow will be just a bit better than today and when you take that hope, and mix in your own hard work, lots and lots of hard work, I believe you will find yourself back on the path to living out your own dreams.”

Victoria credits her parents with the hope that saved her. “Over and over doctors told my parents they needed to accept the very real possibility that I would not survive and, even if I did, the Victoria they once knew was not coming back. And while my family was willing to accept the diagnosis, they refused to throw up their hands and accept that this was all my future had in store. They accepted the diagnosis, but NOT the prognosis,” Victoria related.

“Somehow, they believed I was not a lost cause. I now believe that it was their refusal to accept that prognosis that brought me back to life.”

Following Victoria’s talk, a robust live auction led to the donation of more than 21,900 wheelchairs to be built and distributed in 93 countries around the world. In 2017, Free Wheelchair Mission reached the milestone of one million wheelchairs distributed and now is pursuing its goal of reaching the next million by 2025.

“Tonight’s gala was successful for so many reasons, most notably the many volunteers who help us bring the gift of mobility to people living with disabilities around the world and the many donors who embrace our mission and recognize how even a simple $80 donation can change a life forever, “ said Free Wheelchair Mission CEO Nuka Solomon.

“The gift from Free Wheelchair Mission provides the mobility that allows each recipient to begin a new life – whether it’s taking care of themselves, attending school or working – and we find that the vitality of the entire family and community are changed too,” Solomon added.

Key sponsors of the gala included Transformation Sponsors: Advisors Mortgage Group and The McDonald Family; Freedom Sponsors: The Hummelberg Family, The Morris Family Foundation, Diamond Hill Capital Management, KPMG and PR Construction. The full list of sponsors can be found here.

About Free Wheelchair Mission:Free Wheelchair Mission (FWM) is a humanitarian, faith-based nonprofit based in Irvine, Calif. that designs and manufactures cost-efficient, durable wheelchairs for individuals living with disabilities in under-resourced nations. FWM collaborates with a worldwide network of like-minded partners that facilitate wheelchair distribution in 93 countries. FWM provides renewed dignity, independence and hope through the gift of mobility at no cost to the recipient. Just $80, the cost to manufacture and deliver one wheelchair, can change a person’s life forever. Founded in 2001 by Don Schoendorfer, Ph.D., the organization reached the milestone of distributing one million wheelchairs in 2017. FWM currently intends to distribute the next million wheelchairs by 2025. For information or donations, visit freewheelchairmission.org.

Saweetie Attends Wearble Art Gala

Rapper Saweetie attends her first Wearble Art Gala in Los Angeles, Ca.  The Icy Girl chose to come as a peacock to this year’s gala honoring its theme of the Lion King in honor of Beyonce’s role in the upcoming Disney Live Action movie.

The stunner showed up in a RC Caylan Atelier Official gown and Lori Bluo heels.

The Gala is the signature charity event for WACO Theater Center. Founded by Co-Artistic Directors Tina Knowles Lawsonand Richard Lawson, WACO Theater is a non-profit gallery, mentorship and performance complex in the NoHo Arts District of Los Angeles. This year’s wearable art theme (A Journey to the Pride Lands, based on the upcoming Walt Disney feature, “The Lion King”); Gala honorees, including actor/filmmaker Tyler Perry, artist Betye Saar, philanthropist Felicia Horowitz, entrepreneur Richelieu Dennis; as well as ticket and table sponsor information. The Gala will was hosted by actress and comedienne Tiffany Haddish, with Star Jones serving as the celebrity auctioneer. The event was held June 1st at the Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.

Five Acres’ 2019 Desert Oasis Gala

Five Acres invites the community to join them for a spectacular evening in support of vulnerable children at their Desert Oasis Gala on Saturday, June 2, 2019 in Pasadena. Hosted at the home of Jennifer and Shawn McCreight, this year’s event spotlights the Southern California we call home and will include a cocktail reception, gourmet meal, live DJ, tempting auction items and special touches like the “5A Lemonade Stand” with unique raffle prizes.

The gala follows on the heels of National Foster Care Month this May, with more than 20,000 children in Los Angeles alone in need of loving, permanent families. All proceeds from the evening will fund Five Acres’ critical work in foster care, adoption and mental/behavioral health services for more than 9,700 kids and families served annually by the nonprofit.

All of six of Five Acres’ 2018 gala sponsorship committee chairs have resumed their roles with Kirsten Hansen and Matt McIntyre as co-chairs; Natalie Bazarevitsch and Don Boline as opportunity co-chairs; and Shoshana Puccia and Kris Ordaz as auction co-chairs. Actor and director Sarah Drew (“Grey’s Anatomy,” “Everwood”) will lend her support as guest emcee.

Guests at Desert Oasis will also have a chance to win a chance to see more of the world with fantastic live auction items including stays in Cabo San Lucas, Mammoth, Paris and even a private yacht trip in Ventura. Sponsors for the event include an anonymous Palm Springs Sponsor; Wells Fargo and Rusnak Auto Group as Paradise Sponsors; Los Angeles County Supervisor Kathryn Barger and Comerica Bank as Indian Canyon (Tech) Sponsors; and Outlook Newspapers and Pasadena Now as print and digital media sponsors, respectively.

Individual tickets, sponsorships and underwriting opportunities for the gala are available now. Visit 5acres.org/gala or contact Five Acres at events@5acres.org | 626-773-3776 to learn more.

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1. Five Acres’ Desert Oasis Gala Sponsorship Committee – front row, from left: Mimi Carter, Shoshana Puccia, Chris Selak, Katie McDonald; second row, from left: Chelby Crawford, Kelly Mercadé, Renée Chang, Michele Doll, Jennifer Berger, Trish Gonzales; back row, from left: Don Boline, Sue McGuirl, Matt McIntyre, Natalie Bazarevitsch, Nicole Rasic. – Photo courtesy Five Acres

Anuel AA “rises” with four nominations

One of the most important nights of Hispanic music: Billboard Awards 2019, will witness the impressive professional growth of the King and pioneer of the Trap in Spanish: Anuel AA, who debuted with four nominations at the exclusive awards gala. After an incredible year 2018, Anuel AA continues to figure in the top positions of the most important music listings internationally.

Topics like “She wants to drink”, which has more than 300 million views on YouTube, “Yeezy” and “Brindemos”, belonging to her first solo album: “Real hasta la muerte”, have earned her four coveted nominations at the Billboard Latin Music Awards night 2019. Anuel AA is one of the brand new nominees in the following categories:

Artist of the Year, Debut / Artist of the Year, NewArtist of the Year, Social Networks /

Social Artist of the Year”Top Latin Album” of the Year / Top Latin Album of the Year – Real

Hasta La Muerte Album “Latin Rhythm” of the Year / Latin Rhythm Album of the Year –

Real Hasta La Muerte The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las

Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

OZUNA MAKES HISTORY WITH 23 NOMINATIONS

The OZUNA music phenomenon stands with the astonishing 23 nominations at the annual Billboard Latin Music Awards ceremony in 2019. In this way, the Puerto Rican singer breaks records, becoming the most nominated artist during a single gala in all history of this prestigious award.

After taking the prized award as “Artist of the Year” at the 2018 awards gala, Ozuna returns to the same stage, with an extremely solid artistic career, which has led him to become an icon of urban music of this new generation. Notably, the artist recently surpassed the record of Justin Bieber as an artist with more videos that exceed one billion views on YouTube, with a total of 7 videos, in addition to being crowned as the most viewed artist globally in 2018.

On this occasion, the “bold-eyed black man” of Reggaetón takes over the most important categories of the twenty-ninth installment of these awards, thanks to the resounding success of the songs that come from his albums “ODISEA” and “AURA”, both productions released to the market under the independent label DIMELO VI and distributed by Sony Music Latin. Also, with his collaboration in the anthem “Te Boté”, and of course, the single that revolutionized Spotify, all digital platforms and brought together three different cultures in the same melody: “Taki Taki”, a song that knew how to show the world the level and artistic quality of this young Dominican-Puerto Rican root interpreter.

Ozuna will say “present” in the following categories of the night, in which he appears as a singer and composer:

Artist “Latin Rhythm” of the Year, Soloist / Latin Rhythm Artist of the Year, Solo

The Billboard Latin Music Awards gala will be televised from Las Vegas, Nevada on Telemundo, on Thursday, April 25.

 

Moby to Be Honored at Adopt the Arts

ADOPT THE ARTS TO HONOR MOBY WITH THE SOUND AND VISION AWARD AT 7TH ANNUAL BENEFIT GALA ON MARCH 7, 2019

ADOPT THE ARTS HONORS: MOBY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS!

ADOPT THE ARTS is honored to announce MOBY as the 2019 recipient of the ADOPT THE ARTS SOUND AND VISION AWARD for his contribution to the music and arts industry throughout his lifetime. The musician, artist, activist and author has impacted music lovers for decades, selling more than 20 million of his own records worldwide and playing more than 3,000 concerts throughout his career, wowing fans with his musical genius. MOBY will officially be honored at this year’s benefit gala, ADOPT THE ARTS HONORS: MOBY WITH SPECIAL GUESTS, on March 7, 2019, at THE WILTERN in Los Angeles, with the VIP after-party to be held at THE LINE HOTEL with special guest DJ Shepard Fairey.

The Los Angeles-based charity, ADOPT THE ARTS, co-founded by Rock ‘n’ Roll Hall of Fame Inductee and Grammy Award-winning musician MATT SORUM (Guns N’ Roses, Velvet Revolver), activist ABBY BERMAN and founding board member, Golden Globe® Award and Emmy Award-winning actor JANE LYNCH, hosts the annual gala to raise funds to support their mission of preserving arts programs in U.S. public elementary schools. Additional live performances and special guests appearing at the annual gala will be announced in the coming weeks.

“Matt and I have felt that for the long-term sustainability of Adopt the Arts, we needed to broaden our base,” explains ADOPT THE ARTS co-founder Abby Berman. “By moving in another direction musically, we feel that we can appeal to a new audience. Moby seemed like a great first step in that direction for many reasons, including the fact that his music resonates with a broad and wide range of people, he has collaborated with many of the top names in the industry, and he has been using his voice for good for years for many philanthropic causes. I couldn’t think of a more deserving artist to be honored this year.”

ADOPT THE ARTS Chair and Co-founder Matt Sorum adds, “With more than two decades of an incredible music catalog and his journey selling over 20 million records worldwide, Moby has gained International acclaim. Along with his activism for Global Warming and Animal Rights, among other causes he stands for, Moby also advocates Music Therapy as a healer. He continues to lead in music and art, but his vision and voice for a better planet is what helped with our decision at Adopt the Arts to honor him at our event this year.”

Ticket prices for the ADOPT THE ARTS event are below and all donations are tax deductible:

VIP LEVEL 1 – $7,500/TABLE – UP TO 10 GUESTS

·        One Front & Center VIP Table with access for up to 10 guests

·        Pre-show Artist Meet & Greet

·        Private parking lot with complimentary valet

·        Private underground entry with direct access to exclusive VIP Lounge/Cocktail Party

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Autographed limited edition concert poster by Shepard Fairey (1 per guest)

·        Tickets to private After-Party at Line Hotel for up to 10 guests (w/guest DJ Shepard Fairey)

·        Premium hosted bar throughout the night

·        Premium hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Dedicated cocktail service during event

·        (2) bottles Premium Champagne per table

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

VIP Level 2 – $5,000/Table – Up to 10 Guests

·        One Premium Center VIP Table with access for up to 10 guests

·        Complimentary parking in adjacent lot

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Access to exclusive VIP Lounge/Cocktail Party

·        Autographed limited edition concert poster by Shepard Fairey (1 per guest)

·        Tickets to private After-Party at Line Hotel for up to 10 guests (w/guest DJ Shepard Fairey)

·        Premium hosted bar during event

·        Premium hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Dedicated cocktail service during event

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

VIP Level 3 – $350/Guest

·        See the show from some of the best seats in the house!

·        Complimentary parking in adjacent lot

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Pre-show complimentary Cocktail Party

·        Complimentary hosted bar during event

·        Complimentary hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Ticket to private After-Party at Line Hotel (w/guest DJ Shepard Fairey)

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

VIP Level 4 – $250/Guest

·        Complimentary parking in adjacent lot

·        Access to dedicated VIP expedited check-in entry line

·        Pre-show complimentary Cocktail Party

·        Complimentary hosted bar during event

·        Complimentary hosted food service (THIS IS A VEGAN EVENT)

·        Commemorative VIP Laminate

GA/Balcony Tickets

·        $89 Balcony Front/Loge

·        $59 Balcony Upper/Mezzanine

Tickets are on sale now and can be purchased here.

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ABOUT ADOPT THE ARTS

In collaboration with well-known artists, entrepreneurs, policy makers and the general public, Adopt the Arts is dedicated to improving the academic performance of every child through the gift of making music and art. ATA is focused on developing strategic relationships with educators, administrators and board members to ensure that most underserved schools in the district are identified and ultimately, helped. Co-founders Abby Berman and Matt Sorum believe that it is morally and ethically incumbent upon the public-at-large to foster the creativity, hopes, dreams and imaginations of our children. To date, ATA has donated more than 1000 instruments to 30 LAUSD schools and fully funded the music program at Rosewood Avenue and Westminster Elementary. Each school has been “adopted” by a celebrity or public figure, exposing children to inspirational people who have worked hard for their successes. The interaction between the children and adoptee creates a sense of responsibility and shared commitment for all of those involved.

 

ABOUT MOBY

Moby was one of the most important dance music figures of the early ’90s, helping to bring the music to a mainstream audience both in England and in America. Moby fused rapid disco beats with heavy distorted guitars, punk rhythms and detailed productions that drew equally from pop, dance and movie soundtracks. His music differed from both the cool surface textures of ambient music and the hedonistic world of house music. He remained one of the most recognizable figures within techno.

Born Richard Melville Hall, Moby received his nickname as a child, derived from the fact that Herman Melville, the author of Moby Dick, is his great-great-grand uncle. Moby has been making music since he was 9 years old. He started out playing classical guitar and then went on to play with seminal Connecticut hardcore punk group the Vatican Commandoes when he was 13. He started DJ’ing after leaving college and was a fixture in the late 80’s New York house and hip-hop scenes. 

He released his first single, “Go” in 1991 (listed as one of Rolling Stones’ best records of all time), and has been making albums ever since. His own records have sold more than 20,000,000 copies worldwide, and he has also produced and remixed scores of other artists, including David Bowie, Metallica, The Beastie Boys, Public Enemy, among others. 

He has toured tirelessly, playing well over 3,000 concerts in his career, and has also had his music used in hundreds of different films, including “Heat,” “Any Given Sunday,” “Tomorrow Never Dies” and “The Beach,” among others. 

Moby works closely with a variety of different charities, including The Humane Society and The Institute for Music and Neurologic Function, and in 2007 he launched Mobygratis, which provides free music for independent film makers. Moby is known for his strong political and religious views and for his animal rights activism.

On March 7, 2019, Adopt the Arts Foundation is honored to welcome Moby as our 2019 ATA Honoree for his contribution to the music and arts industry throughout his lifetime. This will be an amazing night with live performances and special guests.

ABOUT SHEPARD FAIREY

In 1989, while at Rhode Island School of Design studying for his Bachelor of Fine Art in Illustration (which he earned in 1992), Shepard Fairey created the “Andre the Giant has a Posse” sticker that later evolved into the OBEY GIANT art campaign. In 2008, his portrait of then-Democratic candidate Barack Obama became an internationally recognized emblem of hope. Since then, Fairey has painted nearly 100 public murals, become one of the most sought- after and provocative artists in the world, and changed the way people converse about art and view the urban landscape.

Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation’s

The Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation (ALCF) recognized outstanding contributors in research, treatment and caregiving at its Simply the Best Dinner and Gala, which took place in San Francisco on Saturday, November 9. The annual event is a celebration of survivors, hope and determination that brings together lung cancer patients and their families to recognize top minds in the lung cancer field.

“When we held our first gala 13 years ago, our hopes of turning lung cancer into a chronic, manageable disease seemed like a far-distant dream,” said Bonnie J. Addario, 14-year lung cancer survivor and ALCF founder. “But thanks to the work of pioneers like Drs. James Mulshine and Scott Antonia, we’re moving closer and closer each day. It’s an exciting time for lung cancer research, and we’re thankful to the many who support our efforts to advance research and patient care for helping to bring the dream within reach.”

Honorees at the event included:

James L. Mulshine, M.D., professor and retired graduate college dean and provost for research for the Institute of Translational Medicine at Rush University, received the Asclepios Award, which honors research pioneers in the fight to end lung cancer:

Excerpt from Dr. Mulshine’s comments accepting the award:

 “Diet, exercise, lifestyle, all these things are important, but we have early-detection tests, both imaging and molecular that are coming along, that will inform individuals to make better choices about their health. This type of diagnostic technology is scaffolding in which we’ll add molecular diagnostics and immunotherapy and cure even a greater fraction of people. We need all of science, but we need all people working with us to live as healthy of a life as they can live and make each day precious.”

Scott J. Antonia M.D., Ph.D., chair of the thoracic oncology department at the H. Lee Moffitt Cancer Center and Research Institute, was the recipient of the A Breath Away from the Cure Award, which honors individuals for excellence in oncology, early detection and coordinated treatment.

Excerpt from Dr. Amtonia’s comments accepting the award:

“I really do appreciate this honor from this group, but the fact is, any success that I may have had would have been impossible without the great team that I have at the Moffitt Cancer Center. Perhaps most importantly, none of this could have occurred if it weren’t for the bravery and the selflessness of people with lung cancer who choose to participate in clinical trials. They have no idea when they participate in a trial, as I have no idea, whether or not this is going to help an individual patient. These people understand that there may be some unpredicted severe toxicity, and more often than not the motivation – of course there’s always the hope the treatment will have some benefit to them – but more often than not the overriding, driving reason for people to participate in clinical trials is to contribute to the science, to contribute to the advancement of the care for this disease so that people in the future – other people – can benefit.”

Diana Pak, caregiver to Donna Terry, was honored with the Wind Beneath My Wings Award, which celebrates the caring, compassionate people who go above the call of duty to care for a loved one facing lung cancer.

 Excerpt from Donna Terry’s comments presenting the award to her caregiver, Diana Pak:

“First off, I would like to thank the Bonnie J. Addario Lung Cancer Foundation for giving me this opportunity to honor my amazing caregiver, Diana Pak, in such an extraordinary way. I could spend lifetimes trying to show Diana how grateful I am to her for all that she has done for me and my family, but it would never be enough. She cares for us in ways that is selfless and generous – never asking for anything in return, and never taking any credit for all that she does.”

In addition to the awards, the evening featured a dinner with wines generously donated by Margaret Duckhorn of Duckhorn Vineyards. ABC7’s Chery Jennings emceed the awards presentation and auction, which was followed by music and dancing.

The Simply the Best Dinner and Gala is ALCF’s largest annual fundraising event. All proceeds from the event directly benefit ALCF’s patient services program and clinical research projects. This year’s presenting sponsor, Takeda Pharmaceuticals, along with other gala sponsors, made the successful event possible. More information about the 13th annual Simply the Best Dinner and Gala is available here.