By Cheri Fox
Los Angeles, CA(Hollywood Today)11/17/12/—The Association of Fundraising Professionals, (AFP) Greater Los Angeles Chapter, hosted the 27th Annual National Philanthropy Day Luncheon Awards at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills California on Wednesday November 14, 2012. Hundreds of philanthropists, founders, fundraisers and non-profit community leaders attended to support outstanding celebrity and community philanthropists. Richie Sambora was honored with Special Celebrity Philanthropist Award. Alysha del Valle and Bri Winkler from ABC 7 Eyewitness news emceed the event and musical performances from Broadways A Chorus Line and Rent were performed by Katherine Tokarz, Melissa Sandvig, Ade Obayomi and an ensemble cast.
Richie Sambora Grammy award winning musician, iconic rock group Bon Jovi with over 130 million albums sold worldwide, over 2800 concerts in over 52 countries in three decades; was awarded Special Honor Celebrity Philanthropy recognition. He performed at the Music Box – Henry Fonda Theater for a special concert to raise emergency funds for Hurricane Sandy relief effort for the Red Cross and has vowed to match all the proceeds raised. Richie Sambora featured the release of his third solo album, Aftermath of the Lowdown.
Special honor Celebrity Philanthropist awarded to actress Shondrella Avery from film Napolean Dynamite, Tv show Cuts ; Lainy Barkley and Family were honored for there many contributions to several worldwide charities. Daughter Lainy Barkley dedicated service visiting the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles terminal patients with her USC quarterback brother Matt Barkley for raising spirits. Also honored for his philanthropy Hockey champion Dustin Brown & the LA Kings .
Gordon Crawford won the Lifetime Achievement in Philanthropy Award and Ann Reiss Lane was awarded the Spirit of Philanthropy. The Outstanding Company/Corporate Foundation Award went to Southern California Gas Company. Other Awardees included Alyce Williamson for Outstanding Philanthropist; and Mark Walberg for Outstanding Volunteer; and Jasmine Nunez for Outstanding Youth Volunteer. The award for Outstanding Achievement by a Non-Profit Organization Women Against Gun Violence was recognized
Richie Sambora rock-star, and philanthropic advocate, originally from New Jersey expressed his concerns of effects from Hurricane Sandy. He spoke candidly about his mothers home in Point Pleasant, New Jersey being completely under seawater on the bottom floor. His family and their community was affected by the hurricane. He was raised with positive encouragement to show up and if in a place to lend to lend help. He lends his name and notoriety to assist several non-profit charitable causes, Laguna Legacy, and Midnight Mission, where he was also recently honored with the Golden Heart Award for his philanthropic work with the Midnight Mission, in addition, Sambora has worked with US troops, and supported The American Cancer Society, Memorial Sloane-Kettering Cancer Centre, donated vehicles purchased medical equipment for individuals and communities in need .
Richie Sambora recently completed an 18 and half month tour around the world played in 52 countries. He mentioned they brought down concert ticket prices in certain areas so everyone could afford to attend the concerts globally. He remarked about seeing many changes in his thirty years of touring around the globe and said that America is the best country in the world, and Asia and Europe look to America as the role model. He explained that what happens in America has a ripple effect in the world, that America is leader in westernizing the globe. He spoke candidly to the crowd of nearly 500 guest his heartfelt speech filled with his inspiring dedication to philanthropy help raise awareness moved the crowd honoring him.
Actress Shondrella Avery , was also awarded celebrity philanthropist. She is actress known from her role role playing “LaFawndun, The Internet Girl” in the Indie film entitled Napoleon Dynamite. Also regular on TV sitcom Cuts, recent film “End of Watch” with Jake Gyllenhaal. Being from South Central LA she likes to give back to the community and help spread positive message to youth about education and setting goals for a positive future. She serves on both charities “A Place called home” and Sickle Cell Disease Foundation’s Board, and involved with Make a Dream Foundation, CoachArt, Stop Genocide Now and WGA Highschool Writers Program.
ABOUT NATIONAL PHILANTHROPY DAY: National Philanthropy Day® (NPD) is the special day set aside to recognize and pay tribute to the great contributions that philanthropy – and those people active in the philanthropic community – have made to our lives, our communities and our world. When NPD was first celebrated in 1986, then-President Ronald Reagan signed a proclamation officially recognizing Nov. 15, 1986, as National Philanthropy Day®. Since then, the day has been recognized by numerous state, provincial and local governments across North America. Noted songwriter Marvin Hamlisch wrote the official NPD song, “Now, More Than Ever.” In Los Angeles, the theme for 2012 was “Change the World With a Giving Heart.” NPD was founded by Los Angeles philanthropist and attorney Doug Freeman in 1986. Each year more than 100 Association of Fundraising Professionals chapters throughout the US and Canada honor the philanthropic efforts of individuals, businesses, and groups.