By Geoffrey Maingart
Beverly Hills,CA(Hollywood Today)3/5/14/–One of the largest private Oscar viewing parties and fundraisers took place in Beverly Hills to raise money for a very important organization for foster children, Children Uniting Nations. The setting was behind the estate of Daphna Ziman and included a Red Carpet entrance for the many celebrities and industry notables. This was originally the Warner Brothers Estate and a part of Hollywood history.
After the press line one entered the garden where tents were set up for a gala viewing and dinner. An auction was also held through the Oscar show to raise money for the charity. Artworks, vacation packages, rare signed sports and Hollywood memorabilia, gift baskets and collectibles were auctioned of. Among the celebrities were Mike Tyson, Jeff Goldblum, Chaka Khan, Eric Roberts, Bai Ling, Viveca A Fox, Fabio, Joe Smith (NBA) and too many others. After the dinner the band and musician guests entertained for hours at the after party as more arrived after the broadcast. The atmosphere from beginning to end was fabulous. Viewing screens were set up throughout the dinner tent and the many unique drinks and appetizers were served throughout the evening.
Everyone was dressed to impress and the preparation and organization for the event was brilliant. Deborah Hayter, Publicist and Beverly Pomerantz, Casting Agent helped organize a truly wonderful evening for all. Daphna Ziman , our host, is dedicated to helping orphans around the world and Children Uniting Nations is certainly at the forefront of this campaign to save the lives and futures of thousands. Tens of thousands were raised and if you can help in the future go to this website and donate. http://www.childrenunitingnations.org/ One extraordinary girl was the honoree of the evening and gave an impassioned speech about her life and successful escape from foster care. This was the young Disney star Cassidy Mack. Her story should be a film and when you hear her history of the horrors of the foster care system even here in America your heart is in your throat. Many in the audience I am sure will take up her cause. The organization hosts three major events each year. There are also mentoring opportunities for all who want to donate their services. Help by becoming a mentor, sponsor, donor or community giving.
The organization provides opportunities for mentoring both in schools and communities and good volunteers are always welcomed. Day of the Child: DOTC is a FREE One-day event benefiting all L.A. County foster youth that features live entertainment, food and festivities. The goal of DOTC is to create wonderful memories and special friendships for more than 1,000 children living in foster care and their mentors.
National Conference in Washington D.C.: The national conference serves as a substantive platform to discuss and raise awareness on key issues that directly affect our nation’s youth with our nation’s top-decision-makers. In the past, the conference was featured topics such as: Human Sex Trafficking, Foster Care mentoring Act: Past, Present, Future, and The National State of Physical Education in America’s Public Schools.
Annual Oscar Viewing Party: The annual event serves as a platform to raise funds that support Children Uniting Nation’s mission to serve the at-risk youth and foster children in our community.
This Oscar event is held every year and for all of the right reasons. Most of the guests were very appreciative of the charity and the amazing work accomplished through their services. As in most large crowds, some were more aware of their own self- interests. Even so, the evening was a resounding success. It was great to hear Jeff Goldblum performing on piano with the band and Chaka Khan who has one of the most amazing voices imaginable. All were lucky that the rain disappeared earlier. Chef, Jack Lee was on hand with fabulous Korean appetizers. The hosts and music were with Tommy Davidson and Shadoe Stevens. Donations can also be made to the organization through Twitter. TWT2PAY #TagitToBagit. Some of the most talented people in town were in attendance and many new contacts and acquaintances were certainly made throughout the evening.
Congratulations to Daphna Ziman and her family and friends for creating both this Oscar event and Children Uniting Nations, bringing hope and change to so many unfortunate children. Twelve Years a Slave won best picture but worldwide slavery still exists for far too many children around the world.