Another Successful Gala for Special Needs Network (Los Angeles) Sony Pictures Studios was the setting for Special NeedsNetwork’s (SNN) 11th Annual Evening Under The Stars Black & White Gala:Celebrating Innovators & Game Changers. Hollywood celebrities, politicians,dignitaries and members of the medical and business communities came together to raise money for children with autism and other developmental disabilities in underserved communities of Los Angeles. Honorary Event ChairSupervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas was on hand to speak while his Co-HonoraryEvent Chair, actress Holly Robinson-Peete wasn’t able to attend due to travel restrictions in Florida. Bold & The Beautiful actor, Sean Kanan served as the evening’s Master ofCeremonies and SNN’s President and founder, Areva Martin spoke about thehistory and continued mission of the organization. Martin presented the Innovators Award to Shannon Hunt, Senior Producer of Emmy Award winning daytime show, The Doctors. Los Angeles County Fire Chief and SSN boardmember, Daryl Osby presented Game Changer Awards to Alva Adams-Mason, Director of African American Strategies for Toyota and to Les Ybarra, ExecutiveDirector of Southern California Blue Cross/Medicaid for Anthem Blue Cross.SNN Board Vice President and Event Chair Bonnie Berry Lamon presented the Innovators Award to Dr. Henri Ford, Vice President and Surgeon in Chief at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles who received an emotional standing ovation after the audience saw a taped TV segment of his amazing surgical separation ofconjoined Haitian infants.
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