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Norma Jean Gala Raises $250,000 for Hollygrove

The healing impacts of art, music and Hollygrove's therapeutic after school program, Endless Summer, were featured at the second annual Norma Jean Gala. "Every child is a rising star at Hollygrove, and we wanted them to be the focus of the evening," said Mary Brougher, associate director of Hollygrove's privately funded community services programs.

Led by Ruby Stewart, the children’s choir kicked off the evening by singing “All You Need Is Love.” Emcee, Busy Philipps captivated the audience while George Lopez’s storytelling entertained and touched more than 250 guests in attendance.

The evening's organic theme was inspired by the children’s new Giving Garden designed by Kelly Emberg. Vegetables produced in the garden were incorporated into rooftop food tastings donated by some of the best caterers in Los Angeles and wine tastings from Marilyn Wines. Artists' Rena Small, Zhenya, Hieronymus, and photographer Greg Huebner helped the children re-experience the joys of childhood by producing their own art for the event.

Special thanks to all of our generous sponsors, donors, volunteers, staff and celebrities who made our second annual Norma Jean Gala a huge success.

Produced by Carlos Hurtado and Roger LA, the video shown at the Norma Jean Gala tells the story of how Hollygrove programs helped Monserrat Zarza, a former Hollygrove client, learn to trust and love herself again.

Event Photos from the Second Annual Norma Jean Gala

Dolvett Quince; Tia Mowry; Darrell Evora, EMQ FamiliesFirst President & CEO; Busy Philipps; George Lopez; Stella Hall, Norma Jean Gala Event Chair; Debby Ryan; Lisa Vidal; Diane Ladd.
Pictured from left: Dolvett Quince; Tia Mowry; Darrell Evora, EMQ FamiliesFirst President & CEO; Busy Philipps; George Lopez; Stella Hall, Norma Jean Gala Event Chair; Debby Ryan; Lisa Vidal; Diane Ladd.
Former Hollygrove client with Busy Philipps
Former Hollygrove client, Monserrat Zarza, shares a moment with Busy Philipps.
Edible garden produced by Schaffer's Genuine Foods
Edible garden produced by Schaffer's Genuine Foods incorporated with vegetables from children's Giving Garden.
George Lopez and Jana Turner run the live auction
George Lopez and board member Jana Turner host the live auction.
Busy Philipps holding a Judith Leiber bag
Busy Philipps holds a Judith Leiber bag designed from children's artwork.
Kids artwork on display at Norma Jean Gala
The children's art on display at the Norma Jean Gala.

More photos below

Video of Monserrat Zarza's Story

Thanks to Carlos Hurtado and Roger LA for producing this video.

Norma Jean Gala Panel

Master of Ceremonies
Busy Philipps

Featuring
George Lopez
Debby Ryan
Diane Ladd

Honorary Board:
Stephen Berman
Shannon and Dean Factor
Kathy Freston
Marc Gurvitz and Julianne Phillips
Stella Hall and Jim Fordyce
Shannon and Michael Rotenberg

Gala Committee

Stella Hall - Event Chair
Mary Brougher - Art Exhibit Chair
Rhondi Naff and
Lynn Wilson -
Auction Co-chairs
Kelly Emberg and
Ruby Stewart -
Entertainment Co-chairs

 

Sarah Black
Conchi Brown
Alecia Burkett
Hugo Chacon
Julia Frankel
Greg Huebner
Carlos Hurtado
Caspar Martin
Nancy Swanton
Mina Trujillo

Norma Jean Gala host board Busy Philipps, George Lopez, Debby Ryan and Diane Ladd
Master of Ceremonies Busy Philipps with George Lopez, Debby Ryan, and Diane Ladd on the blue carpet
to help kids in crisis at Hollygrove.

Norma Jean Gala choir
The Hollygrove choir sings "All You Need Is Love" with Ruby Stewart.
Dolvett Quince, Tia Mowry, Busy Philipps, George Lopez, Debby Ryan and Lisa Vidal
From left: Dolvett Quince, Tia Mowry, Busy Philipps, George Lopez, Debby Ryan and Lisa Vidal on the blue carpet.
Norma Jean Gala silent auction items
Silent auction items on displayat the Norma Jean Gala.
Debby Ryan congratulates kids at Norma Jean Gala
Debby Ryan hands flowers to children after their performance.

Special thanks to photographer SavageWinn for the wonderful pictures from the Norma Jean Gala.

View all Norma Jean Gala photos here.



Although the Norma Jean Gala is over, you can still
donate to children in need.


Thanks to our sponsors who made the second annual Norma Jean Gala possible.

AECOM logo
CB Technologies
Houlihan Lokey

RETS Associates

Stella Hall and Jim Fordyce

Heffernan Insurance

Lisa and Mark Hutchins

JAKKS Pacific logo
Lopez Foundation logo
Marilyn Wines logo

Peter and Conchi Brown

Sue Smalley

JP Morgan logo

O’Melveny & Myers LLP logo



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