Ed Helms to Host STARS Benefit Gala w/Performance by Pharrell Williams
The Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to achieve a college education, will honor Chris Meledandri, Founder and CEO of Illumination Entertainment at this year' STARS 2013 Benefit Gala. This star-studded event will take place on October 23 rd at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Actor and comedian Ed Helms will host the festivities with a special guest performance by Grammy Award© winner Pharrell Williams. Additionally, Academy Award© winning actor, Sidney Poitier will receive the Founder's Humanitarian Award and Josh Klinefelter of Aurora Capital will be honored with the Founder's Distinguished Service Award.
"Thanks to Hollywood's generous support of STARS, the Fulfillment Fund has been helping Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to go to college for more than three decades," said Kenny Rogers, Fulfillment Fund CEO. This year we're proud to be honoring Chris Meledandri for his commitment to extending educational opportunity to students from low-income communities. With Ed Helms hosting, a special performance from Grammy Award© winning musician Pharrell Williams and an honorary award for long-time Fulfillment Fund supporter Sidney Poitier, this promises to be our best event ever!"
"I'm honored to support the Fulfillment Fund and celebrate all of the great work that Chris, Sidney & Josh are doing. It's going to be an inspiring evening," states special guest performer Pharrell Williams.
Now in its 19 th year, the Fulfillment Fund's STARS Gala has honored Rob Moore (2012), Rich Ross (2011), James Gianopulos (2010), Judd Apatow and Leslie Mann (2009), Thomas Tull (2008), Marc Shmuger (2007), Tom Rothman (2006), Brian Grazer (2005), Amy Pascal (2004), Paula and Sumner Redstone (2003), Megan and Peter Chernin, Sheri and Les Biller (2002), Jeffrey Katzenberg (2001), Robert Iger (2000), Edgar Bronfman, Jr. (1999), Rupert Murdoch (1998), Barbara Lazaroff and Wolfgang Puck (1997), Candy and Aaron Spelling (1996), Darlene and Steven Fogel and Jackie and Howard Banchik (1995).