Hollywood Arts Council Raises $75,000 At 24th Annual Charlie Awards
The Hollywood Arts Council presented their 24th Annual Charlie Awards in the historic newly refurbished Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, home of the first Academy Awards ceremony, at a Sold Out luncheon on Friday, March 19, 2010. Nyla Arslanian, President of the Hollywood Arts Council said: "We raised $75,000 at the event which will benefit the Council's arts programs for underserved children in the community. This is a challenging year economically, but our kids' art programs must continue; Hollywood's at-risk children can't wait for times to get better. We are very grateful to our 250 event attendees and sponsors for their generous support."
The Hollywood Arts Council's 24th Annual Charlie Awards was Co-Chaired by Nancy J Brown (Hollywood Arts Council Vice President and Executive Director, Bethany Towers Senior Residence) and Ira Handelman (Owner, Handelman Consulting). ABC7 Television's George Pennacchio served as Emcee at the event.The Annual Charlie Awards help support Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks), the Hollywood Arts Council's After School Art Workshops held in eight Hollywood area elementary schools, and its Annual Free Children's Festival of the Arts held at Paramount Pictures. The Council's Charlie Awards are presented annually to honor individuals and companies for significant contributions to the arts and Hollywood. Charlie Awards were presented in seven categories: Architectural Arts Award: JAG/RoTo Architecture; Cultural Arts Award: Thai New Year's Day Songkran Festival; Entertainment Arts Award: Madame Tussauds Hollywood; Music Arts Award: Hotel Café; Preservation Arts Award: Chaz Dean Studio; Theatre Arts Award: Theatre of NOTE and Visual Arts Award: June Wayne. Celebrity Award Presenters included: Julie Brown, Mariette Hartley, Catherine Hicks, Keri Lynn Pratt, Tommy Tang and Fred Willard.Event Sponsors included: Gold: Author Services, Handelman Consulting, Pacific Federal and Paramount Pictures; Silver: Chaz Dean Studio; Bronze: COP Communications, Classic Arts Showcase, Community Redevelopment Agency, Discover Hollywood Magazine, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Sunset Gower & Sunset Bronson Studios, The Walt Disney Company and the Laura & Larry Worchell Foundation; Table Sponsors: American Airlines, AREA Developers, Art Laboe Foundation, Bethany Towers, Global Icons, Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel, Iron Mountain, Millennium Partners/Argent Ventures, Morley Construction, Renaissance Hotel and Robertson Properties.The distinguished list of Award Recipients and VIPS in attendance included: Nyla Arslanian, Oscar P. Arslanian, Nancy J Brown, Ira Handelman, Rowena Adalid, Louis Alvarado, Molly Barnes, Louie Cruz Beltran, Teresa Bourgoise, Tony Clark, Carol Connors, Chaz Dean, Michelle Gardner, Dick Gee, John Gallogly, John Goodwin, Jack Holland, Eddie Inturat, Gunhild Jacobs, Adrian Jones, Sriwong Ayasit Koziel, Joni Labaqui, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Leslie Lambert, Kate Linder, Neil Linssen, Anastasia Mann, Chanchanit Martorell, Bill McCarthy, ElizaBeth McDonald, Charley Mims, Patti Negri, George Pennacchio, Carmelita Pittman, Drew Potton, Senator Curran D. Price, Jr., Joe Roche, Anita Rosenberg, Rachel Rosenthal, Michael Rotondi, Phil Royle, Howard Samuels, Vahid Sapir, Deanna-Marie Smith, Jerry Sroka, Stella Stevens, Tera Uhlinger, June Wayne, Harvey Schwartz, Todd Talbott, Mary Willard and Larry and Laura Worchell. Oscar Arslanian served as Producer of the event. The luncheon was catered by staff at the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel. Centerpieces were provided by Fancy Nancy. Jim Lichnerowicz and Gavin Minton of Crest Digital provided the Awards Video Compilation. A Roland Piano was provided by Hollywood Piano Company. There was a raffle for two round-trip tickets on American Airlines, a sponsor of the Charlie Awards. Wax figures of actors, Charlie Chaplin, Julia Roberts and Johnny Depp were provided by Madame Tussauds Hollywood.An Online Auction was also held through www.biddingforgood.com/hollywoodartscouncil. Among the 80 donors of auction items were: American Idol, CBS Productions, CSI: Miami, Dancing With The Stars, The Geffen Playhouse, The Hollywood Palladium, The Laugh Factory, L.A. Zoo, Miceli's Restaurant, Pantages Theatre, Paramount Pictures, Sea World, See's Candies, Starline Tours and Universal Studios.
The Hollywood Arts Council, a 501(c) 3 non-profit organization, is an action-oriented organization that works for the benefit of the Hollywood community through the arts. Strongly linked to the Council's purpose to promote, nurture and support the arts is the belief that the arts revitalize people as well as communities. Since 2000, Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks), its after-school art program has grown significantly serving over 1,500 children annually in eight Hollywood area elementary schools. The Council also sponsors the annual Children's Festival of the Arts held the second Sunday of August at Paramount Pictures, and promotes the arts through a daily arts calendar of arts activities published in Discover Hollywood magazine and on its website www.hollywoodartscouncil.org.