Actor Clark Gregg from Marvel’s Agents of S.H.I.E.L.D and Andy Grammer, Performing Artist, co-hosted “Operation Dream Tree” to benefit children in Hollywood. This red carpet gala event took place on October 24, 2013, at 6:00 p.m. at the Women’s Club of Hollywood/Charlie Chaplin Theatre, located at 1749 N. La Brea Avenue, in Los Angeles, California 90046.
Throughout the evening, guests were entertained with a creative variety show. Children from the POD organization were involved in entertaining a full house. Invitees also enjoyed delicious desserts and drinks. They got to meet and greet others before the show began. A“Charlie Chaplin” character appeared on the red carpet. Lovely ladies dressed as if they were back in the roaring 20s. Beautiful pearls were wrapped around their necks and glamorous headpieces decorated their heads.
The money raised will fund POD’s programs to help children in surrounding neighborhoods. Invited guests such as Mayor Eric Garcetti, City Councilman Mitch O. Farrell,Councilman Tom J. La Bonge, LAPD Captain Peter Zarcone, and LAPD Captain Cory Palka were honored for their commitment to helping children. Other supporters includedMatthew Davis (“Vampire Diaries”), Dash Mihok (“Ray Donovan”), Travis Van Winkle(“Hart of Dixie”), Frances Fisher (“Titanic”), Michael Harney (Orange is the New Black),Vassy (Recording Artist), Kaya Jones (Solo Artist), and Quddus (Total Request Live). Approximately 350 people attended this spectacular event.
“Playground of Dreams” and “Aileen Getty Foundation” presented a Hollywood Hope Index (HHI) survey consisting of 30 questions to measure the current well-being of the youth in the Hollywood community. The great leadership will be administered by both these organizations. “Uniting and enriching communities through the love, dreams, and creativity of our children” is the goal of “Playground of Dreams” . POD is a 501(c) 3 nonprofit leadership program that provides children with a safe place to create, dream and inspire others.
About Playground of Dreams (POD):
“POD is a mentoring program that provides children with a safe place to dream, to ignite their creativity, and to be inspired leaders in their communities.” This organization provides a 16-week program for youth 10-18 years old. This program helps develop their creativity, confidence and dreams. It inspires the youths to enrich and unite in creative ideas, live performance, lectures, and to give back to the community. Overall it is a great program to help youths become community ambassadors, and give direct impact back to the community. For more information visit http://playgroundofdreams.org/
Photos credit to: Stella Gomez/Disco Stella’s Pics for Diversity News Magazine.