The Fulfillment Fund, a nonprofit organization dedicated to helping promising but economically disadvantaged students graduate from high school and go on to college, honored Academy Award-winning producer Brian Grazer at its annual STARS 2005 benefit gala last week at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Over $2 million was raised at the event.
Grazer’s long-time friend and business partner, Oscar-winning producer/director Ron Howard, presented him with the award. Comedian Chris Rock was master of ceremonies and featured performer.
Honorary dinner chairs included the heads of talent agencies and every major studio.
Over 1,000 guests attended the dinner, which featured a live auction presided over by the Fulfillment Fund’s resident “auctioneer,” Revolution Studios principal Tom Sherak.
“Brian Grazer and Imagine Entertainment have always been incredible supporters of the Fulfillment Fund and advocates of mentoring,” said Andrea Cockrum, Fulfillment Fund CEO. “Their internship program through Universal Studios has provided wonderful opportunities for so many of our students and we are forever grateful to Brian and his team.”
Fund founder Dr. Gary Gitnick spoke about the far-reaching impact it has had on the lives of countless area young people and welcomed Los Angeles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa, a long-time Fund supporter.Several Fulfillment Fund students spoke about the ways in which the Fund has changed their lives.