Heroes of Hollywood
Heroes of Hollywood
presented by the
Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation
Now accepting Nominations for Heroes of Hollywood
This year’s event will be held on Thursday, May 28, 2015 at 11:00 a.m. at the Taglyan Cultural Complex , at 1201 N. Vine Street in Hollywood. After a formal Champagne reception, guests will be invited into the main ballroom for a sit-down lunch and awards program. More than 500 business and community leaders attend the event each year.
The Heroes of Hollywood Awards honor executives, business owners, leaders and organizations in the Hollywood Community. Recognition is based on outstanding achievement and dedication to excellence within an industry, organization or profession, special accomplishments, and community service, but most specifically going above and beyond their career responsibilities. Our honorees are expected to bring significant attention and record attendance to the luncheon.
Actress, film director, producer and author Diane Ladd will be honored with the Mary Pickford Award. Councilmember Tom LaBonge will be honored with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant. Returning in his role as emcee again is Robert Kovacik, anchor of NBC4.
The Heroes of Hollywood Awards recognize exceptional leaders in the Hollywood community who have transformed the lives of others and/or have made a remarkable contribution to the physical environment. Since 1993 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation has saluted more than 125 extraordinary leaders from Hollywood, through what was previously named the Women of Distinction Awards.
Since 2011, the awards have honored both male and female leaders, as well as families, businesses and organizations. The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations. “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves. For more information, visit http://www.hollywoodchamber.net/heroes
The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations. “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves.
THE 2014 HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD AWARDS CEREMONY
The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation honored the incomparable Judge Judy Sheindlin with the 2014 Mary Pickford Award at the Heroes of Hollywood Awards Luncheon on Thursday, June 5, 2014, at The Taglyan Cultural Complex in Hollywood. Foundation Chairperson Heather Cochran and Heroes of Hollywood event co-chairs Homer Alba and Cindy Braun also honored the 2014 Heroes of Hollywood: Jeff Anthony, Iron Mountain Entertainment Services; Denise DeCarlo and Betty Fraser, co-owners of As You Like It Catering and the restaurant Grub; Jackie Goldberg, Senior Star Power Productions; Hollywood Arts Council, a non-profit dedicated to the arts in Hollywood; Starline Tours, Hollywood’s oldest sightseeing tour company; and Marc Wanamaker, principal officer at Bison Archives. Robert Kovacik, anchor of NBC4, emceed the event.
THE 2014 AWARDS SPONSORS
Gold-level sponsors for the Heroes of Hollywood Awards are the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building and Millennium Hollywood. Silver-level sponsors are CIM Group, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hollywood Heritage, Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, and Taglyan Cultural Complex. Bronze-level sponsors are Andrews International, Capitol Records, The CrisCom Company, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, Gensler, Hollywood Hotel, Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center, Hollywood WorkSource Center, Keepers Security Company, Madame Tussauds Hollywood, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Original Farmers Market, Paramount Contractors & Developers, SAG-AFTRA, Southern California Gas Company, Starline Tours, Sunset Gower/Sunset Bronson Studios, US Bank, and Warner Bros. Studios VIP Tours.
THE 2014 AWARDS CO-CHAIRS
Homer Alba, Hollywood Forever
Cindy Braun, Paley Center for Media
THE 2014 AWARDS HONOREES
Our Mary Pickford Award honoree Judge Judy Sheindlin holds court as presiding judge on Judge Judy, the number-one, first-run syndicated, Emmy-Award winning program, now in its 18th year. She began her career in family court in 1972 in New York. A swift decision-maker, she earned a reputation as one of New York’s most effective judges, hearing more than 20,000 cases during her career. After her appearance on the popular 60 Minutes news magazine show, she was approached about the possibility of presiding over real cases with real consequences in a television courtroom. She retired from the bench in February 1996, and “Judge Judy” premiered in national syndication later that year. She is the author of several books, including “Don’t Pee On My Leg and Tell Me It’s Raining” and “You Can’t Judge A Book By Its Cover.” In 2006, Judge Sheindlin received a Star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame.
Our Hero Jeff Anthony is Senior Vice President of Iron Mountain Entertainment Services, a company he has been with for more than 19 years. The company preserves content for entertainment companies around the world. He has been in the content preservation industry for over 30 years, and was the Founder and CEO of The dataLOK Company, an Inc. 500 company specializing in the field of information management. He has served on various boards and in several advisory boards during his Hollywood career, including as the past president and board member of the Hollywood Media District business improvement district, a board member of LACER, board member of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, active in the Grammy Foundation, and The USC School of Cinematic Arts.
Our Heroes Betty Fraser and Denise DeCarlo are the co-owners of the Hollywood-based, award-winning restaurant, Grub, and the successful catering company, As You Like It. Their commitment to creating a sense of “home” has led to their undeniable success. They are the recipients of many awards, including being named “Best Lunch Spot” in L.A. as well as “Best Brunch Spot” as well as one of the “Top Five Breakfast Spots.” Betty appeared on Season Two of Bravo’s hit show, “Top Chef,” Denise has competed on ABC’s “The Taste” and The Food Network’s “Cutthroat Kitchen.” They are very involved in the community, serving on Hollywood Heritage, Central Hollywood Neighborhood Council, and on the Friends of the Hollywood Central Park board of directors. They also donate their time, food, and services to support numerous non-profits.
Our Hero Jackie Goldberg believes that “age is only a number.” When she became a widow at age 70, she decided it was time to begin a new chapter in her life. She created a series of seminars called, “Get Up, Get Out, & Get a Life!” Dressing in pink became her trademark. The success of her senior advocacy seminars and her love of the theatre crystallized into her founding Senior Star Power Productions as part of her dream to revitalize the careers of senior performers. She produced a series of live stage shows called “Rockin’ With the Ages,” featuring a cast aged 60 to 80. She looks forward to producing her sixth show, a glamorous salute to Hollywood, in 2015, and hopes to have a year-round Senior Theatrical Arts Complex in Hollywood within the next few years.
Our Hero Mark Wanamaker is acknowledged as a world expert in film history. A native of L.A. who grew up in the West Hollywood/Beverly Hills area, he founded Bison Archives in 1971. Bison Archives is a research and informational archive on the history of the motion picture industry as well as a fine-art library in connection with the provenance of art objects. He later formed Bison Productions as a film production arm. He co-produced a documentary on Hollywood history and has worked on more than 100 documentaries and feature films. He is a past president of the L.A. City Historical Society and past president of Hollywood Heritage. He is also a curator for the Hollywood Heritage Museum. He is currently working on an encyclopedia of the American Film Studios and has authored and contributed to numerous books.
Our Hero The Hollywood Arts Council is a non-profit organization dedicated to contributing to the quality of life by nurturing and supporting the arts of Hollywood. Founded in 1978 as a grass roots membership organization, it has presented scores of projects over the years, amassing an impressive track record of accomplishments. Its projects include the annual Children’s Festival of the Arts presented each August at Paramount Pictures, and Project SOAR art workshops at Hollywood area elementary schools. The Council encourages the work of artists and arts organizations, publishes an arts calendar of events, and hosts Arts Roundtables. Its annual Charlies Awards acknowledges contributions of merit to Hollywood and its arts. For further information, visit: www.HollywoodArtsCouncil.org.
Our Hero Starline Tours will celebrate its 80th anniversary in 2015. The company operates a full range of sightseeing tours in the Los Angeles area, including the world’s largest Hop-On, Hop-Off City sightseeing tour. They provide tours in nine languages. Movie Stars’ Homes Tours, and the TMZ Hollywood tour are among their offerings. Earlier this year, they opened a new Visitor Welcome Center at Hollywood & Highland, and will roll out a new Movie Locations Tour in partnership with Turner Classic Movies this summer. The privately-owned company has been a family affair ever since they purchased the firm in1963. Brothers Vahid and Fred Sapir are the co-owners, with Vahid’s wife Noonoosh as Chief Operating Officer, and brother-in-law and chairman Kami Farhadi as well as other family members keep things rolling.
THE 2013 HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD AWARDS CEREMONY
The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation honored the 2013 Heroes of Hollywood at a Luncheon on Thursday, June 6, at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine St. in Hollywood, 11:30 a.m. to 2 p.m. In addition to recognizing our various heroes, the Foundation honored legendary singer and actress Debbie Reynolds with the distinguished Mary Pickford Award. Returning in his role was emcee again is Robert Kovacik, co-anchor of NBC4.
THE 2013 AWARDS HONOREES
The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation honored these 2013 Heroes of Hollywood: George Abou-Daoud of Bowery Street Enterprises; Craig Darian of Tricor Entertainment; Bill Farrar of Andrews International; Milt Larsen of The Magic Castle; Stormy Sacks of Hollywood High School Performing Arts Center; and My Friend’s Place. In addition to recognizing Heroes of Hollywood, the Foundation honored legendary singer and actress Debbie Reynolds with the distinguished Mary Pickford Award. During the ceremony, Leron Gubler was honored for his dedication long-time service to the community and the Hollywood Chamber. Emcee Robert Kovacik, co-anchor of NBC4, assisted co-chairs Carole Sarian of The CrisCom Company and Homer Alba of Hollywood Forever in presenting the awards. Photo by Marlene Panoyan
THE 2012 HEROES OF HOLLYWOOD AWARDS
The 2012 Heroes of Hollywood luncheon was held on June 7, 2012 with a reception at 12 Noon followed by Awards program from 12:30 to 2:30 p.m. at the Taglyan Cultural Complex, 1201 Vine St., Hollywood.
The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation Chairman Marty Shelton and event co-chairs Sarah MacPherson of Hollywood Property Owners Alliance and Carole Sarian of The CrisCom Company honored the following outstanding 2012 Heroes of Hollywood honorees: Dr. Kwang Yul Cha of Hollywood Presbyterian Medical Center; Laurie Goldman of GO! Goldman Organization; The Sundher Family of the Hollywood Wax Museum; Albert Sweet of Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, Inc.; Officer Michael Ayala, Michael Coogle, Kevin Cotter, George Islas, Detective Craig Marquez, Sgt. Dave McCall, Sgt. Solomon Patton and Officer Leonard Sterling; Hugh Hefner was awarded with the Hollywood Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant.
Heroes of Hollywood Awards honor both male and female individuals, businesses and organizations, as well. The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a non-profit organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations. “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves.
THE HOLLYWOOD COMMUNITY FOUNDATION HONORED THESE HEROES in 2011:
The Hollywood Chamber Community Foundation presented the first annual Heroes of Hollywood Awards Luncheon at the Taglyan Cultural Complex on Friday, June 3rd. Radio talk show host and comedienne Stephanie Miller emceed the luncheon. Carol Channing was honored with the Mary Pickford award. The commendable Heroes honored are:
Folb Family Trust - Paramount Contractors & Developers
Homer Alba - Hollywood Forever Cemetery
Kaneisha Northern - Grad Girls Network Inc.
Mitch O’Farrell - Council President Eric Garcetti’s Office
Maureen Schultz - Capitol Records
Thaddeus Hunter Smith - The Music Box
Mary Pickford Award - Carol Channing
The awards luncheon serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization (Tax ID #954557923) dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members.
If you like to sponsor Heroes of Hollywood, please contact the Hollywood Chamber with any questions at (323) 469-8311.