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More Than $2 Million Raised at the 20th Annual STARS Benefit Gala

More than 800 guests support the Fulfillment Fund's mission as Relativity CEO Ryan Kavanaugh accepts the first Tom Sherak STARS Award.

More than $2 million was raised to support the Fulfillment Fund’s mission at the 20th annual STARS Benefit Gala on Tuesday, Oct. 14 at the Beverly Hilton, as Relativity Founder and CEO Ryan Kavanaugh was honored for his philanthropic contributions to the community with the first-ever Tom Sherak STARS Award.
 
With a star-studded audience of more than 800 guests, comedian John Oliver served as emcee for the evening. Highlights included a special performance by Academy Award© winning performer Jennifer Hudson who spent time with a group of students who are a part of the Fulfillment Fund program before her performance.

Additionally, there was a live auction co-hosted by Kathy Griffin, who wore a one-of-a-kind peridot and diamond pendant by Martin Katz Jewelers that was auctioned during the evening, along with a 2014 Cadillac ELR Electric Coupe. Special guests and “The Best of Me” stars James Marsden and Michelle Monaghan introduced Ryan Kavanaugh.
 

Long-time Hollywood executive Tom Sherak, a beloved 20-year Fulfillment Fund board member who passed away in early 2014, was the driving force behind developing the STARS Gala into one of Los Angeles’ pre-eminent philanthropic events. 

During Sherak’s life, the STARS Gala raised tens of millions of dollars to help Los Angeles students overcome obstacles to realize the dream of a higher education.
 
“The 20th annual STARS Gala was a wonderful evening for the Fulfillment Fund,” said Fulfillment Fund CEO, Kenny Rogers.  “We are grateful to each and every one of our guests as they have joined our band of committed Angelenos supporting student success, and making Los Angeles a better place for all of our children.”
 
Charles Fox, a longtime Fulfillment Fund board member, was also honored during the evening with the Founders’ Award.
 
Celebrity guests in attendance included Kathy Griffin, Michael Bublé, Teri Hatcher, Angela Lindvall, Danica McKellar and Amber Valletta.

Heartfelt thanks to everyone who attended the STARS Gala and supported the Fulfillment Fund's mission of making college a reality for students growing up in L.A.'s economically and educationally under-resourced communities.