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Thanks for Making Our 26th Annual Dinner A Huge Success

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The 28th Annual Dinner

The Beverly Hilton was packed last night with nearly 1,000 supporters and friends of the Alliance for Children’s Rights. We came together to celebrate the Alliance’s 26th year of protecting the rights of children in need, and to honor our National Champion for Children, Bonnie Hammer, Chairman, NBCUniversal Cable Entertainment & Studios, and our Francis M. Wheat honoree, Steven A. Marenberg, our own Board Co-Chair and a Partner in the Los Angeles office of Irell & Manella LLP. It was a phenomenal, unparalleled night of love, generosity, and community. Thanks to your incredible support, the dinner raised $1.56 million for our most vulnerable children and families.

We kicked off the night with a video showing the joy on the many faces of the young people and families supported by the work of the Alliance. Bravo TV’s Andy Cohen of “Watch What Happens Live with Andy Cohen” charmed and entertained us as our host. Mayor of Los Angeles Eric Garcetti galvanized us all with his words of inspiration and support for foster youth and families. Our clients Kookie Wells, Omar Fadil-Villaescusa, Yennifer Padilla, and Antonio Patterson shared their stories, and reminded us of the Alliance’s profound impact on so many lives. We launched the Jamie Lichtman Memorial Fund to support older youth adoptions, in memory of our dear friend with the generous support of NBCUniversal, Warner Bros. and hundreds of Jamie’s friends, family and colleagues. A special musical performance by Darren Criss brought down the house.

Together with our board of directors, and in particular our devoted dinner committee, Susan Friedman, Cliff and Leslie Gilbert-Lurie, Gary Newman, Rick Rosen, Toni Schulman, Dena Cook, Phil Rudolph, Chris Walther, Scott Edelman and Alan Epstein, we thank you for your dedication and your generous support. You are what makes it possible for our young clients to obtain the love and security of family, education, and the laws and services that help them to thrive. We couldn’t do this without you, and we thank you from the bottom of our hearts. Your continued interest, efforts, and investment in the Alliance help us to create hope, justice, and opportunity for young people now and for the generations to come.

View the 26th Annual Alliance Dinner Tribute Journal

26th Annual Alliance Dinner - March 28, 2018

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Dinner Co-Chairs & Committee

  • Susan Friedman*
  • Cliff Gilbert-Lurie*
  • Gary Newman*
  • Rick Rosen*
  • Toni Schulman*

Honorary Committee

  • Dianna Lau & Kevin Beggs
  • Peter Benedek*
  • Jason Clodfelter
  • Dena Cook*
  • Nancy Dubuc
  • Susan & Scott Edelman*
  • Megan McGowan Epstein & Alan Epstein*
  • Justin Falvey
  • Darryl Frank
  • Randy Freer
  • Steve Golin
  • Ari Greenburg
  • Paul Haas
  • Marilyn Jones & Mitchell Kaplan*
  • Debbee Klein
  • Steve Lafferty
  • Karen Mack* & Russell Goldsmith
  • Jennifer & David Miner
  • Leslie Moonves
  • Sue Naegle*
  • David Nevins
  • Chris Parnell
  • Kevin Reilly*
  • Ande & Bruce Rosenblum*
  • Andrea & Peter Roth
  • Dawn & Phillip Rudolph*
  • Jennifer & Bert Salke
  • Julia Franz & Chris Silbermann
  • Susan Stockton & Chris Walther*
  • Richard Weitz
  • Noelle* & Dick Wolf

*Alliance Board member
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Thanks to special benefactors Gary Saltz Foundation, William H. Tilley Family Foundation & San Manuel Band of Mission Indians


  • Noelle & Dick Wolf


  • NBC Universal


  • 21st Century Fox & Fox Television Group
  • CBS
  • Gibson Dunn
  • Leslie & Cliff Gilbert-Lurie
  • Karen Mack & Russell Goldsmith
  • Greenberg Traurig LLP
  • HBO
  • Irell & Manella LLP
  • Johnny Carson Foundation
  • Kaplan Stahler Agency
  • Proskauer
  • Venable LLP
  • Susan Stockton & Chris Walther
  • Ziffren Brittenham LLP


  • Activision Blizzard, Inc.
  • all3media america
  • Creative Artists Agency
  • ICM Partners
  • Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
  • McDermott Will & Emery LLP
  • Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
  • Melissa & Alex Romain
  • Orly Adelson & Rick Rosen
  • Toni & John Schulman
  • The Sidley Austin Foundation
  • Sony Pictures Television
  • United Talent Agency
  • WME

Youth Council Table

  • Apple
  • 21st Century Fox & Fox Television Group
  • Chernin Entertainment
  • WilmerHale
  • WWE


  • Rich Appel
  • 3 Arts Entertainment
  • A+ E Networks
  • Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
  • City National Bank
  • Debevoise & Plimpton LLP
  • Dena Cook
  • Disney | ABC Television
  • Eisner Jaffe
  • Megan McGowan Epstein & Alan Epstein
  • Hulu
  • The Jack in the Box Foundation
  • Lionsgate
  • Alison Whalen & Steve Marenberg
  • Wendy & Barry Meyer
  • O’Melveny & Myers LLP
  • Skadden, Arps, Slate,
  • Meagher & Flom LLP
  • TBS & TNT
  • TM Financial Forensics, LLC
  • Warner Bros. Television Group
  • Wasserman Foundation
  • Winston & Strawn LLP
  • The Wonderful Company


  • AIG
  • Akin Gump Strauss Hauer & Feld LLP
  • Amblin Partners
  • Annapurna Pictures
  • P.J. & Jim Clark
  • Cooley LLP
  • Covington & Burling LLP
  • Crowell & Moring LLP
  • DLA Piper LLP
  • Dykema
  • Susan & Scott Edelman
  • Patricia Glaser, Glaser Weil LLP
  • Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman, L.L.P.
  • Harder LLP
  • Hypnotic and SUITS: Aaron Korsh, David Bartis, Gene Klein & Doug Liman
  • ITV America
  • Jo Kaplan & Larry Feldman
  • Kibre & Horowitz LLP
  • Kinsella Weitzman Iser Kump & Aldisert LLP
  • Latham & Watkins LLP
  • Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
  • Morgan, Lewis & Bockius LLP
  • Morgan Stanley
  • Morrison & Foerster LLP
  • Paul, Weiss, Rifkind, Wharton & Garrison LLP
  • Philpott Meeks, LLP
  • Pomona Unified School District
  • Robins Kaplan LLP
  • Dawn & Phil Rudolph
  • Elizabeth Zamora & Miguel Santana
  • Seyfarth Shaw LLP
  • Shook, Hardy & Bacon L.L.P.
  • Sullivan & Cromwell LLP
  • Nicole Tilley


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