Glamor for good: Byron Allen’s annual Oscars gala returns to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles

Tonight is evening; Many of the film industry’s brightest stars will gather at the Dolby Theater in Los Angeles to celebrate the 95th Annual Academy Awards. While many of us will be tuning in to see the big winners of the evening, Byron Allen, Founder and CEO of Entertainment Studios and owner of theGrio will be creating a win for thousands of children and families across the region. of Los Angeles and beyond, hosting its fifth annual Academy Awards in support of Children’s Hospital Los Angeles (CHLA).

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Byron Allen attends the Byron Allen Oscar Gala to Benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles on February 24, 2019 in Los Angeles, California.
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Returning for its first year since 2020 at the Beverly Wilshire, Allen’s Oscars Gala, a viewing and after-party, draws an enviable list of celebrity guests and performers. This year, living legend Diana Ross will entertain the star-studded crowd with a special performance, while comedian Howie Mandel will be the evening’s emcee. Confirmed gala guests include Anthony Anderson, Daymond John, Sharon Stone, Holly Robinson Peete, Vivica Fox, Jackée Harry, Kel Williams and more, in addition to familiar faces from Entertainment Studios’ own talent roster, including Judge Greg Mathis, Judge Mablean Ephraim and featuring Chef Edward Delling-Williams and Chef Lorna Maseko.

However, as well-known and affluent as the gala’s guest list may be, the evening will be centered around its beneficiary, the Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles. One of the nation’s leading academic medical centers for children and the premier provider of pediatric medical care in Los Angeles County (the most populous in the nation), CHLA’s reach extends even further. Ranked among the nation’s top 10 hospitals on U.S. News & World Report’s Best Children’s Hospitals Honor Roll for 2022-2023, children in all 50 states and more than 90 countries receive critical care provided by CHLA and its six regional specialty care centers, says the Foundation’s associate vice president at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Candie Davidson-Goldbronn, who spoke to theGrio via email.

Byron Allen's Oscar Gala Raised $1.5 Million for Children's Hospital Los Angeles

“CHLA’s expertise spans the entire continuum of pediatric care, from everyday preventive medicine to the most complex surgical procedures, such as double organ transplants. At the forefront of pediatric medicine, CHLA is home to renowned experts who work together across all disciplines to provide exceptional care, advance pediatric medicine, and help set standards of care across the country and around the world,” said said Davidson-Goldbronn. “Driven by a culture of innovation, the hospital’s principles of research and discovery are integrated into all aspects of care. The best and the brightest come to work at Children’s Hospital Los Angeles because they are deeply dedicated to providing life-changing, life-saving care for a truly diverse population of children, many of whom come from of underserved communities.

Since its inception in 2017, the Byron Allen Oscar Gala has raised millions for CHLA, including $1.5 million in 2020. Davidson-Goldbronn highlighted the vital impact of this ongoing philanthropy on the broad community CHLA serves.

“Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is proud – and honored – of the support of Byron Allen, [his wife, film and television producer] Jennifer Lucas and other community partners and champions,” she said. “Philanthropy is the backbone of funding for many essential programs and services, and we are deeply grateful to generous celebrity donors for their outstanding contributions and thoughtful advocacy. They spread the message that Children’s Hospital Los Angeles is one of the nation’s premier academic medical centers… Endorsements from our community reinforce our commitment to excellence and equip our providers with the resources to care for children. children and families when needed. ”

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Byron Allen and Jennifer Lucas watch Maroon 5 perform at the 4th Annual Byron Allen Academy Awards Gala to Benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire, A Four Seasons Hotel on February 09, 2020, in Los Angeles, California.
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“We’re so proud to raise funds and give back to those who need our help the most,” Allen said in 2018. “We can’t do enough for Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.” While glamor may reign on Oscar night, at Byron Allen’s Oscar gala, it’s for the sake of kids’ health.

“At Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, we are grateful to have a thriving community of supporters who believe in our mission to create hope and build a healthier future. These contributions have helped ACCH prioritize the health and well-being of children and families, especially those who are most vulnerable,” Davidson-Goldbronn said.

“Support from the annual Byron Allen Oscar Gala helps maintain and expand our life-saving clinical programs and services, our world-renowned research programs that lead to the development of new treatments and cures for childhood diseases, and our leading national education and training programs that cultivate promising physicians and nursing providers,” she continued. “Together, thanks to our philanthropic partners and the work of our remarkable team, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles can provide world-class, compassionate care to more than 600,000 children each year.”

To learn more about Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, visit the CHLA website.

Maiysha Kai is theGrio’s Lifestyle Editor, covering everything black and beautiful. Her work draws on two decades of experience in fashion and entertainment, great books and the brilliance of black culture. She is also editor-author of Body: Words of Change series.

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