CHILDREN MENDING HEARTS
ZAC EFRON &HOLLY ROBINSON PEETE
Show Support for Children Mending Hearts
When CMH founder, Lysa Heslov, was exposed to the tragedy of the genocide in Sudan, she wanted to help. Her idea was to empower children in the war-torn region through the gift of art. She made kites with a group of children who beamed with rare smiles as they watched their creations soar in the air.
Moved extraordinarily by this powerful experience, Heslov’s mind turned to the disadvantaged youth in the US. Soon, Children Mending Hearts was born.
Her dream is to empower at-risk children in the United States by giving them a global education and connecting them internationally to children in need. She imagines the day when all disadvantaged youth are proud global citizens who realize their ability to effect change not only in their own lives, but also in their community and around the world.
Yesterday, Children Mending Hearts hosted its 6th annual fundraiser, “Empathy Rocks: A Spring into Summer Bash,” at a private residence in Beverly Hills, CA. Sal Masekela emceed the event and guests enjoyed performances by The Negotiators and Ava Cardoso Smith.
This year’s honorees include: Holly Robinson Peete who received the Humanitarian of the Year Award, presented by Nyambi Nyambi.
Rob Machado who received the Heal the World Award, presented by Gabby Reece and The Vampire Diaries who receive the Cast of Heroes Award – accepted by Kat Graham, Michael Trevino and Kayla Ewell, presented by Corbin Bleu.
Past Wiles cover girl Holly Robinson Peete was teary eyed when speaking about her personal struggles dealing with her father, Sesame Street actor/producer Matt Robinson, who suffers from Parkinson’s and her 16 year old son RJ living with Autism. When accepting her award, Holly closed with, “I encourage you all to show a little more empathy for children with Autism.”
Special guests in attendance include: Zac Efron (Neighbors), Michelle Rodriguez, Clea Duvall (American Horror Story), Lisa Andersen, plus additional attendees including: Candace Cameron Bure, Donovan Leitch, Emile Hirsch (Prince Avalanche), Holland Roden (Teen Wolf), Ian Bohen (Teen Wolf), Jesse Bradford (Guys with Kids), Joey King (Fargo), Julian Morris (Pretty Little Liars), Kyle Richards (Real Housewives), Loree Rodkin (Fashion Designer), Laird Hamilton, Mechad Brooks (Necessary Roughness),Pamela Adlon, Peter Gadiot (Once Upon a Time in Wonderland), Rachel Roy (Fashion Designer), Rosanna Arquette, Ryan Rottman (The Lying Game), Shiloh Fernandez (White Bird in a Blizzard), Sam Trammell (True Blood), Simone Legno(tokidoki Co-founder), Tom Welling (Smallville), and Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side).
Sponsors for the event include: Luvo, Michael Stars, Hasbro, Aquaçai, Sabra, Manduka and Pasta Chips.
To learn more about Children Mending Hearts, please visit: www.childrenmendinghearts.org/