Posted Tuesday, Sept. 18, 2012
Pat O’Brien, Christopher Kennedy Lawford honored
Hollywood turned out Saturday, Sept.15, for The Brent Shapiro Foundation’s Alcohol and Drug Awareness event,“Summer Spectacular.”
The Shapiro Foundation,an all-volunteer organization that fights the disease of addiction via educational initiatives and academic scholarships, ended up raising $500,000. Robert, wife Linell and son Grant Shapiro hosted stars, studio heads, film and TVproducers and socially conscious philanthropists at Jeff Greene’s donatedpalatial estate,high atop Beverly Hills, Calif.
Honoree Chris Lawford, Linell and Robert Shapiro and Pat O'Brien
Television broadcasting personality Pat O’Brien served as Master of Ceremonies with entertainment by Chris Rene, of the X Factor and Landau, America's Got Talent winner. The prestigious award of the evening was presented to bestselling author and activist Christopher Kennedy Lawfordfor his exemplary service to the recovery community.
“This organization is a game changer. The first time I experienced the Shapiro Foundation's amazing evening,my eyes were opened to what the power of 'we' can do to make others lives better. I wouldn't miss this night for the world,” said Pat O'Brien.
The more than$500,000 raised from this year's live auction — helmed by Robert himself,which included priceless jewelry, ringside seats to a heavyweight fight and an all inclusive African safari —is earmarked for a pilot program at Variety's Boys andGirls Club in Boyle Heights where “Brent's Club” will offer educational incentives to kids who stay clean, remain in school and “do the right thing.”
Funds raised were also presented in the form of college scholarships to two college-bound youth who stayed on the right path.