The Sofitel Los Angeles at Beverly Hills played host Tuesday night to the inaugural fundraiser of the Kindred Foundation for Adoption.
The Svedka Vodka cocktails flowed as celebrities and supporters signed up to volunteer for their time and resources to the Kindred’s cause: to aid adoptees and their families in finding stability and happiness.
“We believe that family is extendable not only to those with whom you share your DNA,” co-founder Samantha Futerman tells me, “but with whomever you choose to accept into your life.”
The initiative of the foundation, created in 2013 by fellow adoptees Samantha Futerman and Jenna Ushkowitz, is to provide international and domestic adoptees and their families (both adoptive and biological) with services such as travel, translation and support for those who wish to reunite. It also offers easily accessible hotlines; introduction to art and encouragement of artistic expression; and programs in native countries to aid orphans living within the foster care and government systems.
In 2013, Samantha and Anaïs Bordier discovered — and this isn’t a Hollywood script — that they were identical twin sisters separated at birth. When news of their story spread worldwide, they were told myriad stories of the joys and heartaches that fellow adoptees experience.
Samantha reached out to fellow Korean American adoptee Ushkowitz for help. As young actors in New York City, the two became close friends. So when Samantha presented the idea, Jenna enthusiastically came on board and together, they founded a company and became adoption advocates.
“We aim to be the ultimate resource for adoption,” Samantha tells me, adding with a smile, “adoption rocks.”
Among the supporters walking the red carpet for the cause: Emma Roberts, Naya Rivera, Sarah Hyland, Torrey DeVitto, Claire Holt, Darren Criss, Becca Tobin, Jacob Artist, Heather Morris, Taylor Spreitler, Kayla Ewell, Alessandra Torresani, Ryan Rottman, Cameron Moulene, Ian Bohen, among others.
Scott Bridges an L.A.-based journalist who has worked as a police-beat reporter, a community newspaper editor, and a food and travel writer. He currently works as a freelance writer, contributing to The Huffington Post and Bizjournals.com, among other sites. He is a native Californian who lives on the Westside.