Shuttles whisked us to a grand Malibu home hanging on the rugged coastline for the 7th Annual Children Mending Hearts “Empathy Rocks” Fundraiser Sunday, June 14.
As we approached the orange carpet on this unusual steamy day, the media was in full force snapping young starlets’ photos. The long driveway led to silent auction items, gorgeous products being displayed that could be purchased, and an area for kids (or adults) with flash tats, Tarot card readings, green screen video opportunities, flower crown making, and more.
As we meandered to the back of the property we passed cotton candy machines, more photo opportunities with props, and food and drinks galore. Colorful umbrellas on the lawn shaded guests after the June gloom wore off, and an afternoon of mingling was underway with my singer songwriter friend Carly Robyn Green.
Founded in 2008 by Lysa Heslov, the mission of Children Mending Hearts is to empower disadvantaged youth through educational and arts programs that build empathy and global citizenry. Their goal is to directly engage the youth of America in global children’s causes where they can positively impact the life of another child and ultimately realize their potential to create change both in their own community and around the world.
The Global Arts Program of Children Mending Hearts provides participating youth (around ages 9 – 14) with colorful, engaging arts exploration that ties directly to building an in-depth awareness about a specific country that is currently affected by social/political conflict, natural disaster or extreme economic deprivation.
Many hearts were honored that afternoon for exemplifying the organizations goals and values, such as Ambassador Nicole Avant received the Peace Award, Shay Mitchell received the Global Citizen Award, recording artist Zendaya received the Empathy Rockstar Award, and the cast of Teen Wolf received the Cast of Heroes Award. Performances included Ava Cordoso-Smith and these super cool young kids in the band The Negotiators who made me feel even more like I was in LA as these elementary age boys expertly played tunes like they were ready for MTV.
We ran into Chad Lowe with his wife and kids, the owner of the sexy and comfortable bathing suit line Trunkettes, Todd Krim of GiveBackHollywood, the owner of True Religion jeans, Randy Jackson of American Idol and many more old friends and interesting people while enjoying a relaxing Sunday.
The event was generously sponsored by Michael Stars, Material Girl, Sony Pictures Entertainment, Sabra, Participant Media, The Saban Charitable Support Fund, Creative Artists Agency, Tasty Brand, and PricewaterhouseCoopers.
Children Mending Hearts brings compassion and caring into young people’s lives.