Philanthropist Wallis Annenberg and Phil Kent, Chairman and CEO of Turner Broadcasting System, to be Honored at United Friends of The Children’s Brass Ring Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 2, 2011

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Event hosted by comedian Andy Richter, from the TBS show Conan,and entertainment provided by celebrated Blues artist Keb’Mo’

Wallis Annenberg, Chairman, President and CEO of the Annenberg Foundation and Phil Kent, Turner Broadcasting System’s Chairman and CEO, will be honored at United Friends of the Children’s Brass Ring Awards Dinner on Thursday, June 2, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Proceeds from the event support the organization’s education and transitional living programs for Los Angeles foster youth.

The evening, hosted by Andy Richter from the TBS talk-show, Conan, begins at 6:30pm with a reception, followed by the dinner, live auction and entertainment from three-time Grammy Award winner Keb’ Mo’ at 7:30pm. Celebrity guests also expected to attend include Regina King (Southland), Scott Bakula (Men of a Certain Age) and Mark-Paul Gosselaar (Franklin & Bash).

Warner Bros. Chairman and CEO Barry Meyer will present the eighth Brass Ring Award to Phil Kent for his leadership and service to wide-ranging philanthropic and education organizations.

Kent understands the need to provide a safe and positive environment to youth exiting the foster care system, “I’ve seen first-hand just how important the types of services provided by UFC are in supporting foster children, young people and their families, and I am honored to a part of the Brass Ring Awards Dinner.”

The Nancy M. Daly Founder’s Award will be presented to Wallis Annenberg by longtime UFC Board member, Carol Biondi, in recognition of her deep commitment to foster youth.

“United Friends of the Children is such an important organization in the momentous task of providing emotional and financial support to improve the lives of Los Angeles foster youth. I am so pleased to be a part of the program, and to be receiving this very special award in honor of my dear friend Nancy Daly,” said Wallis Annenberg.

“UFC’s mission is to expand opportunities for LA’s foster youth —help them find jobs, rent their own apartment, attend and graduate from college, and to have meaningful relationships with others.” adds Polly Williams, President of UFC. “Foster youth need the chance to build a strong sense of self that makes a successful adulthood possible.”

The 2011 benefit dinner chairs are Jeff Bewkes, Edye and Eli Broad, Ghada and Ray Irani, Joyce and Kent Kresa, Sherry Lansing and William Friedkin, Jamie McCourt, Wendy and Barry Meyer, Steve Mosko, Gayle Garner Roski and Ed Roski, Cheryl and Haim Saban, and Eva and Mark Stern.

Live auction items at this year’s Gala include a six-day stay for four couples at the private manor, Tighantuir, in the Perthshire Highlands of Scotland; two highly coveted tickets to a taping of the annual “Ellen’s 12 Days of Christmas”; a luxurious seven-day vacation for eight people to “Toucan Hill” located on the island of Mustique in the Caribbean, known as one of the most exclusive islands in the world; and a one-of-a-kind, private dinner party for 20 prepared by legendary culinary master, Wolfgang Puck, and the world renowned chefs from his award winning Los Angeles restaurants Spago, Cut, Chinois and WP24.

The Brass Ring dinner is held every year and raises essential funds needed to support UFC’s annual operations. UFC’s programs in education and transitional housing have proven positive outcomes, with 100% of the 2010 College Readiness class graduating from high school, 74% of all active Pathways Alumni employed and 70% of College Sponsorship students earning a bachelors degree.

Founded in 1979, 2011 marks the 32nd year since UFC began offering programs to address the unmet needs of foster youth in Los Angeles. Every year UFC serves more than 1,200 current and former foster youth throughout LA County.

To learn more about the United Friends of the Children or for information about the Brass Ring event, including live auction package donations and tax deductible table and ticket purchases, please visit http://www.UnitedFriends.org
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