Los Angeles (PRWEB) May 24, 2014
National mentorship organization Step Up will honor actress and advocate Zoe Saldana; Variety Editor-in Chief Claudia Eller; corporate honoree KPMG and graduating Step Up senior Tamia Walker at its 11th annual Inspiration Awards on May 30, held at the Beverly Hilton.
The star-studded red carpet charity luncheon celebrates professional and philanthropic accomplishment, honoring influencers, executives, corporate partners and Step Up teens alike.
“The Inspiration Awards exemplifies the impact of role models and mentors, whose dedication and work benefits so many lives,” Step Up CEO Jenni Luke says. “It is for this reason that we’re excited to recognize Zoe, Claudia, Tamia and KPMG, as they continue to inspire other women that inspire the next generation of girls.”
The event will begin with a runway show presented by HALSTON HERITAGE, followed by Emmy Award-winning actress Julie Bowen, who will present the Inspiration Award to Walker. Walker was selected as the teen honoree from among her Step Up Class of 2014 peers for her achievements in Step Up’s after-school programs. Actress Constance Zimmer will also assist on-stage, helping Step Up raise vital funds during a fundraising challenge.
Melanie Barr-Levey and Tanya Hekimian pull double duty, serving as both the co-chairs of Step Up’s Los Angeles Board of Directors and as co-chairs of the Inspiration Awards, while Willow Bay is the program’s honorary producer.
In addition to the fashion show and awards ceremony, style lounges by partnering brands including HALSTON HERITAGE, LUNA Bar and Color Secrets, will open before and after the program. The style lounges provide guests with the chance to engage with Step Up partner brands and enjoy product sampling and services. The HALSTON HERITAGE lounge will allow guests to shop with 15% of proceeds benefiting Step Up. Other sponsors include The Container Store, Dogeared, U.S. Bank, WineSimple and media partners InStyle, Angeleno and Variety.
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