Caitlyn Jenner to Receive Face Forward’s “Beacon of Hope Award” at Star Studded September 22nd Gala

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Sara Gilbert International Ambassador Lana Parrilla, Guest Speaker and Honoree Caitlyn Jenner, Host Jeremy Piven, Singer Songwriter Willa Amai, Honorees Jay McGraw, Christopher Bollenbach, Terrel Owens, Emcee Christine Devine and PREVIOUSLY ANNOUNCED GRAMMY WINNING PERFORMER

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"Come celebrate our survivors and those who support the work we do!"

Face Forward is thrilled to announce the expansion of their mission of providing reconstructive surgery and counseling services to include Veterans of War in addition to their annual fundraising gala September 22nd at the Beverly Wilshire. A local Beverly Hills doctor has agreed to partner with Face Forward and donated a large number of hours in specialized treatments to take care of burns and other injuries requiring reconstructive surgery to Veterans in need of their services. The charity has been growing with its service offerings by recently treating the charity’s first transgender survivor of human trafficking, multiple international patients and growing partnerships for educational and counseling services.

“Veterans of war are a population that we have been wanting to assist and we are pleased to announce that we have the resources and partnerships in place to make this happen. We are so thankful to the doctors and partners that donate their time to make all of this possible, and to help war veterans get the care they need. This year’s goal is to raise one million dollars to be able to serve even more patients, and what a terrific forum to make this announcement and explain the additions to our programs than at our annual Gala. We are excited for the performance, for celebrity guests such as Sara Gilbert, Lana Parrilla, Jeremy Piven and all come out to support us,” said founder Deborah Alessi.

It has been previously announced that there will be a performance by a Grammy winning artist, attendance by celebrities such as International Ambassador Lana Parrilla, Sara Gilbert, honorees Jay McGraw and Christopher Bollenbach, Jeremy Piven, Terrell Owens, new performer Willa Amai signed to the amazing Linda Perry, and the newest announcement of special guest speaker and honoree Caitlyn Jenner, who will be presented with the Beacon of Hope Award. Other celebrities expected include, Elisabeth Rohm (NCIS) Hannah Zeile (This Is Us) Charo (DWTS) Terrell Owens, Brigitte Nielson and many more.

The “La Dolce Vita” themed Gala will be held at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, in celebration of the organizations’ 10-year anniversary and will host one of the most amazing live and silent auctions.

The Beverly Hills based non-profit organization celebrates 10 years of providing reconstructive surgery and emotional support for women, children and men who have been victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, or any cruel acts of crime. The Face Forward Annual Gala will raise funds that directly support patient treatment and recoveries, airfare, accommodations, and all necessary medical expenses for survivors. Founder of Face Forward and domestic violence survivor, Deborah Alessi, along with her Co-founder and husband, Dr. David Alessi, Beverly Hills renowned facial reconstructive surgeon, have provided millions of dollars in donated surgical and counseling services to nearly 80 patients from 10 different countries around the globe over multiple years of treatment, some requiring up to ten or more surgeries each. In addition to the hundreds of surgeries that have been provided in direct services, through strategic partnerships with other nonprofit organizations and their own Patient Advocacy Board, Face Forward has also connected thousands more survivors with educational and counseling services, legal and employment referrals as well as educational scholarship opportunities. In recognition of their work, Face Forward was recently recognized by The Mary Byron Project with the “Celebrating Solutions Award” for fostering innovations and strategies to help end domestic violence.

Additionally, in 2018, Face Forward treated their first transgender survivor who was a victim of sex trafficking, and also assisted with Syrian refugee children traveling to the U.S. for treatment.

The Gala will bring a taste of Rome’s “sweet life” to Beverly Hills. Guests will enjoy surprises, exciting performances, world class food, and a live and silent auction with priceless packages. Returning sponsors include: Etihad Airways, Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Alessi Institute, Crystal Cruises, Micato Safaris, Roberto Cavalli, Mont Blac Executive Car Service, Alyse Parfume,Square Root Designs, Curve Vodka, Beverly Hills Rolls Royce, Viking Cruises and Kandima Maldives. Face Forward is also excited to announce new sponsors Ardor Designs, Adva-Net, Bottega Louie and Beverly Hills IV Therapy.

The live auction this year is spectacular. It includes ultra-luxurious vacation packages from:
Niyama Private Islands Maldives one or two-bedroom villa in the premier 5-star resort in the Indian Ocean. 6 nights are available in nature’s playground. This place is so special and so much fun! With the twin islands of Play and Chill, you have a daily choice of paradise. Conde Naste rated top 4 resorts in the…...WORLD!
Kandima Maldives is more than just a holiday- it is a life-changing experience. Seriously stylish, there is a plethora of food, bars and activities to choose from. Enjoy 6 nights in a newly constructed ocean-pool villa with all the amenities. You will never say goodbye to the Maldives.
Crystal Cruises- Travel the Mediterranean in the most exclusive and luxurious cruise ship in the world. The food is above gourmet and the service beyond compare.
Micato Safaris and Etihad Airways. Fly business class in high-end business class luxury to your once-in-a-lifetime African Safari in a 5-star lodge.
Milan Fashion Week. Start with a photoshoot by the amazing celebrity photographer, Tony Duran. Then travel like royalty to a 5-star hotel in Italy and hob nob with celebrities and fashion’s elite. This is a very selective invitation only event and is the hottest ticket in fashion. No one gets in except YOU!
Mikimoto diamonds and pearls earrings and necklace set. Mikimoto is the the absolute best in pearl jewelry. No one even comes close. You deserve perfection!
Extravagant gourmet dinner in your home with the famous exclusive celebrity Chef Conny Anderson. Eight of your friends will enjoy a caviar dinner (mmm- sounds expensive) and open up your bottle of the 2007 Napa Valley Reserve #1002 to indulge!
Founders Penthouse Extravaganza. Live like a billionaire for 3 nights at the top of the Palms Hotel in Las Vegas. Enjoy premium alcohol, a famous chef, and a semi-private jet. The party is now on!
The Private Suite at LAX. This is an absolute MUST for anyone who travels overseas. Be escorted directly to and from your LAX flight like a head-of-state on a tarmac limo. Any wait will be in a private better-than-first-class lounge. Do all your customs and immigrations with a private officer in the lounge area. Total steps car to plane is 70 and not the usual 2200 and no lines. Absolutely Private!!
Jumeirah Al Naseem Presidential Suite. You haven’t seen luxury or service until you’ve stayed 3 nights at the Al Naseem. Located on the gulf in Dubai, this is the newest and most spectacular yet, ultra 5-star hotel in this stunning and glamorous city. Did we say fun?
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