“The LA Scene” comes to Barker Hangar in Santa Monica for the Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) 15th annual Dream Halloween Los Angeles from 5 to 8:30 p.m. Saturday, October 25th, at the Santa Monica Air Center, 3021 Airport Ave.
Honorary event chairs Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith join host Jamie Lee Curtis in support of the foundation, which is dedicated to children in the United States, Latin America and the Caribbean affected by the HIV/AIDS epidemic.
“Worldwide there are more than two million children living with HIV and an additional 15 million who have been orphaned due to AIDS. Events such as Dream Halloween Los Angeles allow us to raise critical funds to support these children in need,” says Joe Cristina, founder and board chair of the foundation. “Our gracious sponsors, event attendees, performers and volunteers have helped us to raise more than $30 million since our inception in 1993.”
Wilmer Valderrama, Jason Priestley, Melina Kanakaredes, Marlee Matlin and Doris Roberts will serve as honorary vice co-chairs for the event.
One-of-a-kind dolls created in the likeness of Jada Pinkett Smith and Willow Smith will be presented to them by Bob Eckert, chairman and chief executive officer of Mattel, Inc., and Jerry Storch, chairman and chief executive officer of Toys”R”Us, Inc. A one-of-a-kind Hot Wheels made with Valderrama will be presented to the actor by Tim Kilpin, Mattel general manager and senior vice president of boys/entertainment, and Priestley, last year’s recipient of the Hot Wheels figure. The three celebrities have agreed to auction these items during the event to benefit the foundation.
“Funds from our successful Dream Halloween Los Angeles will go to help children and families affected by AIDS,” says foundation president Cathy Brown. “In 2008, we have helped 35,000 children by lightening the burden of the day-to-day struggle for them or their family members.”
Storch will receive the foundation’s Ribbon of Dreams Award in the Children’s Advocate Award Category and Paul, Hastings, Janofsky & Walker, LLP will be honored in the Industry Award Category for its work in helping the organization achieve its mission.
“The LA Scene” will feature Los Angeles landmark towns such as “Holly-Weird,” “Mali-Boo,” “9021-Uh-Oh” and “Bel-Scare Estates” with trick-or-treating for toys, costume characters, arts and games, as well as food from various restaurants, including Blue Velvet, Chaya, Drago Ristorante and Fleming’s Prime Steakhouse and Wine Bar.
“It is always fun to see children and families having a wonderful Halloween and more importantly helping children affected by AIDS in the process,” Brown says.
The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation was founded in Los Angeles in 1993 by Cristina, a Mattel, Inc. executive whose desire to help children was inspired by the outpouring of support he received when he disclosed his own HIV-positive status, according to a release by the foundation. It is the only organization devoted to providing social, educational, recreational and other critical support for children impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and other countries. The foundation accomplishes its mission domestically and abroad through four programs – domestic grant making, domestic initiatives, international grant making and international initiatives.
Information, (310) 201-5033, www.caaf 4kids.org/.