Santa Monica resident Sid Ganis, an award-winning producer and president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences, was among the honorees at the 14th annual “Gala for the Children” December 5th at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel.
A Place Called Home, a nonprofit youth center providing at-risk youths with educational enrichment opportunities, presented the gala.
In addition to Ganis, gala honorees included Dawn Taubin, president of Domestic Marketing for Warner Bros. Pictures; and private investor and philanthropist Rob Davidow. More than $1 million was raised to support the programs at A Place Called Home.
“It gives me great pleasure to be among those honoring these amazing role models,” said A Place Called Home executive director Thyonne Gordon. “All are successful in their own right, but have found the time to unselfishly give back to their respective communities and to our at-risk youths.”
Actress Angela Bassett presented the Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award, named for the organization’s founder, to Sid Ganis, who has served as president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences since 2005.
Ganis founded Out of the BlueÖ Entertainment in 1996, following a career as an executive at several major studios. He serves on the board of trustees of the American Film Institute, as well as the board of directors of Marvel Entertainment.
Founded in 1993 by Debrah Constance, A Place Called Home aims to provide at-risk youths with a secure, positive family environment where they can regain hope and belief, earn trust and self-respect and learn skills that will lead to a productive lifestyle.
Today, the organization serves more than 4,000 youths from its own facility, providing children with mentoring programs; tutoring; music/dance/arts programs; health, nutrition and counseling programs; and sports and recreation programs.