Viacom’s Sumner Redstone and Fox’s Dana Walden were among the honorees feted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles Monday night, during a private cocktail reception at the Montage Hotel. Although the actual awards won’t be handed out until The Rising Stars Gala on October 26, the organization (which aims to nurture underprivileged children through positive one-to-one relationships) recognized Redstone and Walden for acting as inspiring and positive role models for young people.
“Sumner, there is nobody who deserves this award more than you,” said BBBS board member Sherry Lansing of the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award recipient. “You have been a mentor to so many people and an inspiration too.”
WME’s Nancy Josephson—who received the BBBS Sherry Lansing Award in 2011—passed the torch to Walden. "Dana makes enormous time for many charities here in L.A. from the Chrysalis Foundation to the UCLA Cancer Center,” she said. “So we're very lucky to have her with Big Brothers Big Sisters L.A.”
Guests such as CBS’ Leslie Moonves and his wife Julie Chen, Fox's Gary Newman, NBC's Jennifer Salke, George Schlatter, Robert Evans and Fred Willard--who came to support his wife Mary’s commitment to the organization--all mingled at the soiree.
“This is some event tonight isn’t it,” enthused Willard. “Sumner Redstone, Sherry Lansing, Bob Evans…Lots of show biz legends in this room.”
Disney's Shake it Up! star, Roshon Fegen, will receive the Rising Star Award and longtime BBBSLA Guild member Kim Vamos will receive the Trailblazer Award at the October gala.