The Chrysalis Butterfly Ball, which raises funds to help homeless and low-income individuals find and retain employment, has announced this year’s honorees.
The nonprofit organization Chrysalis, will recognize four leaders in the entertainment industry: writers and producers, Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci; CAA’s Josh Lieberman; and president of television for Chernin Entertainment Katherine Pope, at the 12th annual event (co-chaired by Rebecca Gayheart-Dane, Evolution Media Capital’s Rick Hess, Universal’s Donna Langley, Fox’s Dana Walden and WME’s Richard Weitz). The evening, hosted by New Girl’s Max Greenfield, will take place at a private estate in Brentwood on June 8.
"In life, you learn that surrounding yourselves with the right people who support your dreams and goals is half the battle," said Lieberman. "For so many who, by various misfortunes, have not had a good support system, Chrysalis is that rock they can count on. In working with these individuals, you realize very quickly how deserving they are of our support.”
Added Pope: “We've all had our share of ups and downs in our lives where the future was unclear. But what defines us is how we use those moments as a catalyst for growth and fuel to change what is in our control. Chrysalis has helped thousands of clients do just that.”
The organization was started in 1984, by John Dillon, as a food and clothing distribution center on Skid Row. There are three L.A. locations, which service more than 400 clients a day. Chrysalis client Johnny Gutierrez will receive the annual John Dillon award, which recognizes his success in entering the workforce and retaining a full-time job.
Said Orci: "When you hear the life stories from people right here in our own community, who are clients at Chrysalis, and when you come to learn of their lowest moments and how Chrysalis has led to their proudest triumphs, it's easy to see why this local organization is so impactful."
"Roberto and I are incredibly grateful to be recognized,” added Kurtzman. “We look forward to celebrating the work that Chrysalis does day in and day out in our city, helping men and women turn their life around."
Last year, the event raised $1.2 million.