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It was a family affair for powerhouse talent agency CAA on Tuesday night as Richard Lovett provided the sprawling grounds of his Brentwood estate for an event, Kevin Huvane was honored for his work and Bryan Lourd personally led guests into the dining tent.
Several students took to the stage and spoke about the difference that Communities in Schools (CIS) had made in their lives, how the organization had helped them get into college and gave them the tools to pursue their dreams.
While receiving his award, Huvane spoke about how supporting minority achievement was vital, both in business and education. “It’s an amazing thing to be an agent,” he said. “To fight for your people. To make dreams come true. To create opportunities for people who didn’t think that there were any possible because they were a woman, or not Caucasian, or because of who or how they loved or because they were new to this country. This is why I love CIS.”
Los Angeles County supervisor Mark Ridley Thompson was also honored for his contributions to CIS, and he spoke about the importance of funding an organization that could have such a positive impact in people’s lives.
“We balanced a $30 billion budget in the county of Los Angeles, which means there ought to be a little something there for young people and their aspirations,” said Ridley. “For the communities from which they come, if we invest in them, they will in turn invest in us and life will be much better for all.”
Pop star Lianne La Havas serenaded the guests with a trio of songs, and the evening raised more than $800,000 to support the organization.
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