Big Brothers Big Sisters L.A. Hosts Annual Accessories for Success Scholarship Luncheon

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The event was held at the Beverly Wilshire on Sunday evening.

ABC Signature senior vp Tracy Underwood was honored Sunday with the Excellence in Mentoring Award from Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles at the Beverly Wilshire.

Sponsored by City National Bank, the event recognized those who have shown exceptional dedication to Big Brothers Big Sisters, an organization that serves 1,500 underprivileged youth through one-to-one mentoring programs that assist them in pursuing their educational and career aspirations. 

The luncheon began with a chance for attendees to shop at vendor boutiques to raise money for the organization. Donating to the cause was encouraged by fashion icon and actress Amber Valletta, who hosted the event for the sixth year in a row. 

“The organization is there every step of the way, guiding our bigs and our littles on the path to childhood through responsible adult,” Valletta explained. With its guidance, she noted, “each of these students has accomplished and will accomplish great things, despite the challenges they face.”

Grownish star and activist Yara Shahidi thanked those who supported BBBSLA’s commitment to providing guidance to underprivileged youth. 

“This room is filled with brilliant and generous space makers who have built into their lives time to support others,” she said. 

Along with Underwood, Mandeville Television president Laurie Zaks was honored with an Excellence in Mentoring Award and Martha Henderson, executive vp entertainment banking at City National Bank, received an Innovator Award.  

In 2009, The Hollywood Reporter became partners with Big Brothers Big Sisters of Los Angeles. Since its start, the program has assisted more than 120 underprivileged students, and over 90 percent have gone on to four-year universities.