Caitlyn Jenner Honored at Face Forward's La Dolce Vita Gala
The nonprofit celebrated 10 years of helping survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking on Saturday at the Beverly Wilshire.
Saturday evening at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, Face Forward’s ‘La Dolce Vita’ gala celebrated their 10-year anniversary of helping survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking.
The night included a performance by Grammy-winner Ne-Yo, plus a live and silent auction. Star supporters in attendance at the charity gala hosted by Jeremy Piven included Sara Gilbert, Caitlyn Jenner, Lana Parrilla and Jay McGraw, among others.
Face Forward is a nonprofit organization whose mission is to provide emotional support and pro bono reconstructive surgery for women, children and men who have been victims of domestic violence, human trafficking or any cruel acts of crime.
Caitlyn Jenner was honored with the Beacon of Hope Award and touched on the importance of bringing awareness to three critical issues facing the trans community, including job discrimination, homelessness and suicide.
“I am so happy and look forward to work in the future with Face Forward," she said. "Recently, Face Forward started helping out a trans person because they had taken too much silicone in certain areas because they had thought they would look better with more work. And as we all know, that could be very dangerous. I work with a lot of doctors in this community, especially in Beverly Hills, who do tremendous work for the community. So in the future I would just like to say to pay attention to the ‘T’ portion of LGBT. Keep working to make a difference. Be accepting of these people. Help out with the homelessness. Help out with the job discrimination. Help out with the suicide rates. I hope I can be in the future, just a little bit of a beacon of hope in trying to spread the word.”
Co-founder Deborah Alessi shared with The Hollywood Reporter her motivation for starting Face Forward, “I think most people think that I’m married to a plastic surgeon and that’s why I started Face Forward, but I’m actually a survivor myself so when we [Alessi and Dr. David Alessi] got married, it made perfect sense to do something great and tell the experience that I went through.”
The evening raised over $500,000 for the charitable cause.