Charlize Theron Presents Ari Emanuel With Service Award
GenerationOn's first block party at Fox Studios honored WME for supporting arts education opportunities for youth.
With all of the frenzy concerning talent signings, a Hollywood power agency’s commitment to service tends to become overshadowed.
Actress Charlize Theron presented WME with the Make Your Mark award at the first block party for Point of Light's youth service organization GenerationOn, held on Saturday at the Fox Studios lot in Los Angeles.
"Every other week, a couple of kids come to WME to be mentored," said Theron. "I’m convinced I booked my last four jobs because of those kids, so I just want to say thank you."
WME co-CEO Ari Emanuel accepted the honor on behalf of WME. Emanuel discussed the company’s newly implemented Walk to Walk day, when employees spent their day volunteering at a local public school.
“We closed the doors for the entire day, and it was worth every minute because it symbolized the legacy my parents gave me, which is we can give our kids love, and we can give them education,” said Emanuel. “That’s the culture and that’s the legacy we want to create at WME and IMG.”
Theron brought beau Sean Penn and her three-year-old son, Jackson Theron, for fun in the sun. Penn spent quality time with Jackson, eating snow cones and shooting Nerf guns at one of the activity booths.
The young stars of hit shows including Parenthood and Girl Meets World were on hand to raise awareness at the event, which took place on the final day of Volunteer Week. Kids were given the opportunity to pack survival kits for the homeless, as well as build toy action figures on behalf of founding partner Hasbro — an activity Jackson seemed to enjoy after Emanuel gave him toy pieces to build his own.
Ari Emanuel, Charlize Theron, Jackson Theron and Sean Penn at the GenerationOn block party.