Cris Abrego Honored by Saban Community Clinic
More than 300 Hollywood execs and stars came together for the Let's Get Real benefit held at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica to support the clinic.
The second annual Let’s Get Real benefit for the Saban Community Clinic united 300 power players from Hollywood’s reality TV industry on Tuesday on the beach outside of the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica.
The star of the event was Endemol Shine CEO and reality TV producer Chris Abrego, feted as the night's honoree for his contributions to the organization that has been serving low-income and uninsured men, women and children in the Los Angeles area for the past 50 years.
“It’s very relevant to me, personally, because I grew up in a city not far from here — in El Monte — and the community clinic was something that my parents used.” Abrego told The Hollywood Reporter. "It provides a safety net for people who are trying to start new lives. Health care in this country is uncertain — and not making it political, but it’s more important than ever to support an organization like this.”
And what better support than the ever-popular world of reality television. “I think it’s mature enough now to be a big, activist force,” said Abrego. “We’re more organized than 15, 20 years ago when it became a staple of the entertainment business.”
“He’s a great person to honor because he came from nothing and became something and he’s giving back — utilizing his relationships and friends to come celebrate and to bring awareness and money to the clinic," Richard Weitz, WME partner and president of Saban's fundraising board, said of Abrego. "That’s what we’re all about.”
Following his speech, Abrego made a generous donation on the spot, bringing the evening's total raised to over $200,000.