Dana Walden, Gary Newman Honored at Alliance for Children’s Rights Dinner

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The event raised $1.56 million.

The 24th annual Alliance for Children’s Rights Dinner, held at Beverly Hilton’s International Ballroom on Thursday night, was packed with guests including Seth MacFarlane, Betsy Brandt, Melissa Fumero and Julie Bowen.

John Stamos, the evening’s host, joked: “Tonight’s a good opportunity to kiss my bosses' asses.”

Family Guy creator Seth MacFarlane presented an honor to Fox TV group chairmen and CEOs Dana Walden and Gary Newman.

“I was surprised when I heard Gary and Dana were being honored, because they said they had no money when I negotiated my last contract,” quipped MacFarlane.

Some of Alliance’s youth also shared their personal stories throughout the evening and expressed their gratitude toward the organization, which provides an avenue for children in the foster care system to find safe and stable homes, health care and education.

Newman shared: “I’ve had so many colleagues and friends honored by the Alliance over the years and at every dinner, I leave thinking this is an unbelievably important organization, and so I’m just thrilled to be honored by them.”

“It feels great," Walden said. "I really feel like tonight is about the Alliance. Less about Gary and me, the work that they do is so incredible, we’re just happy to do something to shine a light and to help they raise a lot of money to support these amazing efforts.”

During the evening, Ne-Yo performed singles “So Sick” and “Give Me Everything." 

The event, which raised $1.56 million, also honored Richard Martinez, superintendent of Pomona Unified School District, with the Francis M. Wheat Community Service Award.