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Award Winning Actor Jeremy Piven Will Host Face Forward's "la Dolce Vita" Themed Gala
Face Forward celebrates their 10-year anniversary helping survivors of domestic violence and human trafficking with a star studded gala Sept. 22nd.
By: Face Forward
Founder of Face Forward and domestic violence survivor, Deborah Alessi along with her Co-founder and husband, Dr. David Alessi M.D., Beverly Hills renowned facial reconstructive surgeon, have provided millions of dollars in donating surgical and counseling services to nearly 80 patients from 10 different countries around the globe, some requiring up to ten or more surgeries each, over multiple years of treatment.
Face Forward hopes to raise over a million dollars in 2018 to support even more survivors from around the world.
"About eighty percent of our patient funding each year comes from our gala, so celebrating our tenth anniversary means we have to make it extra special to help raise the most money for surgeries that we ever have," said Deborah Alessi, Face Forward CEO/Founder, "this year in particular we have even more international survivors from places like Kenya, Sudan, Honduras, India and the UK, that will be coming for treatment and every dollar raised helps us change lives…one survivor at a time."
The evening will bring a taste of Rome's "sweet life" to Beverly Hills. Guests will get to enjoy many surprises, exciting performances, world class food, and a live and silent auction. Returning sponsors include: Etihad Airways, Niyama Private Islands Maldives, Alessi Institute, Crystal Cruises, Micato Safaris, and Roberto Cavalli. Face Forward is also excited to announce new sponsors Ardor Designs and Adva-Net. The nights' performers and other celebrity guests will be announced shortly.
About Face Forward
Since its creation in 2007, Face Forward has worked with community leaders around the world to identify victims of violence who are working toward recovery, yet carry the burdening physical evidence of past abuse. Face Forward does more than just provide pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children who have suffered traumatic and severe physical abuse, they also create a welcoming and safe environment for these survivors to start a fresh new life, and reclaim their confidence. The organization co-founders Mrs. Deborah and Dr. David Alessi both donate their time and skills 100% to the organization to provide Face Forward patients with the necessary surgeries and counseling services. Face Forward is a 501(c)(3) non-profit organization and funds raised by the organization help with ancillary costs, travel expenses for patients including airfare, accommodations, transportation, nursing aftercare and more. For more information go to https://www.faceforward.la
About Jeremy Piven
Jeremy Piven was most recently seen as a series regular in the CBS television series WISDOM OF THE CROWD. He was also recently seen as Harry Gordon Selfridge in the popular PBS series MR. SELFRIDGE. Among his many notable roles, Piven is best known as movie agent "Ari Gold" in the hit HBO series ENTOURAGE, which aired for eight seasons and won Piven three Emmy Awards and a Golden Globe. In 2015, Piven reprised the fan-favorite role in the ENTOURAGE feature film released by Warner Bros. He was also seen in SIN CITY: A DAME TO KILL FOR from directors Frank Miller and Robert Rodriguez. Jeremy's extensive career in television also includes the satirical THE LARRY SANDERS SHOW. In film, he starred in Mark Pellington's drama I MELT WITH YOU, Gaby Dellal's heart-wrenching ANGELS CREST, Gary Fleder's RUNAWAY JURY, Todd Phillips' hit comedy OLD SCHOOL, Ridley Scott's BLACK HAWK DOWN, Peter Chelsom's SERENDIPITY, Brett Ratner's THE FAMILY MAN, Peter Berg's VERY BAD THINGS and THE KINGDOM, Cameron Crowe's SINGLES, Joe Carnahan's SMOKIN ACES, Guy Ritchie's ROCKNROLLA, and THE PLAYER for director Robert Altman. In 2005, Piven returned to his theater roots starring in the off-Broadway hit FAT PIG by Neil LaBute, for which he received a Distinguished Performance Honor from the Drama League.
About Christopher Bollenbach
Christopher Bollenbach is the CEO of Bottega Louie Restaurant, Gourmet Market and Patisserie in Downtown Los Angeles. He has been a member of the board, and an investor in the celebrated restaurant since its founding by his brother, Keat, in 2007. In addition to his work at Face Forward, Bollenbach has worked with a variety philanthropic endeavors including Children's Hospital of Los Angeles and Autism Speaks. Bollenbach dedicates his time to developing the next generation of leaders by working with at-risk high school students at the Academy of Business Leadership. He also served as a chairman for the Bollenbach Family Scholarship Fund - founded by his parents - which during his tenure sent over 60 students to college who otherwise could not afford it.
About Jay McGraw
Jay McGraw is a writer, TV executive producer and son of TV doctorPhil McGraw (https://en.wikipedia.org/