On February 9, 2020 at The Great Ceasar’s Banquet Hall, celebrated actress and philanthropist Demi Moore was honored with the Inspiration Award at the City Gala on the evening of the Academy Awards as part of The 5th Annual City Summit & Gala weekend of events featuring Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec and numerous billion-dollar brand founders, and a cast reunion of The ‘All New’ Mickey Mouse Club celebrating #MMC30 – the 30th Anniversary of the show’s premiere episode.
The City Gala held its 5th annual event to promote and support chosen organizations through our Global Unity program. We are thankful that Demi was willing to share her empowering experiences and give a voice to many subject matters that align with the values of our organization.
Co-founder of Thorn, a non-profit building technology to defend children from sexual abuse, exploitation and trafficking, Moore embodies the spirit of our mission to advance community through socially conscious entrepreneurship and philanthropic efforts.
Moore’s New York Times Best Selling memoir, “Inside Out”, was released last September and is an emotionally charged memoir about her career and personal life – laying bare her defining tumultuous relationship with her mother, her marriages, her struggles balancing stardom with motherhood, and her journey toward open-heartedness. “Inside Out” is a story of survival, success, and surrender – as well as resilience: a wrenchingly honest portrayal of one woman’s at once ordinary and iconic life.
Moore joined a cast of honorees at the 5th Annual City Gala:
Presenters included the co-founder of Priceline.com, Jeff Hoffman, and entrepreneur, Dr. Sabrina Kay. Richard Dreyfuss was honored for his commitment to civic duty with his Dreyfuss Initiative and presented the Legacy Award by Dr. James Dentley. Alec Stern, Co-Founder of Constant Contact, Noel Lee, Founder of Monster Inc., Mark Victor Hansen, Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul, and personal development legend Brian Tracy were all honored, as well.
The evening featured musical performances by former Mouse Club cast members Rhona Bennett (EnVogue), Tony Lucca (NBC’s The Voice), Jennifer McGill, Deedee Magno Hall (Steven Universe, member of The Party), Chasen Hampton (#MMC30 Executive Producer and member of The Party), and the world renown DJ Damon Pampolina, also of The Party.
After the dinner and honor ceremony, the Gala held a Celebrity Poker Tournament and Live Auction to raise additional funds for our Global Unity program and other start-up charities. Very special thanks to Johnny Depp who auctioned an experience with him to support our efforts.
After the Gala… THE PARTY featured DJ Damon Pampolina and DJ Award, and a fashion show produced by Parris Harris.
In the days leading up to the Gala, Shark Tank’s Robert Herjavec, Global Entrepreneur Jeff Hoffman, Richard Dreyfuss, Alec Stern (Co-Founder of Constant Contact), Noel Lee (Founder of Monster Inc.), Mark Victor Hansen (Co-Author of Chicken Soup for the Soul), and personal development legend Brian Tracy were all featured speakers at City Summit – a world-class socially conscious business acceleration experience.
Additionally, former Mouseketeers were featured at City Summit with speaker spotlights and a special panel discussing socially conscious business and philanthropic efforts. EnVogue’s Rhona Bennett and vocalist Jennifer McGill also hosted SOUL SUNDAY with Tony Lucca, Mylin Brooks Stoddard, Jason ‘Blain’ Carson, and Jason Minor. Additional Mouseketeers in attendance included Hallmark Channel’s Nikki DeLoach, Deedee Magno Hall, Chasen Hampton, and Damon Pampolina.
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