2016 – Wednesday
night, April 20th, celebrities,
philanthropists, and supporters alike gathered for the 5th Annual
Norma Jean Gala for a glamorous evening to raise money
for Hollygrove Los Angeles at the Taglyan Complex in
The Norma Jean Gala is
named in tribute to Hollygrove’s most famous former
resident, Marilyn Monroe. Today, Hollygrove is
recognized in Hollywood for its contribution to Marilyn
Monroe’s life and they continue to celebrate her legacy
on the belief that every child is a rising star.
Celebrity attendees of
the event included Colin Hanks (Life in Pieces), Busy
Philipps (Cougar Town), Tom Arnold (True Lies), Ian
Ziering (Beverly Hills, 90210), Scheana Marie (Vanderpump
Rules), Stassi Schroeder (Vanderpump Rules), Peter
Weller (Robocop), Janie Bryant (Costume Designer), Jimmy
Jean-Louis (Joy), Samantha Mumba (Musician), Julie
McNiven (Mad Men), Kristina Klebe (Actress), Nick Jandl
(Nashville), Ali Hillis (Mass Effect Trilogy), and
Natasha Halevi (B.C. Butcher).
The evening commenced
with a cocktail reception featuring children’s art from
the Endless Summer program to showcase how Every
Child Is A Rising Star at
In the main hall, the
silent auction began featuring over 200 incredible items
for guests to bid on to help raise proceeds for
Hollygrove, whose parent company is EMQ FamiliesFirst.
Throughout the dinner
program guests enjoyed a delicious meal as they listened
to thought-provoking and touching speeches from
impassioned supporters of the nonprofit organization.
Samantha & Colin Hanks and Dr. Peter & Sheri Weller were
honored with the Ambassador of the Year Awards, while
Associate Director of Hollygrove, Mary Brougher,
received the Lifetime Achievement Award.
In addition to the
silent auction, a live auction and ‘Fund a Cause’ took
place, raising even more funds to benefit Hollygrove.
The Gala has raised $270,000 and counting!
About Hollygrove & EMQ
Hollygrove is the Los
Angeles division of EMQ FamiliesFirst, one of
California’s largest, most comprehensive mental and
behavioral health providers, serving children and
families in over 30 countries. Statewide, the agency
serves more than 20,000 Children and their families
members each year.
programs are proven to be more effective than the
national average in helping children and adolescents
overcome complex behavioral health problems and recover
from trauma. For youth that exit our programs, over 90%
are living in the community, staying in school, and
remaining out of trouble.