Starlight Children's Foundation Honors RJ Mitte, Koz Family, Ido Leffler, CBS EcoMedia at Awards Ceremony
October 27, 2014 at 12:57 PM (PT)
STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION, a leading global charity that partners with experts to improve the life and health of kids and families around the world, presented awards to RJ MITTE, the KOZ family, IDO LEFFLER and CBS ECOMEDIA at the 2014 STARLIGHT AWARDS. More than 400 people attended the gala event at the historic VIBIANA in downtown L.A.. The gala benefit celebrated philanthropists, innovators and leaders who play an important role supporting STARLIGHT’s mission.
"Breaking Bad" star RJ MITTE received the charity’s inaugural STARBRIGHT WORLD INSPIRATION AWARD; the KOZ family, including GRAMMY-nominated saxophonist and radio host DAVE KOZ, were honored with the FOUNDER AWARD; social entrepreneur IDO LEFFLER (co-founder of YES TO INC.., and co-founder and CEO of YOOBI) was presented with the INNOVATOR AWARD; and CBS ECOMEDIA was the 2014 recipient of the GENERAL H. NORMAN SCHWARZKOPF LEADERSHIP AWARD.
During his acceptance speech, LEFFLER announced a partnership with STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION through its STARLIGHT WISH LIST platform, the world’s first online giving marketplace created by STARLIGHT last year. Beginning this NOVEMBER, for each product purchased on YOOBI.COM, YOOBI will donate an additional item to STARLIGHT CHILDREN'S FOUNDATION. Through this partnership, YOOBI’s bright and colorful supplies will be distributed to school programs within children’s hospitals nationwide, affecting more than 30,000 kids in the new year.
Accepting his award, MITTE thanked STARLIGHT, saying, “I am truly moved to be recognized for something I enjoy doing so much and something that gives back to me ten-fold.”
The 2014 STARLIGHT AWARDS concluded with a surprise announcement by DAVE KOZ, JEFF KOZ and ROBERTA KOZ WILSON, who presented STARLIGHT with a check totaling $117,000. The funds were raised through a silent auction aboard the second annual DAVE KOZ + FRIENDS at SEA ALASKAN cruise this past SEPTEMBER and the sales of KOZ WINES and AUDREY'S COOKIES/COOKIES FOR KOZ.
Sponsored by SPAGHETTINI and the DAVE KOZ LOUNGE, the STARLIGHT AWARDS is a signature fundraising event garnering an array of celebrity supporters, philanthropists and business leaders who share a common goal of raising funds to support family-centered STARLIGHT programs and services.