Covenant House California's ninth annual Awards Gala will be held Friday, May 9 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This year's honorees include musician and author Nikki Sixx (MTLEY CRE). The gala will feature a live and silent auction and entertainment by John Cassese, Los Angeles' renowned Dance Doctor.
"Our organization is so fortunate to have such extraordinary and dedicated supporters," said George Lozano, Covenant House California's Executive Director. "We are extremely grateful for their providing this opportunity to showcase CHC's work and life-changing programs for at-risk youth in our communities."
Since 1988, Covenant House California (CHC) has opened its doors to more than 150,000 homeless youth. Their mission is to "protect and safeguard all children of the street" with "absolute respect and unconditional love." Through comprehensive services of street outreach, residential programs and supportive services, Covenant House California helps youth escape life on the dangerous streets, resolve their crisis situations and develop goals and skills that ultimately lead toward self-sufficiency and independent living. CHC is not a government program. Over 80% of their funding is provided by private individuals who share in their mission to save these young people from the streets.
Although Sixx is known primarily as the bassist and founding member of MTLEY CRE, he also formed the successful rock band SIXX: A.M. with James Michael and DJ Ashba to create the groundbreaking soundtrack to his recent book "The Heroin Diaries", New York Times best-seller, of which a portion of proceeds go to Sixx's charity Running Wild in The Night, a creative arts program for Covenant House California at their youth shelters in Los Angeles and Oakland.
Nikki Sixx's accomplishments span a 25-year career and his longevity is a testament to his drive, determination and perseverance in a life that did not begin with the most ideal of circumstances. Sixx was homeless by age 16 and turned to a life of vandalism, thievery and drugs before moving to Los Angeles at age 17 to pursue his dream of rock and roll stardom. Today, Sixx is a musician, songwriter, producer, clothing designer, president of Eleven Seven Music, philanthropist and father to four kids. He has demonstrated a capacity to overcome tremendous obstacles with grace and humility.
Previous Covenant House California Awards Gala honorees and participants include Charlize Theron, Ray Charles, William Shatner, Andy Garcia, Smokey Robinson, Sharon Osbourne, Dean and Shannon Factor, Brittany Murphy, Robert Wuhl, Keyshawn Johnson, Valerie Van Galder, Todd Black, Jason Blumenthal, Bill Simon, Dick Marconi, Jeff Lloyd and Lawrence Bond.
Individual ticket price is $500 and packages begin at $5,000. Those interested in attending the gala or supporting CHC's fundraising efforts, may phone Diana Graham at (323) 461-3131, ext 253 or click here here.