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Jimmy Kimmel to Host Center’s Anniv Gala Vanguard Awards

Jimmy Kimmel has twice hosted the Emmys and earlier this year he hosted one of the most memorable Oscars telecasts in history.

So what is Kimmel doing for an encore?

The popular late night personality is hosting the Los Angeles LGBT Center’s 48th Anniversary Gala Vanguard Awards on September 23 at The Beverly Hilton Hotel.  As previously announced, the event will honor Ariel Emanuel, Co-CEO of WME | IMG and Valerie Jarrett, former senior advisor for the Obama Administration.

In addition to announcing Kimmel as the host, the Center announced today that writer and producer Shonda Rhimes will present Jarrett with the Rand Schrader Distinguished Achievement Award while artist Mark Bradford will do the honors for Emanuel, presenting him the Vanguard Award.

Rhimes’ production company Shondaland is behind such hit shows as Grey's Anatomy, Scandal, and How to Get Away with Murder.  Bradford is known for his mixed media abstracts that combine collage with paint and in 2014 was presented with the US Department of State’s Medal of Arts.

Jarrett describes herself as “incredibly honored” to be recognized by the Center.

“At a time when so much is at stake we must remember that our nation’s history is built on its citizens’ resilience and willingness to continue the fight,” she says. “The Center remains an unstoppable force in the fight for full equality for members of the LGBT community."

Emanuel says he does not take the Center’s honor lightly.

“While this community has come a long way in a short time, there are still big obstacles to full equality—both here and across the country,” Emanuel says. “I'm a proud supporter of this essential work, and I view this award as an obligation to use my role to fight for a better future for all."

Comic Jermaine Fowler, star of the CBS comedy Superior Donuts, will perform and MSNBC host Lawrence O’Donnell will also make a special appearance.

No organization in the world serves more LGBT people, or offers a wider range of LGBT-specific services, than the Center. Just last year the organization welcomed more than half a million visits from youth and adults who represent the full diversity of the LGBT community; people of all races, religions, gender identities, sexual orientations, and ages.

This year’s Gala comes at a critical time for the Center, a time when federal funding for many of its services, particularly those that serve the most vulnerable in our community, are threatened.

At press time only a few tickets to the Gala are still available, but attendance is not required to participate in the incredible online silent auction or to purchase a raffle ticket to win a luxurious 8-day, 7 night European river cruise that departs from Paris, Amsterdam, Prague and Budapest and other cities. Visit lalgbtcenter.org/gala for tickets and information on the auction and raffle.

The event is brought to you by American Airlines and the Presenting Sponsor is The Beverly Hilton. Diamond Sponsors are Audi and Wells Fargo and Platinum Sponsors are Ariel Emanuel, HBO and WME | IMG.

Gold Sponsors are 21st Century Fox, 3 Arts Entertainment, Amazon Studios, Anita May Rosenstein Foundation, AT&T, Barry McCabe, Belmont Village Senior Living, CBS, Citi Private Bank, Comcast NBCUniversal, Curt Shepard and Alan Hergott, FremantleMedia North America, Gilead, Hollywood Forever Cemetery, Hulu, June Street Architecture, LabCorp, LBI Entertainment, Media Rights Capital Studio, MGM Studios, Netflix, Pacific Federal and Paramount Pictures.

Additional Gold Sponsors are Pauley Perrette, Perkins Coie LLP, Reed Smith LLP, Showtime Networks Inc., Sony Pictures Entertainment, Starz Entertainment, TNT & TBS, U.S. Bank, Viacom, and Warner Brothers.

Silver Sponsors are Beckson Design Associates, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher LLP, JPMorgan Chase & Co, OUT@WB, and Ralph’s. The Official Vodka Sponsor is Tito’s Handmade Vodka and Media Sponsors are Lesbian News, Pride.com, The Advocate, The Los Angeles Blade and Variety.

Published September 14, 2017

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