Beyond Hunger: A Place at the Table, LA


When: September 18, 2015 @ 6:30PM

Hot Spot: Montage Beverly Hills, Los Angeles, CA

Deets: Heifer International's Beyond Hunger Gala seeks to support and empower marginalized women and honor those who work to raise awareness of the world’s poor and hungry. 

The keynote speaker was U.S. Global AIDS Coordinator and U.S. Special Representative for Global Health Diplomacy, Ambassador Deborah L. Birx. The First Lady of Rwanda, Mrs. Jeannette Kagame, also attended as a distinguished guest and speaker. 

This year the Noble Globe honorees included Chris Gero. Widely regarded as a world-class image-maker, Gero is a Grammy-nominated record producer, concert producer, film director, and the founder and Vice President of Yamaha Entertainment Group of America. He is responsible for the management and branding of Yamaha’s star-studded roster and oversees many of Yamaha’s most successful collaborations, including Elton John, Alicia Keys, Paul McCartney, Norah Jones, Josh Groban, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, and many more.

Patrick Rothfuss was also honored. He is the author of The Kingkiller Chronicle and creator of Worldbuilders, an organization dedicated to using the collective power of readers and fellow authors to make the world a better place. Worldbuilders has raised more than $3.5 million for Heifer International. 

Tai Lopez, investor, entrepreneur, author and prominent member of the Los Angeles community, was also honored for his generosity to Heifer and deep commitment to making the world a better place. Lopez possesses an inherent desire to help others in any way he can. With more than 1.4 million members in his network worldwide, his influence helps others to achieve their dreams.

Those in attendance enjoyed the evening’s menu created by celebrity chef and co-host, Cat Cora. Other event co-hosts included Kirsten and Jon Heder, Diane Lane, Nikki Reed and Ian Somerhalder, Holiday Reinhorn and Rainn Wilson, Susan Sarandon, Mary Steenburgen and Ted Danson. 

This year’s dinner committee was comprised of an outstanding list of prominent entertainment figures, including: Ed Asner, Mehcad Brooks, Janie Bryant, Danielle Campbell, Ben Cohen, Mindy Cohn, David Cross, Carson Daly, Robert Floe, Johnny Hanson, Patricia Heaton and David Hunt, Nina Jacobson, Allison Janney, Mallory Lewis and Lamb Chop, Amy Madigan and Ed Harris, Dana Mathews, Ryan Newman, Bonnie Raitt, Millie and Steve Smith, Octavia Spencer, Ashley Stone, Lucy Schwartz, Arlene Falk Withers, Christi Wohl and Josh Zukerman. 

Event sponsors includes Yamaha Entertainment Group of America, Variety, DAW Books, Inc., Craver Mathews, Smith & Co., Product Solutions Inc., and Lake Group Media. 

Since 1944, Heifer International has assisted more than 22.6 million families by providing training in eco-friendly agriculture and how to properly care for their livestock and living assets, to improve not only their lives, but their communities as well. In turn, Heifer families agree to “Pass on the Gift®” by presenting the first female offspring of their gifted livestock–and the training in its care–to another family in the community. This not only multiplies the impact of the original gift, it allows a once impoverished family to become donors and full participants in their community’s sustainable development.

Spotted: Tai Lopez, Patrick Rothfuss, Chris Gero, Madame Jeannette Kagame, Deborah Birx, M.D., Pierre Ferrari, Jon Heder, Michael McDonald, Uzo Aduba, Danielle Campbell, Cat Cora, Charlie Day, Isabelle Fuhrman, Mallory Lewis, Ryan Newman, Nikki Reed, Amy Smart, Ian Somerhalder, Rainn Wilson, Josh Zuckerman

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Get Involved: Heifer International’s mission is to end hunger and poverty while caring for the Earth. For more than 70 years, Heifer International has provided livestock and environmentally sound agricultural training to improve the lives of those who struggle daily for reliable sources of food and income. Heifer is currently working in more than 30 countries, including the United States, to help families and communities become more self-reliant. For more information, visit, read their blog, follow them on Facebook or Twitter, or call 1-888-5HUNGER (888-548-6437).

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