Tyler Perry, Ms. Janie Bradford, Dr. Jerome R. Porath and Laura Hunter, J.D. will be recognized at the upcoming “Shall We Dance” gala hosted by the Coalition for At-Risk Youth (CARRY) for the impact they have made working with CARRY in helping foster youth suffering from skin disorders.
The annual event will be held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Saturday May 11 and will include an intimate evening with Motown. Grammy Award winner Thelma Houston, legendary singer and songwriter Brenda Russell, Fernando Harkless, and Adam “Aejay’e” Jackson’s Full Spectrum Band will entertain the crowd during the dinner. Celebrities confirmed to attend include: Angela Basset, Finola Hughes, Lisa Vanderpump, Kimberly Elise, Kali Hawk, Jennifer Gimenez, Peta Murgatroyd.
Founded by dermatologist Dr. Pearl E. Grimes in 2005, CARRY offers free dermatological care and support to those who need it most–foster and at-risk youth. The non-profit’s team of motivated leaders in the Los Angeles area includes medical professionals, corporate leaders, attorneys, educators, social service advocates and members of the entertainment community. CARRY provides a wide range of services, including pro-bono dermatological and medical treatment, self-empowerment, and social skills programs for at-risk and foster youth in the greater Los Angeles area.
Thanks to the dedication of Dr. Grimes and the CARRY staff along with generous contributions of the community, the organization is able to help an estimated 500 youth in the Los Angeles area year after year.
“Skin disorders for youth during the formative years are as devastating as any systemic disease or illness. When we clear their skin, we build profound self esteem,” said Dr. Grimes.
At this year’s gala, Dr. Grimes and CARRY will honor those who have given so much of themselves to at-risk youth. Tyler Perry, an at-risk youth himself from New Orleans, is now a household name and a renowned Hollywood A-lister. Honoree Janie Bradford is a prolific Motown songwriter and founder of HEROES & LEGENDS, a non-profit organization providing performing arts scholarships to at-risk youth. Dr. Jerome R. Porath, President and CEO of Value Schools has worked in education for more 40 years. He has overseen two-hundred fifty Catholic schools in Los Angeles—more than 25% of which were in the poorest neighborhoods. Laura Hunter, General Counsel for Obagi Medical Products, Inc, remains a staunch advocate and supporter of CARRY, dedicating her time and financial resources to advance the CARRY mission.
For tickets or more information on the “Shall We Dance” Coalition At-Risk Youth Gala, please visit www.foratriskyouth.org.