Los Angeles, CA (September 21, 2019) – The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention celebrated its highly anticipated Summer Spectacular on Saturday, September 21st. The invitation-only gala marked the 14th year of the foundation. The foundation and its signature Brent’s Club program seek to build strong educational and social communities in some of L.A.’s most socioeconomically challenged neighborhoods to offer positive alternatives to drug use.
Held at the iconic Beverly Hilton Hotel, the evening was hosted by Eva Longoria and featured musical performances by Sheila E. & Pia Toscano.
The foundation bestowed the Spirit of Sobriety Award upon Will Arnett, who has been very candid both personally and through his work on Flaked, about his sobriety. Past recipients of the award include Joe Manganiello, Rob Lowe, Jack Osbourne, Harry Hamlin, Sugar Ray Leonard, Christopher Lawford Kennedy, and Patrick J. Kennedy.
Prominent entertainment industry leaders and celebrities gathered to recognize advances in the fight against addiction and rally around the growing movement to end the disease. Notable attendees included: Adrienne Maloof, Alex Meneses, Anne Winters, Ashley Wahler, Blanca Blanco, Evan Ross, Harry Hamlin, Jason Wahler, Jo Champa, Joe Cortese, John Savage, Joy Corrigan, Kathy Hilton, Katherine Kelly Lang, Lu Parker, Maksim Chmerkovskiy, Mike Binder, Nicole Scherzinger, Peta Murgatroyd, Priscilla Presley, Rick Hilton, Sugar Ray Leonard and Vaja.
During Saturday’s Summer Spectacular foundation creators Robert and Linell Shapiro presented three full ride college scholarships and ten $5000 college scholarships to members of Brent’s Club, its educational drug prevention program, for successfully completing high school without failing a drug test.
The gala raised money for the heart and soul of the foundation, Brent’s Club which was created as a drug prevention program working in conjunction with The Boys & Girls Club of America. Brent’s Club programs educate pre-teens and teens about the consequences of drug use and works to prevent the formation of dangerous habits, actively showing children how to lead drug-free lives. Members participate in regular drug testing and as a free, rewards-based program, it sponsors community outings and once-in-a-lifetime activities, from NBA star basketball camps to celebrity meet-and-greets.
Ultimately, a number of sober graduates are rewarded with college scholarships funded by the foundation. Brent’s Club currently serves over 5,213 children through programs in 16 locations in Boyle Heights (sponsored by the L.A. Dodgers), Monterey Park, Malibu, Long Beach, the Bronx (sponsored by the New York Giants) and Chicago (sponsored by the Chicago White Sox and Chicago Bulls). Brent’s Club just launched their newest location at the Learning Lab Ventures in North East LA (sponsored by the Detroit Pistons) and will have three more locations opening before the end of the year.
About The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention
Robert and Linelle Shapiro created the Brent Shapiro Foundation and Brent’s Club following their son Brent’s death to honor his life and promote prevention and awareness of chemical dependence. The foundation’s mission is to save lives through awareness and effective programs that incentivize kids to abstain from drugs and alcohol. For more information on the foundation, visit www.brentshapiro.org.