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April 24, 2012

The Children Mending Hearts 4th Annual Spring Benefit presented by Leisure Society, Microsoft, Crave Milk, Lexus, Soda Stream, Layer Cake Wines, Zico, smartwater® and Fatburger was a star-studded event! Host and actor Adam Pally alongside Children Mending Hearts president Lysa Heslov presented this year’s Honoree Awards to Bethany Hamilton (Soul Surger) and Carson Meyer (Teen Board Advisor) who are making a difference. Past Honorees include Maria Bello, Anderson Cooper, Eve Ensler, Bill Gates, Sr. and Luc Robitaille.

In the theme of surf and sun, the event celebrated family, fun, art and citizenship. Designed for the entire family, the event was complete with art activities, musical guests, fun interactive surfing and skating demos and games for everyone with music by DJ Connor Cruise and a musical performance by Trevor Jackson. 100% of Paul Frank and Leisure Society eyewear sales benefited Children Mending Hearts, which provides global arts and education to Los Angeles’ underserved youth.

Leisure Society display at Children Mending Hearts 4th Annual Banquet (bottom left sunglasses are “Pfeiffer“)

Leisure Society friend and founder of Children Mending Hearts, Lysa Heslov, with her husband, producer Grant Heslov

Our DJ for the afternoon, Connor Cruise

Each picnic table purchased for the afternoon donated more than $10,000 to Children Mending Hearts

Actress Rachel G. Fox , Actor-Director Ben Affleck, and actress Jennifer Vea

Children Mending Hearts (CMH), founded by Lysa Heslov in 2008, is dedicated to empowering disadvantaged youth through educational and arts programs that build empathy and global citizenry. Through after school classes and arts exchange workshops, CMH actively engages US youth in global children’s causes where they can positively impact the life of another child. To date, CMH has served nearly 10,000 children due in large part to the generous support of the entertainment community, a circle in which Lysa and her husband Grant, CMH board member, are well known. Grant is a three time Academy Award nominated producer and writer (Good Night and Good Luck, The Ides of March) as well as George Clooney’s producing partner in Smokehouse Pictures.

Host Committee members include: Joanna Adler, Jules Asner and Steven Soderbergh, Courtney and Rick Ax, Corbin Bleu, Erica Bloom, Ian Bohen, Chris Brochu, Doug Brochu, Nichol Carlson, Dr. Lisa and Mr. Gregory Cassileth, Liza Chasin and Matthew Velkes, Tate Donovan, Illeana Douglas, Susan and Robert Downey,  Ellen and Dave Edington, Suzy Shuster Eisen and Rich Eisen, Sara Ell, Carlota Espinosa (Co-Chair), Rachel Fox, Jennifer Garner and Ben Affleck, Christos Garkinos, Willie Garson, Emma Gordon, Adi and Jerry Greenberg, Maggie Harrington, Patricia Heaton and David Hunt, Emma Hertz, Helena Heslov, Lynne and Michael Heslov, Lysa Heslov (Founder) and Grant Heslov, Maya Heslov, Olivia Heslov, Sophia Heslov, Adam Hicks, Lynn Hirshfield, Joanne Horowitz, Natalie and David Hudgins, Jade Iovine, Matt Johnson, Dylan Kendall, Richard Kind, Nathan Kress, Livia Lange, Bailee Madison, Jennifer and Tobey Maguire, Nicole and Robert Maloney, Erin Martin, Eva Amurri Martino and Kyle Martino, Jack McGee, Kelly and Ron Meyer, Sarah and Aaron Michaelson, Heather and Steve Mnuchin, Stephen Nemeth, Lorraine Nicholson, Ryan Nord, Abby O’Neill, Ellie O’Neill, Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete, Sandi and Pete Pepe, Leandra Ramlo, Gabrielle Reece and Laird Hamilton, Leslie and Doug Robinson, Holland Roden, Loree Rodkin, Bea Rosenblatt, Maddy Rotman, Keri Selig (Co-Chair) and Keith Addis, Gregg Sulkin, Raven-Symoné, Steve Tisch, Marisa Tomei, Sam Trammell, Joyce and John Varvatos, Jennifer Veal, Sonya Walger and Davey Holmes, Kate Walsh, Laura Wasser, Hannah Williams, Sofia Williams, Lindsey Wirht, Terry Wood and Renee Zellweger.

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