Hollywood Comes Out To Support Face Forward LA

Written by Dana Jacoviello

Hollywood stars took a stand against domestic violence Saturday, September 23rd, 2017 to support the 8th annual Face Forward Gala presented by Ethiad Airways at the Taglyan Complex. For those who might not be familiar with Face Forward LA and what they do, they provide help and healing along with pro bono reconstructive surgery to victims of domestic violence, human trafficking, and other cruel acts of crime and violence. The organization was founded by Deobrah Alessi and Co-Founder Dr. David Alessi.

Bullies Keep Out had the pleasure of attending the 2017 Face Forward Annual gala to celebrate the courageousness and bravery of these victims and survivors that have been through heinous act of crime.

The theme this year was Arabian Nights filled with beautiful arrangements and scenery to enhance the entire experience and ambiance of the Arabian nights theme were treated to an outdoor cigar bar, hookah lounge, special cocktails, exquisite performances throughout the night, including an aerial performance on the red carpet, and exotic animals. We usually say, only in New York, but LA certainly gave us a run for their money with the a major highlight of the red carpet, the camel. Yes, I said camel!

Face Forward LA is an amazing charity that works and collaborates with other organizations and partners around the world to work with victims and acts of violence. They make a major impact in supporting and deliver the tools to their patients to heal and recover so they can in turn become thriving survivors. They go above and beyond the physical work in aiding victims of abuse.

Those that came out to support the fight to end domestic violence were A-list stars such as Robin Thicke, Kelly Osbourne, Once Upon A Time star Lana Parilla, Joe King (The Fray), host of the night Keltie Knight (Entertainment Tonight), Garcelle Beauvis (TV personality), Brett Dalton (Agents of Shield), Faye Resnick (“The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Lotte Verbeek (The Blacklist), Jimmy Akingbola (Arrow), ‘Sugar’ Shane Mosley, Mel B, Prety Uupala (Vampire Diaries), Christina DeRosa, and more.

The night included an extravagant auction, Robin Thicke dazzling the room with some of his hits such as ‘Blurred Lines” and “Lost Without You”, and honoring a group of influential honorees who have had a major impact on bettering the lives of others and creating change. Among the honorees were, Kelly Osbourne, Face Forward LA, honorary committee member, who received the Voice Award for her leadership, activism, and advocacy against acts of violence, Lana Parrilla, Face Forward Global Ambassador, was honored with the Beacon of Hope award for her ongoing support of the mission of Face Forward, using her celebrity platform to be a strong voice, advocate for change, and inspiring fans all around the world to give back to a plethora of incredible causes and organizations, the London Bridge survivor and hero, Roy Larner, for his heroic efforts that saved many lives during a hideous terrorism attack, and Andreas Christopheros, received an award in bringing to light the recent acid attacks in London.

The night was a smashing success with beautiful looks and styles, celebrating survivors, raising money and awareness, and recognizing well deserved honors. Please check out more about Face Forward and their mission here: website

We very much look forward to continuing to support Face Forward LA and the continued work that Face Forward provides to their patients. We will see you all again next year.

Check out the red carpet gallery and interviews with Host Keltie Knight and Global Ambassador Lana Parilla:


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