Brent Shapiro Foundation Fundraiser Event
High atop Beverly Hills on a gorgeous 20 acre estate, one thousand guests showed up last Saturday night to the Brent Shapiro Foundation event to help raise awareness against drug and alcohol abuse. Robert Shapiro (of O.J. fame) and his beautiful wife Linell lost their first-born son, Brent, to an overdose eight years ago.
Since then, their annual fundraiser event brings in hundreds of supporters and Hollywood’s elite. The evening started with a steady stream of stars including Paula Abdul, Sugar Ray Leonard, Larry King, The Housewives of Beverly Hills and Orange County donning the red carpet, with a sit down dinner after.
G Haute Couture and 20 gorgeous models graced the 120-foot runway as a show opener in flowing chiffon and sparkling sequined gowns, followed by Robert and Linell remembering their son, the reason for the event, and introducing award recipients. In a very touching moment, The Brent Shapiro Foundation awarded two college scholarships to Jalene Velez and Luis Jacinto, both of whom are ex-drug and alcohol abusers. They were both radiant with future promise as they thanked Mr. and Mrs. Shapiro and the Foundation, both bright, shining clean examples of a battle won.
Harry Hamlin’s recount of not only his very long and dark struggle with addiction, but that of his Grandfather’s and Father’s was very poignant. They both died from alcohol abuse. Harry himself has been clean for the last six years, garnering him The Spirit of Recovery award. As he thanked the Foundation his beautiful wife Lisa Renna, he asked us to pray for his son, who is now dealing with his own drug and alcohol related demons.
The Spirit of Support was given to Ted Danson who also told his story along with Pat O’Brian, emcee for the evening, both having their own stories of the difficulties of this terrible disease.
For more information visit: BrentShapiroFoundation.org
Written by: Clarissa Burt