Liberty Hill Foundation’s annual Upton Sinclair Dinner celebrates and honors community leaders who are working on the frontlines of change for a more equitable city for all Angelenos. This year’s recipient of the namesake Upton Sinclair Award is the executive producer of high grossing comedies, The Hangover series, and juvenile justice reform champion Scott Budnick. Vice President of Local Public Affairs for Southern California Edison Veronica Gutierrez will receive the Founder’s Award and respected independent film producers Albert Berger & Ron Yerxa will receive the Creative Vision Award. Another award at this year’s dinner has just been announced: the Diversity in Philanthropy Award will be given to Kafi Blumenfield, who stepped down as President/CEO of Liberty Hill late last year.
The 2014 fundraising gala takes place on April 22 at the Beverly Hilton. Liberty Hill brings together community organizers, donor activists and allies advancing social justice, and expects more than 700 supporters to join in celebration of their 2014 honorees. All proceeds will support Liberty Hill’s mission of change, not charity. The event will feature a performance of the classic songs “See How We Are” and “Never Enough” by John Doe, a musician revered in Los Angeles for his work as a founder of the bands X and The Knitters and whose commitment to social justice has been integrally weaved into his songs for decades. Continue reading