A Place Called Home is a dynamic, non-profit youth center located in South Central Los Angeles. APCH provides educational programs, counseling, mentoring, music, dance and art classes. APCH strives to help youth achieve a better sense of themselves and the world around them, their goal is to increase the likelihood that they will stay in school and go on to higher education and viable jobs.
On Wednesday, December 5th APCH’s 2012 Gala For The Children will honor Nick Cannon and Robert Israel. The event will be held at The Beverly Wilshire (9500 Wilshire Boulevard Beverly Hills, California 90212).
Children’s Inspiration Award:
Nick Cannon is a man of many talents. Cited by People Magazine as one of the “Top ten most successful young people in Hollywood” and featured on the cover of Black Enterprises’ 40 Under 40, at 31 years old Nick Cannon is a successful film star, comedian, musician, writer and executive producer. You may know him as the host on “America’s Got Talent,” NBC’s top rated summer reality competition series.
Cannon began performing at the age of eight when his grandfather left him several instruments as a gift. Through what Cannon recalls as “a lot of trial and failure” he recorded his first song at home on a boom box. Cannon headed for Hollywood at the age of 15 and landed gigs at world-renowned comedy venues including The Improv, The Laugh Factory and the Comedy Store, ultimately sharing the stage with the likes of Chris Tucker, Dave Chappelle and Chris Rock. His first television gig was as an audience warm-up act for the Nickelodeon hit show “All That.” Producers quickly recognized Cannon’s calling was in front of the camera and he became a regular on the show as well as the youngest staff writer in television history at the age of 17. That led to “The Nick Cannon Show” where he starred, directed and executive produced, earning him his first Kids Choice Award.
Cannon has released his own self-titled album, and has collaborated with a host of other musicians, such as Kanye West, The Neptunes, Diddy, Mary J. Blige, Will Smith, R. Kelly and E-40 on soundtracks and other projects. He made an appearance alongside Will Smith in “Men in Black II” before landing a leading role in the classic feature film “Drumline.” Cannon was featured in the Emilio Estevez film “Bobby,” where his performance earned him a 2007 SAG nomination for Outstanding Performance, in addition to becoming the first African American Actor in history to be honored at the Cannes Film Festival as “Breakthrough Actor of the Year.”
In addition to overseeing many film and TV projects currently in development through NCredible Entertainment, Cannon serves as the CEO of teen magazine Celebrity High and Chairman of TeenNick, Nickelodeon’s network aimed at the teen audience. He also hosts his own nationally syndicated Top 40 weekend countdown radio show, “Cannon’s Countdown.”
Nick has a special place in his heart for the young people at A Place Called Home, and he has been a supporter for several years. We proudly count Nick as a member of the family and we are honored to acknowledge his Ncredible story and success as a talent, a businessman and a human being. Congratulations, Nick Cannon, on receiving the 2012 Children’s Inspiration Award!
Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award:
Bob has spent his entire life (including in utero) in entertainment. His father and mother were actors who met performing on Broadway, and now Bob is plotting to revive the family name on the Great White Way. He is developing solo projects and also working with partners, including producers Jed Bernstein and Rich Battista at Broadway & Vine, an entity focused on adapting movie properties for the Broadway stage.
Bob is the Co-Founder (with Ron Moler) of Aspect Ratio. When he sold the company, Aspect had grown into the largest entertainment advertising agency in Hollywood, a family of companies that created campaigns for every major studio. (Legend has it that Aspect was the birthplace of the trailer “button.”)
Bob’s facets are multi: feature film producing credits include the box office smash Ace Ventura: Pet Detective, which helped launch Jim Carrey’s film career, and the cult classic,Bachelor Party, based on Bob’s original story.
Live shows include a long run from 2000–2008 as Executive Producer of The Hollywood Reporter’s Key Art Awards and, in addition to many short film parodies, Bob staged a musical for Sony Pictures starring Robert Goulet, Leslie Nielsen and Ben Stein.
Along with Albert Litewka, Barbara Glazer and Mike Greenfeld, he is currently a Managing Member of AngelVision Investors, a group investing in entertainment, marketing and new media entities.
Along with everything Bob does, he always finds time to devote to causes he believes in. A beloved family member at A Place Called Home, Bob has served as Director on our Board for nearly 14 years, four as Chairman, two as Vice Chair, and several as Gala Chair. He is the Executive Vice President of the Board of Trustees at University Synagogue, and serves as a director on the Board at the Katselas Theater Company.
Bob is a member of the Motion Picture Academy (AMPAS) as well as the Directors Guild of America. He has won CLEOs, Key Art Awards and film festival honors and was selected for Entertainment Weekly’s “It” List as one of the Top 100 Creative People in Hollywood.
He is extremely grateful to have two incredible children, Jesse and Rachel, and his supportive life-partner and wife, Gail. They bring him abundant love, joy and laughter, and he does his best to entertain them above all others.
We are truly honored to be acknowledging the menschiest, funniest and most generous man we know, and we’re so happy you are here to help us thank him properly for all he does on behalf of others!
For more information or to make a donation or purchase tickets, ad or table sponsorship please contact event coordinator Grant Associates at 323-904-4400