PAST EVENT: 2022 Gala: An Autumn Affair

Tuesday, November 1st, 2022

2022 Gala: An Autumn Affair
Tuesday, November 1, 2022


The Skirball Cultural Center – Ahmanson Hall
6pm Reception
7pm Dinner, Awards Presentation & Entertainment


Join us for our 2022 Gala: An Autumn Affair in Support of Foster Youth. Held at the Skirball Cultural Center, the evening will include an elegant cocktail hour, a formal sit-down dinner, live entertainment, and award presentations. All proceeds go towards funding programs that build community, trust, empowerment, and long-term success for LA’s foster youth.


Hosted by Candi Marie and featuring special guests – it will be a night to remember.


Honoring Angelica Nwandu:

As the founder of The Shade Room, a Black entertainment news source that has transformed how the world consumes news, Angelica is paving the way for other Black women to pursue their passions and dreams. Named to Forbes’ “30 under 30” list and called “the Oprah of our generation” by Refinery29, Angelica has not only created a successful global media company but also keeps her passion for helping others at the forefront of her mind. As a UFC alumna, Angelica has participated in our Education Program, which provides financial, academic, social and emotional support for foster youth pursuing college. Her deep-rooted passion for helping our LA County foster youth has made her one of our most generous donors, and she is truly an inspiration to us all. This year, we are honored to celebrate Angelica and present her with United Friends’ Brass Ring Award.


Honoring Judy Billings:

Judy Billings was introduced to United Friends of the Children in the nineties by late Founder Nancy M. Daly. She got involved immediately and helped start the Foster Family Program, which has now become the Scholars Program. Since then, she has been a steadfast supporter, advocate and Board Member of United Friends. Judy’s commitment to Los Angeles County foster youth extends beyond United Friends. She also dedicated many years of service to Hollygrove, another local organization that works with younger foster children and their caregiving families. In addition, Judy has served on the Board of the Forstmann Foundation for the past ten years, enabling her to help underserved children all over the world. Judy is a proud mom of two foster sons from South Africa. They are both happily married, and living in NYC and Cape Town. Judy is an incredible advocate for all children and youth in need and we are honored to award her this year with the Nancy M. Daly Founder’s Award.



Thank You To Our Sponsors


– Angel –

Angelica Nwandu


– Benefactor –



– Patron –

Marianna and David Fisher

Nadine Schiff-Rosen and Fred Rosen


– Ally –

Krishna and Bobby Daly


– Sponsor –

Alex Caruso

Lauren Shuler Donner

L.A. Care

Mitch Evall/Venable LLP

Laura and Jarred Kennedy

Dr. Denny Luria and Jeff Berg

Ande and Bruce Rosenblum


– Advocate –

Mia Riverton Alpert and David Alpert


Seeley and Preston Brooks

Julie Glucksman and Toby Emmerich

NextGen Board Co-Chairs, Sarah Christian and Lauren Fujiu

Shari and Rob Friedman

Erin and Kevin McKenzie

Karen and Rafe Pery

Audrey Prins and Josh Trachtenberg


– Friend –

American Career College

Starr Silver-Baker and Eli Baker

Aida Berduo Berry

Judy Billings

Josie and Paul Dichter

Matt and Gretchen DiNapoli Foundation

Wendy Greuel and Dean Schramm

Bridget Gless Keller and Paul Keller

Laura Jane and Darren Kessner

Molina Healthcare

Jaye and John Rogovin

Murphy and Ed Romano

Ronald Sampson

Susie and Jon Sheinberg

Erin Mulcahy and Robert Stein

Haley and Michele Suire

Demonte “Tray” Thompson


– Donor –

Aria and Tremale Berger

Bagnard Family Foundation

Heidi Schulman and Mickey Kantor

Drs. Karen and Morteza Khaleghi

Carol and Doug Mancino

Tracy Paul

Katherine and Douglas Thompson

Jade Tran

Kathy Vanderziel


– Host Committee –

Aida Berduo Berry, Chair
Gigi Edwards Bryant
Candi Marie
Michelle Dennis
Maurice James
Laura Jane Kessner
Jaye Toellner Rogovin
Ande Rosenblum
Kimberly Rosenblum
Susie Sheinberg
Jade Tran
Jorey Worb


– Principle Foundation Partners –
– Vaccine Requirements –

All attendees 12 years or older, must show proof of full COVID19 vaccination.
A negative COVID test within 72 hours will be accepted for those with medical or religious exemptions only.