PAST EVENT: 2023 Fall Gala

2023 Gala: An Autumn Affair
Wednesday, November 8


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


Step into an evening of inspiration at the United Friends Autumn Gala 2023. Held at the Skirball Cultural Center, this year’s gala celebrates fostering inner strength and embracing uniqueness.

What’s in store:

Vibrant Attire: Express your individuality by wearing your confidence – choose an outfit in the color that speaks to your inner strength.
Elegant Affair: Enjoy a cocktail hour, followed by a delightful sit-down dinner and live entertainment that highlights the talents within our community.
Honoring Youth: Witness awards presented to those making a difference in the lives of LA’s foster youth.

Your presence directly supports programs that build community, trust, and a path to success for these young individuals. Celebrate who you are while making a meaningful impact.


Tickets are sold out. For more information please contact Sarah Reyes at SarahR@UnitedFriends.org.


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


Honoring Anastasia Soare:

Beauty pioneer and powerhouse entrepreneur Anastasia Soare is Founder, CEO, and driving force behind Anastasia Beverly Hills – one of the fastest-growing brands in the beauty industry.

Soare’s belief in beauty’s transformational power extends to her lifelong work for women and children and the establishment of the Anastasia Brighter Horizon Foundation, which supports and advances the lives of young adults exiting the foster care system.


Thank You To Our Sponsors


– Angel –

Anastasia Soare


– Patron –

Krishna and Bobby Daly
Marianna and David Fisher
Dr. Richard Merkin
Nadine Schiff-Rosen and Fred Rosen


– Ally –


– Sponsor –

Alex Caruso
Seeley and Preston Brooks / Cox Castle & Nicholson
Johnny Carson Foundation

Alexander Kadish
Laura and Jarred Kennedy
Dr. Denny Luria and Jeff Berg
Ande and Bruce Rosenblum


– Advocate –

The Eli and Edythe Broad Foundation
Lauren Shuler Donner
LA Care
NextGen Board Co-Chairs, Sarah Christian and Lauren Fujiu
Shari and Rob Friedman
Wendy Greuel and Dean Schramm
Audrey Prins and Josh Trachtenberg
Jaye and John Rogovin
Ulta Beauty


– Friend –

Mia Riverton Alpert and David Alpert
Judith Billings
Julie Glucksman and Toby Emmerich
Holthouse Family Fund Katie and Phil Holthouse
Laura Jane and Darren Kessner
Molina Health Care
Ernie Rodriguez of Smash it Services
Ronald Sampson
David and Daphne Subar


– Donor –

Aida Berduo Berry
John Campisi
Maggie Houlehan
Stefania Magidson
Carol and Doug Mancino
Murphy and Edward Romano
Heidi Schulman and Mickey Kantor
Heide and Bruce Striegel
Demonte “Tray” Thompson
Kathy Vanderziel


– Principle Foundation Partners –