Brass Ring Awards Dinner 2018

Thursday, May 31st, 2018

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Brass Ring Award

presented to:

Kimberly Marteau Emerson & Ambassador John Emerson

Kimberly Marteau Emerson is a civic leader, lawyer, and human rights advocate.  Kimberly worked in the Clinton Administration as the Director of Public Liason for the US Information Agency, where she was the domestic spokesperson. She serves on the International Board of Human Rights Watch, and is a member of the  Council on Foreign Affairs, and the Pacific Council on International Policy and the Advisory Board of the USC Center on Public Diplomacy.  While in Germany from 2013-2017, she led embassy efforts on the refugee crisis and worked to grow the presence of Human Rights Watch there  She has dedicated many years to United Friends of the Children as a Board Member as well.  Over the past two decades she has avidly advised, staffed, and raised support for many organizations that support underserved populations.

Kimberly’s husband, Ambassador John Emerson, is the former United States Ambassador to Germany (2013- 2017).  He worked in the Clinton White House as a Deputy Director of Intergovernmental Affairs, and before that was Los Angeles’ Chief Deputy City Attorney.  John is currently the Vice Chairman of Capital Group International, where prior to his Ambassadorship he served for 16 years as the President of Capital Group’s Private Client Services Division. Kimberly and John’s impact on foster youth, Los Angeles, the United States, and the international community is unmeasured.  They have worked together in both their professional and personal lives to change outcomes for underserved populations on both a macro and a micro scale.  They are both attorneys by training and have used this to work for justice on all fronts.  We are both excited and humbled to be able to present them with this incredible award.


Nancy M. Daly Founder’s Award

presented to:

Tremale Berger

The Nancy M. Daly Founder’s Award will be presented to Tremale Berger, a former foster youth and United Friends program alumnus.  Tremale is an incredible example of the impact of United Friends’ programs.  Tremale credits United Friends with pushing him to finish college, obtain internships, and then find employment.  He is a formally trained architectural designer and currently works as a Project Manager for DPR Construction.  You can see Tremale’s buildings throughout LA.  He also serves as a Board Member for United Friends of the Children. 

The Brass Ring Awards dinner, over the last fifteen years, has raised a large percentage of United Friends’ funds, directly benefitting Tremale. The fact that Tremale is now a valuable member of our board, and this year’s honoree, is testament to the work we have done; but we have only achieved it with support from you.



THURSDAY, MAY 31, 2018

The Beverly Hilton Hotel

6:30pm Reception

7:30pm Dinner, Awards Presentation + Entertainment

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To confirm your participation or for more information, please contact Harvin at 5B Events at harvin@5bevents.com or 310.559.9334.







Krishna & Robert Daly, Jr.


Marianna & David Fisher



Cravath, Swaine & Moore LLP

The Harry & Florence Sloan Foundation Cindy & Alan Horn

Richard Merkin, M.D.

Munger Tolles & Olson/

Sarah Bowman & William Temko

Village Roadshow Pictures


Dr. Denny Luria & Jeff Berg

Mitch Evall/Venable LLP

Nadine & Fred Rosen

Toni & John Schulman


Dara & Conan Barker

Capital Group

Cox, Castle & Nicholson LLP/ Seeley & Preston Brooks

DPR Construction

Shari & Rob Friedman

Johnny Carson Foundation

Suzanne & Ric Kayne


Jaye & John Rogovin


Ande & Bruce Rosenblum

Warner Bros. Entertainment

Jewels & Kiko Washington

Wasserman Foundation


Mia Riverton Alpert & David Alpert Ambassador Colleen Bell & Bradley Bell

Carol & Frank Biondi

Capital Group Private Client Services

David Geffen Foundation

Laurie & Jon Felthiemer

Fross Zelnick Lehrman & Zissu, P.C.

Tatiana & Todd James

Michael & Lori Milken Family Foundation

Shelby Notkin

Karen Roth

Cynthia Yorkin

Ziffren Brittenham LLP

Melanie Cook, Sam Fischer, Cliff Gilbert-Lurie FRIENDS

Judy Billings

Lauren Shuler Donner & Richard Donner Carla & Gerald Du Manoir

Laura & Jarred Kennedy

Macias Gini O’Connell LLP

Carol & Tom Patchett

Murphy & Ed Romano

Ellen & Richard Sandler

Maria Hummer-Tuttle & Bob Tuttle


Reminisce on last year’s Brass Ring Awards Dinner, honoring the CW, and view photos of the event here!