My Friend’s Place Gala honors Halsey, Maddie Ziegler, Mackenzie Ziegler and ModCloth

My Friend’s Place is a nonprofit homeless youth resource center. The center has provided 31 years of vital, life-changing services to tens of thousands of homeless youth in Los Angeles. The annual gala will honor GRAMMY-nominated singer/songwriter Halsey, actress, dancer, and model Maddie Ziegler, actress, dancer, and singer Mackenzie Ziegler, and fashion brand ModCloth. The “Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place,” gala takes place on April 6, 2019, at the Hollywood Palladium.

My Friend's Place Annual Gala

More than 500 business and philanthropic leaders, community members and advocates for homeless youth will come together to celebrate My Friend’s Place and the champions who make transformative opportunities possible. In an evening filled with entertainment, dining, and auctions, Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit For My Friend’s Place celebrates the partners who have tirelessly worked to help My Friend’s Place become the organization it is today.

The Gala is open to the public and ticket/sponsorship package information is available at www.mfpgala.givesmart.com

2019 HONOREES:

Halsey honored at the My Friend's Place annual gala

HALSEY pushes creative boundaries expanding her influence and impact beyond music.  She spoke at the 2018 women’s march advocating for equality.  As her star continues to rise, Halsey uses her voice to speak up for causes she passionately believes in. Those include disenfranchised youth, women’s rights, mental health, and the LGBTQ community. Thus, proving that both she and her music can affect meaningful change.

MADDIE ZIEGLER a teen dance prodigy became an overnight internet sensation after appearing in Sia’s “Chandelier” music video in 2014. She has shown no signs of slowing down. Her resume to include actress, model, fashion designer, and New York Times Best-selling author. Maddie released “The Maddie Diaries,” a memoir about how she followed her dreams and worked hard to achieve success. The book debuted as #4 on the “Young Adult Hardcover” New York Times Bestseller List. The first in a competitive dance trilogy, “The Audition,” was released last fall. The second book of the series “The Callback” hit stores in October.

Helping Homeless Youth in Los Angeles

MACKENZIE ZIEGLER has become one of the most influential rising stars. At fourteen, Mackenzie has made a splash in the entertainment industry as an award-winning dancer, singer-songwriter, actress, author, and model. She is starring in the YouTube series “Total Eclipse” which she also serves as Executive Producer. Last year her first book, “Kenzie’s Rules for Life,” was released, offering inspirational, upbeat advice on friendship, family, fitness, style, and positivity. Her makeup line, “Love, Kenzie,” launched in September, offering affordable and functional beauty products celebrating individuality and feminine power.

MODCLOTH is a digitally native lifestyle brand that commits itself to inspiring personal style and helping all women feel like the best version of themselves. ModCloth’s lifestyle-driven assortment includes its signature line of feminine, vintage-inspired apparel, offered in a full range of sizes (XXS-4X) at price points with surprising value. Founded in a college dorm room by high school sweethearts Susan Gregg Koger and Eric Koger in 2002, ModCloth has since grown close to 300 employees across offices in San Francisco, Los Angeles, and Pittsburgh.

ABOUT MY FRIEND’S PLACE:

On January 8, 1988, two friends were compelled to help the homeless youth just outside of their office door. Steve LePore and Craig Scholz, began spending their break time making and distributing lunches. Soon, this simple act became a grassroots movement. Steve and Craig had assembled a group of kind-hearted volunteers who traversed Hollywood delivering meals. After countless hours of interactions, the duo realized providing meals only addressed a small portion of the issue.

Within a year, the idea for creating a judgment-free, “safe place” where physical and mental health services, creative outlets, employment and education assistance could be met. Thirty years later, My Friend’s Place has grown into a dynamic resource center. Their comprehensive services reach more than 1,400 homeless youth and provided more than 30,000 meals last year.

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