With all the Oscar hoopla that has been going on for the past week it was pretty easy to forget that so many other things were going on in Hollywood as well.One other major event that took place over the weekend was the Children Uniting Nations Gala (CUN) hosted by Lil Kim.The event raises awareness and funds that go towards supporting the mentoring program that has helped shape the lives of thousands of foster children.
The celebration kicked off on Friday, Feb 23 with raptress Lil Kim and CUN founder Daphna Ziman hosting a private press conference and luncheon to announce the list of 2007 honorees for the “Inspiring Our Childrem to Dream Awards,” which was presented at the CUN viewing celebration last night. The press conference offered an exlusive chance to sit down with this year’s event host, Lil’ Kim, and CUN Founder Daphna Ziman, as they discuss a newly formed partnership to help save our nation’s most at risk children.
The weekend festivties continued on Sunday when Billboard, along with CUN and Lil’ Kim hosted the 8th Annual Academy Awards Viewing Dinner. The black tie event took place at The Music Box and included a formal dinner, dancing, musical performances and a phenomenal silent and live auction. During the dinner, CUN also presented special awards to a select few who have changed the lives of children in the past year. All proceeds from the event will support CUN’s cause of helping foster children succeed against the odds.
About Children Uniting Nations
Children Uniting Nations has the largest and most far-reaching mentoring program for Los Angeles foster children. Their Oscar night celebration serves as the primary media awareness and fundraising even for the program. CUN has made tremendous strides by encouring legislation to improve foster care and adoption laws; introducting legislation to forgive student loans in exchange for mentoring, and expaning their mentoring training. The CUN mentoring program is proving to bring down teen drug use and pregnancy in foster childre, to improve self-esteem and to significantly increase the number of foster childrenn who complete high school and college. Many well known actors and performers are involved with CUN and serve as Goodwill Ambassadors for the cause. The list includes Chaka Khan, Wilmer Valderamma, Tracey Edmonds, Lil’ Kim, Stephen Dorff among many others.
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