NEW YORK, Mar 24, 2011/ — On Saturday, Mar 26th, the Starlight Children’s Foundation (www.starlight.org) will present long-time philanthropists Kathy, Paris and Nicky Hilton with its “2011 Heart of Gold Award” and Do Won Chang, Founder/C.E.O. of Forever 21, Inc., with its “2011 Jacki Carlish Humanitarian Award” at “A Stellar Night,” Starlight’s annual gala presented by California Pizza Kitchen and Nintendo of America Inc.
Co-hosted by Jenni Pulos, from Bravo’s “Flipping Out,” and Bailee Madison, actress from “Just Go With It” and Starlight StarPower Spokesperson, and with a special performance by former Starlight child and cancer survivor Zacharia (www.zachariamusic.com), “A Stellar Night” will pay tribute to the inspirational stories of Starlight children and their families and honor industry leaders and humanitarians whose hope and compassion have helped combat the pain, fear and isolation experienced by seriously ill children and their families.
Starlight’s Heart of Gold Award is presented to individuals who have a deep commitment to children and generous hearts. As a charity close to their own hearts, Kathy, Nicky and Paris Hilton regularly commit their time, energy and resources to support Starlight’s programs and brighten the lives of the seriously ill children and families it serves.
Starlight’s prestigious Jacki Carlish Humanitarian Award will be awarded to Do Won Chang in recognition of his good deeds and hard work to help children and families everywhere. The Chang 21 Foundation has provided aid to Third World countries, churches, and other faith groups, as well as generous support to Starlight that enabled it to expand its services last year to reach about 200,000 more seriously ill children and family members than it did the year prior.
As always, “A Stellar Night” encourages supporters to invite their children and grandchildren to learn early lessons of philanthropy at its ever-popular (and larger) Kids’ Lounge and hang out and have fun with best-selling author and Starlight Global Ambassador Tony DiTerlizzi, Starlight National Spokesperon Corbin Bleu and the gala’s young celebrity guests, who include StarPower Ambassadors (www.starlight.org/starpowerambassadors) Kyle Massey, Chris Massey, Ashley Argota, Gregg Sulkin, Romi Dames, Sammi Hanratty, Rob Pinkston, Nadji Jeter, Ashlee Keating, Austin Anderson, Devon Gearhart, Jillian Claire, Field Cate, Brennan Bailey, Preston Bailey, Kristy Frank, Allen Alvarado, Tyler Foden, Zane Huett, Chloe Jordache, Dominic Scott Kay, Peyton List, Spencer List, Joey Luthman, Jackson Odell, Daniel Samonas and Tyler Shamy.
The chair of Starlight’s annual gala is “Variety” publisher and Starlight board member Brian Gott. Additional sponsors of “A Stellar Night” include Michaels Stores, Inc., Bickerstaff Family Foundation, Vivendi, Colgate-Palmolive Company, Forever 21, The Walt Disney Company, Wyndham Worldwide, Insomniac Games, Kaye Scholer LLP, Latham & Watkins LLP, Lisa & Kevin Mayer and Morrison & Foerster LLP.