The fourth annual “A Brighter Future for Children” Charity Gala is not your grandfather’s gala. Featuring celebrity hosts, a celebrity poker tournament, catered dinner, hors d’oeuvres, an open bar, live music and entertainment, special guest performances, a live art display, live and silent auction, art gallery, and more, this charity gala is more than just a night of fun. A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala also provides the opportunity to support an inspiring cause and raise money towards a program that promotes the healing of patients of The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

100% of all net proceeds from the evening will directly benefit the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program, an innovative arts and music therapy program that employs local artists, performers, and teachers to enhance treatment and promote healing at The Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Research demonstrates that the art and music therapies practiced at the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program — such as paint, clay-model building, musical instruments, and creative writing to name a few — have significant medical benefits and can dramatically assist with a patient’s healing process. Decreased stress and anxiety, lowered blood pressure, minimized pain perception, and strengthened family bonding are just a few of the many benefits.

Art therapy at the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Artists Program at the Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Despite growing awareness and practices, the Program has been largely overlooked over the course of its existence, in large part because of the healthcare system’s focus on medications and drugs over the implementation of emotional therapy as a form of treatment. This year’s A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala aims to bring attention to the incredible strides made by the Mark Taper-Johnny Mercer Program’s innovative work, as well as raise funds to support and expand the program.

The charity gala is presented by Dahan Properties and The Dream Builders Project, organizations founded by renowned real estate developer, philanthropist, influencer, entrepreneur, and IVY member, Mayer Dahan.

The Dream Builders Project (“The DBP”) is a registered 501(C)3, action-based nonprofit organization founded in Los Angeles. The DBP has one goal in mind: to make a positive impact on the Los Angeles community and the world at large. Described as a “charity for charities,” The DBP is not constrained to any specific group or cause, allowing for them to join forces with several great, and somewhat overlooked, social issues and organizations making the most profound impact.

“A Brighter Future for Children is the biggest event of the year for The Dream Builders Project,” Mayer explained. “Each year, this evening exhibits how small companies and organizations can come together to have a profound impact on the community — all while having an amazing time doing so.”

A look back at the 2016 “A Brighter Future for Children” Charity Gala.

This year’s exclusive black tie charity gala will bring together influential philanthropists, entrepreneurs, tastemakers, industry leaders, and celebrity guests for an exquisite and sophisticated charity experience that exudes luxury from start to finish. Special guests and sponsors include David Arquette, Terrell Owens, Ariel Winter, Kristen Renton, Tom Malloy, Shanna Moakler, Colin Egglesfield, Tito’s Handmade Vodka, Eminence Organics, Laseraway, Pure Barre, Chase Bank, Sparkling ICE, LA Galaxy, and many more.

For ticket purchases and more information on A Brighter Future for Children Charity Gala, please click here. For more information on how to support The Dream Builders Project, please visit their website.