Chrysalis, the Southern California-based nonprofit dedicated to helping those experiencing homelessness find a path out through job readiness programs and placement, is readying its second annual virtual gala amid the COVID-19 pandemic.
“Chrysalis Night In” will stream live May 13 from 7-8:30 p.m. PST and honor a pair that has rocketed to media-darling status thanks to their massive philanthropic efforts during the pandemic. WME partner Richard Weitz and daughter Demi Weitz will be honored for co-founding and steering their “RWQuarantunes” concert series that has raised more than $23 million for more than 40 organizations. Also on the program as an honoree is Bob Hart, president and CEO of TruAmerica Multifamily.
This virtual gala will feature musical and comedy performances, celebrity appearances and exclusive auction items available to ticket holders and sponsors. Gala sponsors include Benedict Canyon Equities, Greystar, Johnny Carson Foundation, Kennedy Wilson, NBCUniversal, Netflix, TruAmerica Multifamily and U.S. Bank. Event co-chairs include Kerry Brown, Rebecca Gayheart Dane, Rick Hess, Josh Lieberman, Stacey Sher and Richard Weitz.
“The health crisis of COVID-19 has created a parallel unemployment crisis and Chrysalis is uniquely positioned to help our community recover,” said Chrysalis president and CEO Mark Loranger. “Over the past year, we have welcomed more than 5,000 new clients virtually. And in the same way that we had to transition to a virtual service model, we are also incredibly proud to have the support of our donors and community members who are celebrating with us online at ‘Chrysalis Night In’ instead of meeting in person at the Butterfly Ball.”
Last year’s virtual event hosted more than 800 guests including Anne Hathaway, Robert De Niro, Jamie Foxx, Zach Braff, Natasha Bedingfield, Gavin Rossdale, Linda Perry and Seth MacFarlane, among others. Tickets to this year’s event begin at $50 per household and more information can be found here.