*The 7th Annual Jonathan Foundation Spring Fundraiser was a magical night! Honorees Holly Robinson Peete and Rodney Peete received top-honors for their work with the HollyRod Foundation, which is dedicated to providing compassionate care to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease. The Actress, author, talk show host, activist and philanthropist Holly Robinson Peete and husband Rodney Peete, NFL Veteran Quarterback and host, have their hands full as they try to balance running their charity and raising their four children on their TV show, Meet The Peetes on the Hallmark Channel.
Also, in attendance were popular celebrities Youth Ambassadors took their roles serious as they helped to raise money via their thousands of followers on social media on behalf of The Jonathan Foundation. Ambassadors included; Jacob Hopkins, Cartoon Network’s “The Amazing World of Gumball”, Merit Leighton; Disney’s “Sofia The First”, Hunter Payton, NBC’s “A-Z”, Marlowe Peyton, ABC’s “Fresh Off The Boat “, Kiana Lyz Rivera; TNT’s Major Crimes, actresses Drew Gordon and Ainsley Ross, along with a host of celebrities and influencers.
The proceeds from this fundraiser will go towards The Jonathan Foundation’s Assessment Scholarship Program.
About The Jonathan Foundation
The Jonathan Foundation was formed in 2001, founded by Raja Marhaba. It all began when both of her sons were diagnosed with ADHD and learning disabilities. Today both boys Jonathan and Omar sit on the Board of The Jonathan Foundation and are actively involved. They mentor children, speak with them and help them to better understand what they are going through and they are not alone, that their disability is not a disability but a “gift”. They connect with our special needs children on a level most people cannot because they lived the path these children are currently walking.
Holly Robinson Peete
Holly Elizabeth Robinson Peete (born September 18, 1964) is an American actress and singer. She is perhaps best known for her roles as Judy Hoffs on the Fox TV police drama 21 Jump Street, Vanessa Russell on the ABC sitcom Hangin’ with Mr. Cooper, and Dr. Malena Ellis on the NBC/WB sitcom For Your Love. She also served as one of the original co-hosts of the CBS daytime talk show The Talk.
After graduating from high school, Peete entered Sarah Lawrence College in New York. She majored in Psychology and French. After she graduated in 1986, she considered attending graduate school and perhaps working in languages for the U.S. State Department. However, she decided to give an acting career a chance. Within a short time, Peete found roles on a television series and in two films.
In March 2016, a reality series debuted entitled For Peete’s Sake, documenting the everyday life of her family.
Rodney Peete (born March 16, 1966) is a former American football quarterback who played in the National Football League (NFL) for 16 years. He played college football for the USC Trojans football team. He retired from playing in 2004 and is now in broadcasting.