Monday, April 19, 2021

Evening Under the Stars’ Gala and Awards Honors Judge Greg Mathis & Wife Linda Mathis

*Attorney and CNN analyst, Areva Martin’s Special Needs Network (SSN) hosted its 14th Annual “Evening Under The Stars” gala and award show Saturday, October 19 at the home of actress, comedian and SNN board member Kym Whitley.

Honorees this year included the honorable Judge Greg Mathis and his wife Linda Mathis, Dr. Randy W. Hawkins, and actress Lauren “Lolo” Spencer, star of the indie film “Give Me Liberty.” 

Featured entertainment for the star-studded event included hit maker Major (This Is Why I Love You) and hilarious remarks from Whitley and fellow actress and comedian Sherri Shepherd, who recently revealed that her son Jeffrey has developmental delays.

Emmy-award-winning television host Shaun Robinson, host Kiki Shepard, Los Angeles County Board of Supervisors Member and event sponsor Mark Ridley-Thomas and Actress Vanessa Bell Calloway were among the celebrities, dignitaries and members of the medical and business communities, who donned in 1950/60s fashions to help raise funds for the SNN’s Autism Center at the MLK Child and Family Wellbeing Center opening Summer 2020.

TYLER PERRY ALLEGEDLY SPENT $16M ON STAR-STUDDED STUDIO GRAND OPENING

Kym Whitley - Sherri Shepherd - Areva Martin
Kym Whitley – Sherri Shepherd – Areva Martin

Aside from Ridley-Thomas, other event sponsors included Blue Shield of California Promise Health Plan, ATT, SEIU 99, Southern California Edison, United Parcel Service (UPS), Real Man Can Cook Foundation, LA Care, Farmers Foundation, Creary Family Foundation, Behavioral Autism Therapies, 3815 Media, SEIU 721, Pasadena Community Foundation, Martin & Martin LLP, Michael Sullberg Wines, Tito’s Vodka and Delicato Family Wines.

Founded and led by multi-award-winning Harvard-trained attorney, Face the Truth talk show host and author, Areva Martin, Esq., Special Needs Network is a non-profit dedicated to the needs of underserved families raising a child with developmental disabilities. The organization’s mission is to raise public awareness of developmental disabilities and to impact public policy, while providing education and resources to families, children and adults.  It serves as a link between under-served communities and mainstream developmental disability organizations and governmental institutions, which often fail to address issues specific to these communities.  SNN firmly believes that dignity, hope and opportunity are the birthright of all children. For more info visit: https://snnla.org/

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