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Peter Frampton to Headline A Night of Dreams Gala by The Ed Asner Family Center

LEGENDARY ACTOR ED ASNER, CELEBRITY CHEF ART SMITH

AND EMMY-WINNING TELEVISION EXECUTIVE AND PRODUCER

ELAINE FRONTAIN BRYANT TO BE HONORED

Grammy® Award-winning music legend Peter Frampton will headline the Ed Asner Family Center first annual A NIGHT OF DREAMS Gala, along with performances by Naia Izumi, NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest Winner, among others. The Ed Asner Family Center’s mission is to promote self-confidence in differently abled individuals and bring balance and wellness to those individuals and their families. Hosting the evening will be Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes.

Ed Asner

The Gala will honor Emmy®-winning actor Ed Asner, world renowned celebrity chef Art Smith and Emmy-winner Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network,for theirdedication to the special needs’ communities.

Hosted by Emmy-winning comedian WANDA SYKES. Celebrities include PETER FRAMPTON, NAIA IZUMI (NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk winner), Emmy®-winning actor ED ASNER, world renowned celebrity chef ART SMITH and Emmy-winner ELAINE FRONTAIN BRYANT, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network, among others.

Wanda Sykes

The Ed Asner Family Center presents A Night of Dreams, a night of music and philanthropy starring legendary musician Peter Frampton, hosted by Emmy-winning comedian Wanda Sykes. Entertainment will also include a set by Naia Izumi (NPR’s 2018 Tiny Desk winner), among others to be announced. Emmy®-winning actor Ed Asner, world renowned celebrity chef Art Smith and Emmy-winner Elaine Frontain Bryant, Executive Vice President and Head of Programming for A&E Network, will be honored for theirdedication to the special need’s communities. A Night of Dreams Gala will take place on November 15, 2018 at Exchange LA Downtown.

Elaine Frorntain Bryant

The evening will kick off with Chef Art Smith preparing his famous fried chicken and hummingbird cake dinner family style for the main floor guests.  Joan’s on Third will be providing platters for the mezzanine seating. The program will also offer an exclusive silent and live auction, as well as a “Fund-A-Mission” auction where guests will have the opportunity to support special The Ed Asner Family Center initiatives including summer camp for kids with autism and other programs for the community.

Chef Art Smith

Said Matthew Asner, President of The Ed Asner Family Center, “Autism and special needs including Down Syndrome, developmental delays, Cerebral Palsy among others, touches all of us personally. We are excited to help raise awareness and funds for this wonderful new center that will bring life changing support to special needs children and their families, providing a major local impact in our LA community. It will be an unforgettable night!”

Naia Izumi, winner of NPR Music’s 2018 Tiny Desk Contest

The Ed Asner Family Center is dedicated to promoting self-confidence in differently “abled” individuals, bringing balance and wellness to them and their families. The Center not only caters to the needs of the special child but aims to engage the whole family in order to help them face their unique challenges. For Information and Sponsorship opportunities about The Ed Asner Family Center, contact Navah Paskowitz-Asner Navah@edasnerfamilycenter.org.

WHEN:

THURSDAY, NOVEMBER 15th | 7:00 PM – 10:00 PM

 

WHERE:

EXCHANGE LA DOWNTOWN

618 S Spring St, Los Angeles, CA 90014

 

For tickets: edasnerfamilycenter.org


ABOUT THE ED ASNER FAMILY CENTER:

The Ed Asner Family Center is a one-stop for those with special needs and their families seeking wholeness in all attitudes of life. The Center will act as an oasis of balance and thought, of interaction and education. Most importantly, The Center will give children and adults of all levels of ability a chance at dignity, confidence, and self-respect. At The Ed Asner Family Center, we cater to the needs of the special child and enroll the complete family to help them meet the unique challenges they face with grace. Facebook: https://www.facebook.com/edasnerfamilycenter/ Twitter: https://twitter.com/edasnercenter Instagram: https://www.instagram.com/edasnerfamilycenter/

 

ABOUT AUTISM:

Autism is a general term used to describe a group of complex developmental brain disorders – autism spectrum disorders – caused by a combination of genes and environmental influences. These disorders are characterized, in varying degrees, by communication difficulties, social and behavioral challenges, as well as repetitive behaviors. An estimated one in 59 children in the U.S. is on the autism spectrum.

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