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By Christine Peake
Observer Staff Writer 

Face Forward Charity Gala Promises To Be, An Arabian Night To Remember

Honoring survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and acts of violence

 

September 22, 2017

Grammy winning artist Robin Thicke will perform and honorees are Lana Parrilla & Kelly Osborne

Face Forward charity co-founder trail blazer Deborah Alessi does not believe in doing things in half measures. If you met the beautiful, forceful Scottish import you would know in a matter of minutes she is strong willed, straight talking and has a huge heart. Over the past few years she and her like minded philanthropic husband, Dr. David Alessi have put all their attributes, talents and goodwill into the charity they both helm, https://www.faceforwardla.org/

First founded in 2007 Face Forward provides pro bono reconstructive surgery to adults and children who have suffered traumatic and severe physical abuse and creates a welcoming and safe environment for survivors wishing to reclaim their confidence and start a new life.

This is the 8th year that Face Forward will put on it's always memorable Gala, and it is obvious that each year gets better and bigger than before, again, no half measures with this team. This year's bash will be held at the stunning Tagylan Complex in Hollywood on Saturday September 23rd. A special night to honor and support the brave survivors of domestic violence, human trafficking and acts of violence.

"Face Forward's annual fundraising efforts enable us to help even more survivors in their journey to achieve both physical and emotional healing and recovery," said Face Forward co-founder Deborah Alessi. "This year has been exceptional for us with amazing patients and exciting new partnerships which will help us raise more awareness and the funds needed to help treat even more survivors from around the globe."

All heart. Trail Blazers Deborah and Dr. David Alessi

TV personality Kelly Osbourne will receive the Voice Award for her committed hard work, leadership and advocacy against all violence. Face Forward Global Ambassador Lana Parrilla ("Once Upon A Time") will receive the Beacon of Hope Award for her unwavering support of this astonishing charity and much needed cause. Roy Larner who is undoubtedly a true hero shall also be honored for his selfless heroism during the London Bridge terrorist attack.

The Arabian Nights themed evening will feature an exciting live auction with items including a 5-night vacation at Niyama Private Islands Maldives, an African safari by Micato Safaris and two first class round trip tickets on Etihad Airways. A silent auction will also be on display for lucky guests.

Additional sponsors include Alessi Institute, Roberto Cavalli, Kandima Maldives, Syneron Candela, Viking Cruises, Synergy Financial, Alyse Parfums, Mont Blac Executive Car Services, Asombroso Tequila, Vino Direct, BTL Svc and St. Petersburg Vodka.

Tickets Available at: http://www.501auctions.com/ffgala/tickets

 

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