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By Rachel Ganz
Special to the Observer 

The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Annual Summer Spectacular

Annual fundraiser to help raise awareness for drug and alcohol prevention in high risk communities

 

October 3, 2019

Singer Pia Toscano at The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Annual Summer Spectacular

On Saturday evening September 21, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel foundation creators Robert, Linell and Grant Shapiro held their annual fundraiser to help raise awareness for drug and alcohol prevention in high risk communities.

This amazing event was hosted by actress and producer Eva Longoria , and was attended by many well known celebrities and exclusive entertainment executives. The Brent Shapiro Foundation presented the "Spirit of Sobriety Award " upon actor Will Arnet ( Arrested Development).

I was able to meet and briefly chat with some of these top notch people such as actor John Savage, actor Joe Cortese, actress Priscilla Presley, singer Pia Toscano, actor Harry Hamlin ( Mad Men) actress Katherine Kelly Lang( The Bold and the Beautiful).actor Maurice Benard ( General Hosptial).

Actress Adriene Maloof ( The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills), singer Sheila E, personality Kelly Osbourne, personality LaToya Jackson, Robert & Linell Shapiro ( event hosts)and many more on the Red Carpet.

There was an exciting live auction of incredible private meals by well known Chiefs , exotic vacations to spectacular cars, all to help raise funds for this truly devoted foundation

Robert and Linell Shapiro created this foundation after the tragic death of their handsome and brilliant son Brent, age 24 on October 11, 2005 due to a drug overdose. The Shapiro's have established a "love Bing legacy" of Brent Shapiro by starting Brent's Clubs in partnership with the Boys and Girls Clubs of America.

Eva Longoria Robert & Linell Shapiro at The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention Annual Summer Spectacular

There are more than 5,000 children throughout 16 locations , enrolled in this program, which is dedicated to helping children and teenagers from at-risk communities avoid drug and alcohol abuse.These clubs reward the sober children with prizes like laptops, IPads, and college scholarships, as well as getting them involved in activities out in the community like basketball, surfing, art and music.

I was able to chat with the beautiful statuesque Linell Shapiro, who's eyes filled up with tears as she told me that there is never a day that Brent is ever forgotten and she misses him dearly.

The Brent Shapiro Foundation for Drug Prevention has exceeded all expectations in changing young people's lives, education goals.and avoidance of alcohol and drug use. "The Brent Shapiro Legacy" is an endowment of faith , courage and love to all mankind .

 

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