Communication Creates Community:

2017 Legacy Gala Recap

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Our Third Annual Legacy Gala was held Friday, March 24, 2017 at Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica, CA. This was an inspiring evening filled celebrities, musicians, Silicon Valley titans, luminaries and like-minded people!

Whispers from Children’s Hearts Foundation specializes in supporting the emotional and spiritual needs of children’s hearts with music, theatre, and singing.

  Hosted By:

 Lisa Haisha, founder of the Whispers From Children’s Hearts Foundation with
Special Guest Speaker Lee Aronsohn, Co-Creator of The Big Bang Theory & Two & A Half Men

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Special Emcee:

Ben Vereen, Tony Award Winning Broadway Star

 

SANTA MONICA, CA – MARCH 24: Host Lisa Haisha and writer/producer Lee Aronsohn attend the 3rd Annual Whispers From Children’s Heats Foundation Legacy Charity Gala at Casa Del Mar on March 24, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images) 

~ A Special Thank You Message From WFCH Founder Lisa Haisha ~ 

Lisa Haisha Hosts 3rd Annual Whispers From Children's Heats Foundation Legacy Charity

SANTA MONICA, CA – MARCH 24: Host Lisa Haisha attends the 3rd Annual Whispers From Children’s Heats Foundation Legacy Charity Gala at Casa Del Mar on March 24, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

On behalf of the WFCH Legacy Gala team, I want to thank you for your contribution to helping to make thee Whispers From Children’s Hearts Legacy Gala a huge success!

I started WFCH – because I had just finished traveling to fifteen orphanages over a five-year span. When I came back to the states and had a daughter, I couldn’t continue doing mission trips so I created a foundation so that other people who wanted to give back to children could get recognition and see money to get their non-profit going.

It has been my mission/dream to produce this Gala so that the true angels on this planet could be honored. People who are doing good work that no one knows about because they aren’t famous. The Gala offers publicity, recognition and celebration.

With gratitude and appreciation,
Lisa Haisha, Founder

 

Our Incredible 2017 Recipients

We are proud to announce, WFCH was able to award two amazing non-profit children’s charities this year that live out their legacy annually helping children. With the support of celebrities, inspirators and visionaries from Hollywood, and the world, WFCH was able to provide each of our 2017 recipients with a generous donation of $10,000 each to continue their amazing life changing work with children to achieve their goals and being their legacies.

SANTA MONICA, CA – MARCH 24: Writer/producer Lee Aronsohn, host Lisa Haisha and honoree Akuyoe Graham attend the 3rd Annual Whispers From Children’s Heats Foundation Legacy Charity Gala at Casa Del Mar on March 24, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

Lisa Haisha and writer/producer Lee Aronsohn Host the 3rd Annual Whispers From Children's Heats Foundation Legacy Charity Gala

SANTA MONICA, CA – MARCH 24: Singer Rickie Byars Beckwith, host Lisa Haisha and writer/producer Lee Aronsohn attend the 3rd Annual Whispers From Children’s Heats Foundation Legacy Charity Gala at Casa Del Mar on March 24, 2017 in Santa Monica, California. (Photo by Alberto E. Rodriguez/Getty Images)

More About Our Recipient Charities

Learn more about this year’s two incredible recipients who are living their legacy, dedicated to powerful, life-changing work with children. 

Akuyoe Graham

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spirit-awakening

SpiritAwakening.org

Akuyoe Graham is an award-winning actor, author and educator. She is the founder of the Spirit Awakening Foundation, a charitable arts organization dedicated to assisting “at-risk” youth and children in the juvenile justice system in the realization of their spiritual identity.

 

Ricki Byars Beckwith

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kuumba shule

KuumbaInMotion.org

Ricki Byars Beckwith is the founder of Kuumba Shule (Swahili for Create School). Kuumba is an innovative learning academy for ages 5-12 that nurtures the creative genius within children who flourish in an atmosphere of alternative, experiential modalities of education.

 

2017 Special Guests 

An illustrious line up of the evening’s Legacy Luminaries included Maria Conchita Alonso performing, recording artist Emmanuel Kelly, comedian Kathy Buckley, Panamanian recording star, Richard Rodriguez, celebrity designer Sue Wong and former back up dancer (Prince, Michael Jackson) and now transformational life coach, Andre Paradis. 

Maria Conchita Alonso

Maria Conchita Alonso
Actress & Performer

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Emmanuel Kelly
Recording Artist

Kathy Buckley Comedian

Kathy Buckley
Comedienne & Speaker

Richard Rodriguez

Richard Rodriguez
Panamanian Recording Star

Sue Wong Designer

Sue Wong
Fashion Designer

Prince Michael Jackson II

Prince Michael Jackson II
Former Back Up Dancer

Andre Paradis Life Coach

Andre Paradis
Former Back Up Dancer

Oksana Vovk Miss America 2017

Oksana Vovk
Miss America 2017

A Sneak Peak At Our 2017 Red Carpet

Over 25 celebrities walked a Red Carpet packed with media and joined the guest list of over 220’s VIP’s, sponsors, friends and family of the charities.

Check out London Garcia’s Red Carpet in Focus: Legacy Gala 2017 Event Coverage video for a better look below.

PREVIOUS AWARD RECIPIENTS & FUTURE CHARITIES

In attendance at this year’s exciting Legacy Gala Networking Party, we are pleased to welcome three of our previous Legacy Award Winners. As an added bonus to attending the event, guests are welcome to list their charity/nonprofit organization – or one that is dear to their heart – to be considered as an upcoming Legacy Gala award recipient where they could be honored with substantial financial assistance to assist in continuing their humanitarian efforts. (Simply ask for an Application for Nomination at the event.)

View Our Past Legacy Gala Events

Be sure to check out the previous Legacy Gala event pages to see photos, press and media from our past honorees.

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