Single Moms Planet, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization created to assist struggling single mothers, presented the 4th Annual Single Moms Awards to honor notable individuals who inspire, provide an example or give support to single mothers through their work, philanthropy or volunteerism.
The star-studded event took place at The Peninsula Beverly Hills and was hosted by NBC 4 Los Angeles reporter Beverly White and TV personality Rosie Rivera. Actress Garcelle Beauvais (“Grimm,” “The Jamie Foxx Show”) was honored as Entertainer of the Year for successfully combining a strong family life with a thriving career. Garcelle is the host of Fox’s “Hollywood Today Live” and is also set to appear in “Spiderman: Homecoming” this summer.
“Garcelle is an exemplary artist, mother and philanthropist who exemplifies the values of Single Moms Planet,” says Neferteri Plessy, founder of Single Moms Planet.
Other honorees include Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks (CEO, Earth Friendly Products) for Business Innovator of the year, Gayle Jackson (Co-Founder and CEO, DeSean Jackson Foundation) for Sports Mom of the Year, Joanna McFarland, Carolyn Yashar Becher and Janelle McGothlin (founders, Hop Skip Drive) for Corporation of the Year, Christy Salcido (SVP, Ketchum Inc.) for Visionary of the Year, Jan Perry (GM, Economic & Workforce Development) for Leader of the Year and Karla Keene (CEO, Clarity RX) for Entrepreneur of the Year.
Among this year’s presenters were Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley, actor Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”), TV producer Kerry Zane, founder of Anastasia Beverly Hills Anastasia Soare and fashion blogger Heidi Nazarudin.
The event set out to raise awareness and funds that will assist many single mothers facing poverty and other challenges and was attended by high profile guests such as NFL stars DeSean Jackson and Rodger Saffold, as well as actors Daphne Wayans, Carrie Stevens, Christy Buss, Alyssa Reeves, and many others.
For more information on Single Moms Planet, visit their website.