18th Annual Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony

The 18th Annual Valley of the Stars Gala Dinner and Awards Ceremony took place on Saturday, May 30, 2015 at the CBS Studio Center. The evening was filled with Valley stars, awards, jazz, food and drinks.

Guests arrived on the red carpet for cocktail hour, surrounded by sets of boutiques, wine shops and grocery stores on New York Street. The awards ceremony took place at Sound Stage 11 where five outstanding nominees accepted the Star of the Valley Award. Kevin Dobson, Master of Ceremonies, kicked off the program and recognized The Valley Economic Alliance Chair, Martha Diaz Aszkenazy and President and CEO, Kenn Phillips. Awardees included Edward Asner in Arts and Entertainment; Comcast NBCUniversal in Business; California Lutheran University in Education, Rickey M. Gelb as Humanitarian and Rafer Johnson in Leadership.

The awards ceremony was followed by dinner under the stars and live music on My Three Sons Street.

Platinum sponsors included Wells Fargo, and Comcast NBCUniversal. Gold sponsors included Bank of America, Chase, Walmart and Southland Regional Association of Realtors, Inc. Silver sponsors were Woodbury University, Providence Health and Services, California State University Northridge, City of Burbank and City of Glendale. Bronze sponsors were Gelb Group, Los Angeles Community College District, The Phillips Family, Sherman Oaks and Encino Hospitals, Union Bank, US Bank, Valley Economic Development Center, Van Nuys Airport and West Hills Hospital.