Peter Twyman, CEO of Keep a Child Alive (KCA) proudly announced today that this year’s Dream Halloween® events, on October 21 in New York and in Los Angeles October 27, raised more than $640,000 for KCA – funds that will help provide lifesaving care to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. The New York event at the Hard Rock Cafe which featured a performance by Australian pop singer Cody Simpson, was hosted by Padma Lakshmi from “Top Chef,” and welcomed guests including Cody’s sister Alli Simpson and famed music producer L.A. Reid. Meanwhile, this past weekend’s event at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, Calif., featured a performance by actress and singer Victoria Justice. Best known for her roles on Nickelodeon’s VICTORIOUS and the upcoming Paramount Pictures film FUN SIZE, Justice sang eight songs including her smash hit “Make It Shine” to a crowd of guests which included Doris Roberts, Mark Deklin and Tony Dovolani, among others. Both events honored Joe Cristina, founder of Children Affected by AIDS Foundation (CAAF) and now a member of the KCA Board of Directors.
“Our Dream Halloween events were great successes this year due to the support of our fantastic sponsors including Mattel, our guests and extraordinary performances by Cody Simpson and Victoria Justice,” said Peter Twyman, CEO of KCA. “The funds generously raised will provide much needed HIV/AIDS treatment to those throughout the world.”
A beloved annual family event in both New York and Los Angeles, children enjoyed walking down the Trick-or-Treat Lane receiving toys from founding sponsor Mattel, Inc., face painting, arts and crafts, cupcake decorating, food from local restaurants, appearances from favorite childhood characters and more. Toys “R” Us, Inc. was an additional sponsor for Dream Halloween® Los Angeles. Since 1994, this premier bi-coastal Halloween family event has raised more than $16.6 million for those in need. All proceeds benefit Keep a Child Alive (KCA) in their efforts to improve the lives of those impacted by HIV/AIDS in the U.S. and other countries.
Founded in 2003, KCA provides lifesaving AIDS treatment, care and support to children and families affected by HIV/AIDS in Africa and India. Fundraising proceeds help KCA fund clinical and orphan projects in India, Kenya, Rwanda, Uganda and South Africa. To date, KCA has served over 300,000 people.
We headed out to the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica to catch all the action from Dream Halloween Los Angeles. Check out our photos and interviews below.
Happy Halloween from all of us here at CelebSecrets4U!
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