To accomplish great things, we must not only act, but also dream; not only plan, but also believe.
– Anatole France

For the Love of Hollywood Gala 2020
26 March 2020

(Pictured above) President Laurie Goldman and Chairman Alfred Fraijo, Jr.

Thank you to every Friend of the Hollywood Central Park who supported and celebrated For the Love of Hollywood Gala on January 16, 2020. For those who missed it or for those of you who can’t get enough, here is a recap of that magical evening.

For the Love of Hollywood Gala 2020 was a bittersweet celebration for FHCP. The annual event was dedicated in loving memory of Founding Board Member, Edward V. Hunt. It was with the deepest respect and profound gratitude that the FHCP Board of Directors created the Edward V. Hunt Distinguished Community Service Award to be awarded annually to an individual who, like Edward, cares passionately about their community, gives freely of their time and energy and in true Edward fashion is dedicated to making the world a better place. FHCP was honored to present this inaugural Award to Martha Hunt, an active community stakeholder, committed voice for what is right and fair and a champion of the Hollywood Central Park.

The Real Star of Hollywood awards were presented to Council Member David Ryu and LAPD West Bureau Commander Cory Palka – hear their heartfelt remarks by clicking on these links:

The festivities were hosted by none other than Tom LaBonge who returned for his third time as host of For the Love of Hollywood Gala. With his genuine love of Hollywood—especially The Park, Tom kept things moving on time and with a lot of humor. With their wit and charm, Gala Co-chairs Kyndra Casper and James W. Litz, demonstrated their passion and support for the Park, stirring the attendees to do likewise.

Heartfelt thanks to Assembly Member Richard Bloom and City Controller Ron Galperin whose inspirational remarks set the tone for the evening. And no Gala would be complete without a special acknowledgment to FHCP’s champion, Council Member Mitch O’Farrell.

FHCP gratefully acknowledges the many companies who sponsored this time-honored event and thanks them for their support.

Gathering as friends, colleagues and neighbors, attendees were committed to the same goal Building Our Park! This is what motivates all of us to do this every year. There were so many old friends and lots of new ones to share our beloved park with at our treasured Taglyan Center.


L to R: Nicholas Maricich, Director of Planning Policy and Development; Dr. Carol Armstrong, Mayor’s Office, City Services; AP Diaz, Executive Officer and Chief of Staff, LA Recreation and Parks, Barbara Romero, Deputy Mayor and Robert Philibosian, former LA District Attorney


L to R: Gary Safady, Joan Pelico, Chief of Staff, CD 5 and Council Member David Ryu


L to R: Kyndra Casper, Gala Co-Chair and FHCP Board of Directors, Greg Beck, Champion Real Estate Company and Benjamin Thompson, LAPD


L to R: Scott Rynders, FHCP Board of Directors, Sarah Drobis, Gibson Transportation and Thaddeus Hunter Smith, FHCP Board of Directors

Again, we thank our Hollywood community, for your continued commitment to the Hollywood Central Park. The Hollywood Central Park is the right thing to do for business. It’s the right thing to do for our children. It’s the right thing to do for Hollywood.

Looking forward to seeing you next year at For the Love of Hollywood Gala!