Sugar Ray Leonard hosted the HollyRod Foundation’s 18th Annual Design Care Gala on Saturday, July 16 in Los Angeles, CA. Held at the boxing legend’s private estate in Pacific Palisades, the star studded black-tie fundraiser was attended by Arsenio Hall, Daisy Fuentes, Rev. Jesse Jackson, NBA All-Star Chris Paul, Alan Thicke and many more while benefiting autism and Parkinson’s disease.
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Now in its 18th year, the Annual Design Care Gala featured a special musical performance by Ledisi and Joshua Ledet, and a fashion show by designer Michael Costello.
The Gala also honored Chris Paul (NBA – Los Angeles Clippers) with the 2016 HollyRod Autism Angel on the Path Award, Latonzia Montgomery (mother of three children with autism) with the 2016 HollyRod Autism Champion Award, Kevin Keller (Board member, Doug Flutie Jr. Foundation for Autism) with the 2016 HollyRod Autism Champion Award, and Target with the 2016 HollyRod Corporate Champion Award.
Inspired by a father and a son, HollyRod Foundation was formed in 1997 by actress, Holly Robinson Peete and her husband former NFL quarterback, Rodney Peete.
The HollyRod Foundation is dedicated to providing help and hope to those living with autism and Parkinson’s disease.
In honor of Holly’s father, Matthew T. Robinson Jr., HollyRod partnered with the Center for Parkinson’s Research and Movement Disorders at the Keck School of Medicine at the University of Southern California to establish The HollyRod Compassionate Care Program with the mission to improve the quality of life of people with Parkinson’s. The program provides patient services including physician consultations, physical therapy, counseling services and ambulation aids to those who have little or no healthcare insurance and limited financial resources.
After Holly and Rodney’s eldest son, RJ, was diagnosed with autism, HollyRod’s mission expanded to provide support and resources to families also affected by an autism diagnosis. Like Parkinson’s, autism can decimate families physically, emotionally and most of all financially.