Charlie Awards honor Sherman

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Independent Staff Report

HOLLYWOOD — The Hollywood Arts Council presented its 28th annual Charlie Awards Luncheon in the Blossom Room of the Hollywood Roosevelt Hotel last Friday.

Charlie Awards were presented in seven categories. Film composer Richard Sherman received the Music Arts Award, Newfilmmakers Los Angeles received the Cinema Arts Award, George Pennacchio received the Media Arts Award, Open Fist Theatre received the Theatre Arts Award, Pink’s Hot Dogs won the Inaugural Culinary Arts Award, Christy McAvoy of Historic Resources Group won the Preservation Arts Award and the Hollywood Christmas Parade produced by Associated Television International won the Entertainment Arts Award.

Shauna McClure, executive director of the Hollywood Arts Council said: “This was the record breaking year of all time in the Hollywood Arts Council’s 36-year history. We raised $110,000 at this year’s luncheon.”

Funds raised from the awards program and an online auction will help benefit the council’s Project S.O.A.R. (Students Overcoming All Risks) serving thousands of elementary school children who do not have access to art or artistic direction in Hollywood schools. The Charlie Awards also provide support for the council’s annual Free Children’s Festival of the Arts held annually every second Sunday in June at Paramount Pictures, as well as other worthy and necessary community efforts.

The ceremony was emceed by ABC7 Television’s Pennacchio, who was also an award recipient.

Celebrity and VIP award presenters included students from Selma Elementary School under the musical direction of Melissa Berman, along with Hollywood Arts Council Executive Director Shauna McClure, Joe Spano, Jon Huertas, City Councilman Tom LaBonge, U.S. Rep. Adam B. Schiff, Joe Mantegna and Leonard Maltin.

A special musical presentation of songs by

Film composer Richard Sherman poses with students from Selma Avenue Elementary School and their choir director Melissa Berman at the 28th annual Charlie Awards last Friday. The students performed songs Sherman wrote with his late brother Robert for Disney musicals. Photo by Michael Schwartz

Film composer Richard Sherman poses with students from Selma Avenue Elementary School and their choir director Melissa Berman at the 28th annual Charlie Awards last Friday. The students performed songs Sherman wrote with his late brother Robert for Disney musicals.
Photo by Michael Schwartz

and his brother Robert was performed by students from Selma Avenue School in Hollywood.

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