2020 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner - Canceled

Our work to confront bigotry and hate remains. We still need your support.

The Los Angeles Benefit Dinner has been canceled.

Out of concern for everyone’s health and safety, Facing History and Ourselves has made the difficult decision to cancel our 2020 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner scheduled for March 12, 2020.

However, the critical need to fund and expand our work to confront bigotry and hate remains. Our annual benefit dinner is an opportunity for our community to come together to celebrate our teachers and students, and to renew our commitment to this work.

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Honoring Eric Hirshberg

Eric Hirshberg is an accomplished CEO and creative leader in two different industries. Most recently, Eric was the CEO of Activision. During his eight-year tenure, he presided over several of the most successful entertainment launches in history while also helping to land Activision | Blizzard on Fortune’s “100 Best Places to Work” and Fast Company’s “50 Most Innovative Companies” lists for the first time. Previously, Eric was the CEO and Chief Creative Officer of the advertising agency Deutsch LA. Under his leadership, Deutsch LA grew from a handful of employees into a world-renowned industry juggernaut, winning "Agency of the Year" from Adweek or AdAge six times in a decade.  

Eric has earned numerous coveted awards for both business and creative excellence, including being named one of the “10 Most Influential People in Marketing” by AdAge and one of the “50 Most Creative People in Business” by Creativity magazine. Eric was also inducted into the Advertising Hall of Achievement, and was twice named the Advertising Agency Association’s Creative Leader of the Year.

Eric’s philanthropic efforts extend beyond financial support and include his creative leadership and vision to the causes and organizations he supports. He sits on the board of the UCLA School of Arts and Architecture, his alma mater, where he was elected to give the commencement address in 2015. He also sits on the board of the XPRIZE Foundation, a non-profit dedicated to solving the world’s grand challenges through prized competitions. He has twice won XPRIZE’s Visioneering Award for his leadership on both the Global Literacy and Water Abundance XPRIZEs. 

Eric recently created the non-profit Will Work for Change to provide world-class creative communications to mission-driven organizations. Notable projects include campaigns for the closing of the 2018 election for the Democratic National Committee, UCLA’s Hammer Museum, and most recently, Facing History and Ourselves.

Upstander Award Recipient Arianne Edmonds

We are honored to present Arianne Edmonds with the Facing History and Ourselves 2020 Los Angeles Upstander Award.

Arianne Edmonds is a proud 5th generation Angeleno, an activist, archivist, and civic leader. In 2017 she founded the J.L. Edmonds Project, an initiative dedicated to preserving the legacy of The Liberator, an early 20th-century Los Angeles African American newspaper, whose owner and editor, Jefferson Lewis Edmonds, was born enslaved and spent twenty years in bondage before Emancipation. Ms. Edmonds has curated and exhibited her work connected to Black Angeleno history and culture, and African American memory and legacy with numerous institutional partners around the country including the California African American Museum and the LA Public Library Department of Cultural Affairs.

She was recently featured in the New York Times 1619 Project and currently works with the U.S. Census Bureau Open Innovation Lab. In 2019 Ms. Edmonds received the 40 under 40 Emerging Civic Leaders award presented by the LA County Board of Supervisors.

Honorary Leadership

Honorary Committee

Charlene Achki-Repko
Colette Bablon Ament & Gerald Ament
Cecilia Barajas & Mitch Lasky
Mitra Best & Marc Silverman
Joanne & Scott Blum
Meredith & Tom Brokaw
Kim & Donick Cary
Pamela & Loren Cohen
Stacie & Aaron Cohen
The Conn Family
David Coronel
Peter Diamandis
Tom Dunlap
William D. Feldman
Sue & Larry Hochberg
Andrea Iloulian & Joseph Greenberg
Eunice Lee
Harry and Yvonne Lenart Charitable Foundation
Anna Lewis & Alex Israel
Peter Mainstain
Brock Moseley
Ann F. & Thomas L. Pfister
Carrie & Ken Richman
Lora & Robert Sandroni
MyKhanh & Scott Shelton
Florence & Harry Sloan
Sue Smalley & Kevin Wall
Eric Springer
Amie Steir & Matt Jarvis
Jesse Stern
David Stohl
Karen Sulzberger & Eric M. A. Lax
Margot & Ben Tishler
Alysa Watanabe & Kevin Kurimoto
Janice White
Judy Wise
Mandy & Jonathan Wolf


NextUp Benefit Co-Chairs

Joanna August & Brent Morley
Kira & Jordan Bahat
Lizzie Cohen
Lisa Conn & Joe Wilson
Amanda Donenfeld
Alex Kelman & Danny Hirsch
Perri & Phil Sun


Lists in formation.


We would like to thank the following corporate sponsors for their generous support of the 2020 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner:

Bronze Benefactor



Facing History and Ourselves offers sponsorship opportunities to businesses, foundations, and individuals interested in supporting our 2020 Los Angeles Benefit Dinner. Please contact Christine Torre at [email protected] or at 213-202-2811 x821 for more information on sponsorship opportunities.

Our Work in Los Angeles & Southern California

From the San Fernando Valley to downtown Los Angeles to San Diego, our network of over 8,500 local educators reaches more than 580,000 middle and high school students in over 1,300 public, religious, and independent schools throughout Southern California each year. We offer educators resources and workshops on topics including bullying, the Holocaust, and race and membership in American history.

Learn More at the Los Angeles Office Page

Los Angeles Advisory Board

Eunice Lee, Chair*

Charlene Achki-Repko
Colette Bablon Ament**
Jordan Bahat
Kira Bahat
Joanne Blum
Aaron Cohen
Pamela Rubin Cohen
Lisa Conn
William D. Feldman**
Andrea Iloulian
Rita Lurie
Jake Neuberg
Andrew S. Pauly**
Carrie Richman**
Dr. Terrence Roberts**
MyKhanh Shelton*
Florence Sloan
Jesse Stern
Dave Stohl
Margaret Stohl
Karen Sulzberger
Janice White
Mandy Adams Wolf

*Board of Directors
**Leadership Council

Contact Us

For more information, contact Christine Torre at [email protected] or at 213-202-2811 x821.

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