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Don Cheadle Joins Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles' Star-Studded Gala Honoring Robert Downey Jr. And Host Mario Lopez On December 7


November 16, 2016

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Don Cheadle will Present Robert Downey Jr. with Shining Star Award;

Tori Kelly and X Ambassadors Will Perform at 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala

HOLLYWOOD, Nov. 16, 2016 – Oscar®-nominated actor Don Cheadle joins the star-studded lineup to present Robert Downey Jr. with the Shining Star Award at the 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala presented by Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles on December 7, 2016 at the Hollywood Palladium, it was announced today by Neal Aton, President and CEO of Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles.

The Gala, hosted by two-time Emmy® winner and EXTRA host Mario Lopez, will also honor entertainment industry power broker and multi-media entrepreneur Scooter Braun and the Los Angeles Kings, and will feature performances by Grammy®-nominated artist Tori Kelly and the X Ambassadors.

Cheadle will present Oscar®-nominated Downey Jr. with the Shining Star Award for the dozens of wishes that he has granted to children around the world. Cheadle and Downey have starred together in numerous Marvel franchises such as Iron Man 2, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War.

Entertainment industry entrepreneur Scooter Braun will receive the Humanitarian Award, presented by Tori Kelly, who will also perform. Braun has granted hundreds of wishes for Make-A-Wish through his talent roster that includes Kelly, Justin Bieber and Ariana Grande.

The LA Kings are being honored with the first ever Power of a Wish Award because of the team’s many years of philanthropy, wish granting and involvement helping to further the Make-A-Wish mission. Hockey star and former team captain Luc Robitaille will accept the award on the Kings’ behalf. The Power of a Wish Award will be presented by wish kids whose special wish was to meet the Kings.

The Make-A-Wish awards are presented at the annual Wishing Well Winter Gala, where entertainment executives, celebrities, top business executives, community and civic leaders, medical professionals and philanthropists celebrate the children and families whose lives have been changed forever by the power of a wish. Since its start in 2013, these meaningful events have collectively raised almost $3 million for wish kids living in Greater Los Angeles. Past honorees include sports stars Kobe Bryant, Landon Donovan and Oscar de la Hoya; philanthropists Sam Nazarian and Michael Rosenfeld; and medical pioneers Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, OneLegacy and Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA. 

The Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala is proudly sponsored by: Presenting Sponsor: The Goldwin Foundation; Star Catchers Sponsors: Jacqueline M. Glass Family, Kennedy Wilson, Mattel, Inc., OneLegacy, Shegerian & Associates, The Walt Disney Company; Reception Sponsor: Security Benefit; Heroes Sponsors: AECOM, Artemis Real Estate Partners, CAA, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Colony Capital, Drew & Jill Lawton, Eastdil Secured, Gibson Dunn & Crutcher, Hudson Pacific Properties, Integral Communities, Lockton Insurance Brokers, Mattel Children’s Hospital UCLA, Morgan Stanley Real Estate, Nickelodeon, Oaktree Capital Management, O’Melveny, Paul Hastings LLP, sbe, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Wells Fargo, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC.

Media Credentials:   To request credentials to cover the red carpet, please apply online at Deadline is Friday, December 2

About Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles

Founded in 1983 and now in its 33rd year, Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles has granted more than 9,300 wishes to children living in the communities throughout Los Angeles County. Annually in Los Angeles, the chapter grants about 350 wishes locally, and there are nearly twice as many more eligible children waiting their turn. 

Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles is part of a national organization that grants the wishes of children with life-threatening medical conditions to enrich the human experience with hope, strength and joy. Make-A-Wish is one of the world's leading children's charities, serving children in every community in the United States and its territories. With the help of generous donors and more than 28,000 volunteers, Make-A-Wish grants a wish somewhere in the country every 35 minutes. It has granted more than 270,000 wishes in the U.S. since its inception in 1980.

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