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Emmy Award Winner and EXTRA Host Mario Lopez To Host Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles' "4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala" On December 7th


November 10, 2016

Mario Lopez

Gala Will Honor Academy Award®-Winner Robert Downey Jr.,  

Entertainment Industry Power Broker Scooter Braun and LA Kings

HOLLYWOOD, November 10, 2016 – Two-time Emmy® Award winner and EXTRA host Mario Lopez will host 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.

As previously announced, the Gala will honor Academy Award®-winner Robert Downey Jr, entertainment industry power broker and multimedia entrepreneur Scooter Braun and the LA Kings, who are celebrating their 50th anniversary. The evening will include a live performance from Grammy®-nominated artist Tori Kelly, cocktails, a sit-down dinner, silent and live auctions and special wish granting.

Said Aton:  “It’s fitting that Mario Lopez will host this year’s Gala. Mario is passionate about youth and children’s causes, and we’re thrilled to have him as part of the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles family. With his wide range of talents, generosity of spirit, positive energy and deep connection to our wish kids, we’re betting he’s going to inject our evening with a whole new level of fun and excitement.”  

Lopez is best known to television audiences as A.C. Slater from NBC’s popular teen comedy series, Saved by the Bell. Since then, he has diversified his career to include everything from acting, to dancing, to hosting talk shows. In addition to his Emmy award winning daily hosting stints on EXTRA, Lopez hosts the nationwide iHeartMedia radio shows On with Mario Lopez and iHeartRadio Countdown with Mario Lopez, and is a recurring commentator on HBO Boxing. Lopez danced his way to the finals in the third season of ABC’s hit show Dancing with the Stars. He successfully completed his first run on Broadway starring in the long running hit musical A Chorus Line as “Zach.” Lopez revived his guest-starring role as Dr. Mike Hamoui on the final season of F/X Network’s popular show Nip/Tuck. Other credits include Holiday in Handcuffs (ABC Family) and Husband for Hire (Oxygen), Pet Star and the X Factor. Passionate about youth and children’s causes, Lopez’s charitable work includes serving as an Alumni Ambassador of Fitness for the Boys & Girls Clubs of America (BGCA).

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, 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, Oaktree Capital Management, O’Melveny, Paul Hastings LLP, sbe, Skadden Arps Slate Meagher & Flom LLP, Wells Fargo, Woodridge Capital Partners, LLC.

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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