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Robert Downey Jr. to be honored by Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles at 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala on December 7


October 12, 2016

Robert Downey Jr.

“Iron Man” and “The Avengers” Star to Receive “Shining Star Award” for Helping Make Wishes Come True at Magical Night to Remember

HOLLYWOOD, October 6, 2016 – Academy Award®-nominated actor Robert Downey Jr., one of  today’s most prominent and influential actors, will receive the Make-A-Wish Greater Los Angeles Shining Star Award at the 4th Annual Wishing Well Winter Gala 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 Shining Star Award honors individuals who embody the organization's mission to make a lasting impact on children and their families through the power of a wish.

Said Aton: “We are thrilled to honor Robert Downey Jr. for his long-time dedication and generosity to Make-A-Wish.  Robert has granted dozens of wishes for children around the world, and many more kids wish to meet him. Beyond the hope, strength and joy he personally brings to wish families, Robert has donated funds through his foundation that allow many other children’s wishes to come true. In our eyes, and in the eyes of our kids, he is a real-life hero.”

One wish that Downey Jr. recently fulfilled was with nine-year-old Domenic, who has cystic fibrosis. Dominic’s one true wish was to be a superhero, and Downey Jr. worked with Make-A-Wish to make that dream come true. Downey Jr. also surprised seven-year-old Alex, who was born missing most of his right arm, by presenting Alex with a specially-made replica of Iron Man's famous arm.

Downey Jr. is best-known for his role as Iron Man in Iron Man, Iron Man 2, The Avengers, Iron Man 3, Avengers: Age of Ultron and Captain America: Civil War. In 1992, Downey received an Academy Award nomination and won the BAFTA (British Academy Award) for Best Actor for his performance in the title role of Chaplin.  His other achievements include two additional Academy Award nominations, three Golden Globe wins, numerous other award nominations and wins, and tremendous popular and commercial success, particularly for his roles as Sherlock Holmes and Iron Man.

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. During the past three years, 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. 

In addition to the award presentations, the evening will include entertainment, cocktails, sit-down dinner, one-of-a-kind silent and live auction items and wish granting. Additional award honorees will be announced shortly.

Join our generous presenting sponsor, The Goldwin Foundation, along with many other partners and donors, in supporting the 4th Annual Make-A-Wish Wishing Well Winter Gala.

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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