It was an evening full of great art for a great cause at the Safe Place For Youth “Face 2 Face” fundraising gala Saturday night. Actress Bellamy Young (Scandal) hosted the benefit to raise awareness for the homeless youth population in Los Angeles.
Young was joined by celebrity guests Tom Everett Scott, Tobin Bell, Rusty Joiner, and Annalise Basso along with 300 other attendees who all came out to give a face to one of society’s most vulnerable and overlooked populations.
“It’s tremendously important. There’s so many young people that don’t have any resources and it could happen to any of us,” said actor Tobin Bell when speaking on why he supports the work the Safe Place for Youth does. “I just think the SPY People are doing an amazing job because they’re using their time and energy and all their resources to support people that without them would have no support at all. When someone is struggling to be able to have a place to go that you can feel safe, and you can feel supported and you can feel like you’ve got some resources; whether it’s a place to take a shower or to get something to eat; it’s just a great thing. I’m just happy to come here and support the effort.”
Held at the Santa Monica Museum of Art Bergamot Station, the event featured special portraits created by local artists through the “Mirror Mirror” project as well as pieces donated from private collections around Los Angeles. The “Miror Mirror” project teamed up local artists along with homeless youth. The artists painted portraits of the youth and vice versa. The fund-raiser also included a silent auction with pieces from the “Mirror Mirror” project along with autographed memorabilia, hotel stays and more.
Safe Place for Youth(S.P.Y.) works to inspire, nurture, and empower the human spirit of homeless youth by providing effective long-term solutions. Since 2012, over 1,000 individual youth have been served at the Venice drop-in center.
Watch our VIDEO interview with Host Bellamy Young above!