Sometimes the smallest actions have widespread effects not just at home but around the world. Before the madness of the Oscars begins celebrities from every industry came out to show their support for the Unlikely Heroes foundation in a gifting ceremony that brought the organization into the spotlight.
Unlikely Heroes is a non-profit foundation created to rescue children who are sold for sex in America and overseas. First launched in 2011 with a small team of volunteers, the organization rescued 10 girls out of brothels in the Philippines and placed them into a restoration home within its first month.
Held inside the swanky Beverly Hills Confidential nightclub, the mood on Saturday was relaxed and cheery. With vendors spread throughout the club, those in attendance seemed to treat the event as a large break in their schedule, a chance to hang with some old friends and make new ones. The mix was rather eclectic as stars like Adam Rose of Weeds mingled with Playboy playmate Hope Dworaczyk (The Celebrity Apprentice), and Kellen Lutz of The Twilight Saga (pictured with Unlikely Heroes founder Erica Greve) chatted with Kyle Massey of Disney’s That’s So Raven.
It was a nice change to see celebrities let loose and feel truly comfortable. It’s true that there were cameras around but not many and the intimate nature of the event created a relaxed atmosphere. Massey, more than anyone else in attendance, seemed to be embracing it the most. More than once, he could be seen dancing from booth to booth with a huge smile on his face. He is the kind of actor made for the Disney Channel.
The real star of the afternoon was the Unlikely Heroes foundation. A Cinderella story onto itself, the foundation continues to reach more and more children in need every day. By the end of 2012, the organization is hoping to open new homes in Cleveland, Ohio, and Thailand, along with an outreach center in San Francisco.