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Sep 28, 2011

Ashton Kutcher, Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, Julie Bowen and More Celebrated LA's Promise 2011 Gala Honoring Ryan Seacrest and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa

Attendees included honorees Ryan Seacrest and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with guests Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, E!'s Ashlan Gorse, Julie Bowen, Peter & Megan Chernin, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Erik Feig, Wallis Annenberg and more.

LOS ANGELES (September 28, 2011) - LA's Promise, a nonprofit organization, working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for youth in South Los Angeles, hosted their 2011 Gala Honoring Ryan Seacrest and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa last night, Tuesday, September 27th at the Kodak Theater, featuring a private screening of Cirque du Soleil's first LA resident show, IRIS.+

Attendees included honorees Ryan Seacrest and Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with guests Julianne Hough, Randy Jackson, E!'s Ashlan Gorse, Julie Bowen, Peter & Megan Chernin, Jeffrey Katzenberg, Ryan Kavanaugh, Erik Feig, Wallis Annenberg and more, along with LA's Promise Board Chair Stephen Prough with Principals, teachers and students from LA's Promise schools. Ashton Kutcher presented Ryan Seacrest with his LA's Promise honor.

Guests enjoyed an exclusive reception hosted in the Grand Ballroom followed by Ryan Seacrest's award presentation presented by Randy Jackson, LA's Promise Board Chair Stephen Prough, Principal Nisha Dugal and Ashton Kutcher in the Kodak Theater.

LA's Promise, a nonprofit organization, working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for youth in South Los Angeles, serves 8,000 students at two high schools and one middle school. The LA's Promise Gala has recognized some of the most prominent businessmen and entertainers including Tom Cruise, Tom Rothman and Jim Gianopulos, Kathleen Kennedy and Frank Marshall and Kevin Sharer.

The 2011 Event Chairs include Wallis Annenberg, Gretchen & Steve Burke, Megan & Peter Chernin, Randy Jackson, Kathleen Kennedy & Frank Marshall, Kathy & John Kissick, Robert Pittman, Marina Berti & Stephen Prough, Peter Rice, Tom Rothman, Cheryl & Haim Saban, Kevin Sharer, and Cindy & Sheldon Stone.

The Board of Directors for LA's Promise includes Megan Chernin, Stephanie Christie, Erik Feig, Rick Hess, John Kissick, Elizabeth Mann, Frank Marshall, Brian McNamee, Vanessa Morrison, Stephen Prough, Alison Temple, Tom Vander Ark, and Emma Watts. The Board of Advisors for LA's Promise includes Peter Chernin, Robert Huizenga, Ron Sugar, Ivelisse Estrada, Robert Iger, and Kevin Sharer.

About LA's Promise

LA's Promise, a nonprofit organization, is working to radically shift the education, health and social outcomes for thousands of youth in one South Los Angeles community. This will accomplish a "neighborhood turnaround" in an area we call LA's Promise Neighborhood. LA's Promise Neighborhood is an enrollment zone that includes two large South LA high schools and one middle school operated by LA's Promise on a first-of-its- kind performance contract with LAUSD. Within this zone, LA's Promise transforms chronically failing public schools, opens new schools and re-makes schools into community hubs that offer comprehensive support services for students and families. By doing this, LA's Promise will prepare every child in LA's Promise Neighborhood to be college-ready, healthy and successful in life. LA's Promise also screens and manages more than 60 partners who support these school communities by providing over 200 wraparound services.

LA's Promise is a leader in the national school turnaround movement, showing undeniable results, rapid improvements and early dramatic gains. To learn more about LA's Promise visit www.laspromise.org.

MEDIA CONTACTS

Brittany Geldmacher - 42West
424-901-8738
Brittany.Geldmacher@42west.net

Nichol Whiteman - LA's Promise
213-745-4928 ext 5121
nwhiteman@laspromise.org