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BBYO Honors Henry Winkler at Los Angeles Gala

October 25, 2007

On October 11, more than 150 BBYO alumni and entertainment industry professionals joined together at BBYO's first annual Los Angeles Gala. The evening included an elegant reception and dinner before the presentation of the Inspiration Award by Garry Marshall to Henry Winkler for his dedication to the Jewish community throughout his more than 30-year career in the entertainment industry.

Held at the Skirball Cultural Center, the Gala was hosted by National BBYO Board of Directors member and Los Angeles Board Chair, Jonathan Anschell. Other speakers included former Grand Aleph Godol, Rabbi Dan Moskovitz; California State Assemblyman, Lloyd Levine; International VP of Membership (Aym Ha Chaverot), Lauren Shenfeld; BBYO Board of Directors Chair, Howard Wohl; and BBYO's Executive Director, Matthew Grossman. A highlight of the evening was the comical presentation of the Inspiration Award by Happy Days creator, Garry Marshall, and the equally humorous acceptance of the award by Henry Winkler. In addition to a number of other high profile Hollywood players, in the audience was Don Most, who played Ralph Malph on Happy Days and came to support his former co-star.

With so many alumni looking back on their time in BBYO as such "happy days," choosing Henry Winkler as the honoree of the first Los Angeles Gala, was an appropriate choice. Winkler has had a successful 30-year career in Hollywood, including 10 seasons as "The Fonz" on Happy Days. The Los Angeles Alumni Board chose to honor Winkler not only for his distinguished career, but also because of his tremendous community activism, especially with children. The list of groups with which he is associated is as long as his resume of acting credits and includes Honorary Chairman of United Friends of the Children; Founding Member of the Children's Action Network; and National Chairman of the annual Toys for Tots campaign.

A huge thank you goes to LA Board Chair Jonathan Anschell, Gala Co-Chairs Allison Pieter and David Cohan, and the entire Los Angeles Alumni Board. For more information on how to get involved with alumni activities, please register at fan.bbyo.org.

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