A Black-ish Night Indeed: Actress Jenifer Lewis hosted the The Coalition for At-Risk Youth: “Carry On”, an Enchanting Star Studded Evening.

Friday, November 6, 2015 at the Intercontinental Hotel, Century City.

Jenifer Lewis at The C.A.R.R.Y. organization Annul Event

By:  Charles Catanese, Ph.D.

Century City, CA – Over 200 of Southern California’s most influential and socially conscious supporters walked the red carpet and attended the organization’s annual fundraising event of the year at the Intercontinental Grand Ballroom, Century City.

Jeniffer Lewis, Dr. Pearl Grimes, Atty. Debra Opri
Jeniffer Lewis, Dr. Pearl Grimes, Atty. Debra Opri

In addition to Veteran film & TV entertainer Jenifer Lewis, who hosted the event and stars in the hit sitcom “Black-ish”, a number of celebrities including Marilyn Mccoo and Billy Davis, Jr.( 5th Dimension), Kate Linder (Young & The Restless), Black-ish Actors Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribne, actors Blanca Blanco and John Savage, Atty. Debra Opri, among others graced the event.

The C.A.R.R.Y. organization, was founded by esteemed celebrity dermatologist, Dr. Pearl Grimes, and is dedicated to improving the lives of foster and at-risk youth by providing pro-bono dermatological services and life-changing social skills and scholarship programs.

Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. arrives at the red carpet of C.A.R.R.Y. event, Intercontinental Hotel Century City CA
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis Jr. graced the red carpet of C.A.R.R.Y. event, Intercontinental Hotel Century City CA

Dr. Grimes is not only the founder of the organization but is intimately involved with the children. During the event Jenifer Lewis said “Dr. Pearl Grimes is doing so much for these children. I’ve been to the center. Last time I was there we did yoga and poetry. Dr. Pearl Grimes is always there leading and helping them, loving them”.

During the cocktail hour, before the ceremonies began, guests were treated to wonderful tapas and delightful drinks . Afterwards, during the event, Jenifer Lewis entertained the attendees with song and comedic fun while discussing the importance of C.A.R.R.Y.’s work. Lest the night be over, there was dancing and a delicious vegetarian buffet and, of course, THE CHARITY RAFFLE.

Black-ish Actors Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner
Black-ish Actors Yara Shahidi and Marcus Scribner attended C.A.R.R.Y.

All in all, a night to remember not only for the fun and gaiety but for the seriousness and purpose of the event. Thousands of children are in need of help in cities around our nation and C.A.R.R.Y. is indeed doing its part to provide services that will save and build lives of youth in need. Thanks to all the people at C.A.R.R.Y., the Celebrities, Guests and Press that made this event so successful.

Actors Blanca Blanco and John Savage,
Actors Blanca Blanco and John Savage,



The Coalition for At-Risk Youth is an all-volunteer effort led by Dr. Pearl E. Grimes. In less than ten years, they have raised over $1 million, helped thousands of foster kids and sponsored hundreds with their unique programs manned by volunteers who are devoted to build character and self-esteem of children who often never had any via arts & crafts, entertainment, dance and horseback riding. They are completely dependent upon fundraising activities and private donations. They receive no state, federal or local funding. For more information 323-302-0412. For additional information, please visit: http://www.foratriskyouth.org

Photo Credit: Lola Catanese

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