Orphaned Starfish Foundation (OSF)’s second annual fundraising event “Party For A Purpose” held on May 3rd at 1Oak on Sunset Boulevard was a smash success, raising over $550K for the charity. The invitation only, red carpet event was enjoyed by guests who were treated to an exclusive nightclub experience with VIP bottle service and dancing to music played by top deejays Vice and Lauren Lane.
Superstar guest Mariah Carey danced the night away, while DJ Vice played her music, and at one point, she even took the microphone and sang along. Other celebrities taking part in the unforgettable evening included Rick Fox, Stacey Kiebler, Malik Yoba, Shaun Phillips and Tony Gonzales. This night was an eclectic mix of athletes, celebrities, and CEO’s dancing for a purpose.
Dedicated to working with orphans, victims of abuse and at-risk youth, OSF’s mission is to foster lasting change in the lives of the children it serves by giving them the opportunity to develop vocational skills through computer technology and gain employment, enabling them to overcome the cycle of poverty and abuse.
Victoria and Vinny Smith, founders of philanthropic foundation “Teach a Man to Fish Foundation” co-hosted the evening with philanthropist Gabriela Villacorta and Stratton Sclavos, founding partner of Vision Venture Partners and the new Vision Global Foundation.
Before the main event, guests were invited to a special reception held at Sclavos’ private equity firm, offering them a chance to network, mingle and learn about OSF and its cause. Scavlos’ company donated $100,000 to the foundation, in addition to his personal donation of $25,000. Vinny Smith, founder of Toba Capital, generously offered a matching grant of $100,000 on behalf of Teach a Man to Fish, in addition to the Smith’s commitment of a $25,000 table at the main event.
“We’re delighted by the success of our second annual event. OSF will continue to expand their programs, with the connections made at this event, OSF’s ultimate goal is for everyone to know who we are, who we represent, and for OSF programs to reach every country in the world, helping millions of children,” comments Victoria Smith.
“We never could have imagined the success that we achieved in Los Angeles this past Wednesday night. The generosity of our co-chairs and all the guests that supported Orphaned Starfish was beyond all expectations,” adds Andrew Stein, founder, OSF. “This night resulted in more than a half million in donations, these funds will change the lives of over 10,000 orphans, victims of abuse, victims of trafficking and at-risk youth around the world.”
Sponsors included Vision Venture Partners and its founding partners Stratton Sclavos, Amit Razaida, Rick Fox and Jace Hall and 1OAK, Toba Capital founder Vinny Smith, Victoria Smith, Trendy Butler, and Sports1 Marketing.
“These children were born into some of the most disadvantaged realities yet with the love and support of OSF they are able to transform themselves and reach goals that others with plenty more resources do not, and that’s the magical part about this organization,” says Philanthropist Gabriella Villacorta.
Andrew Stein founded the Orphaned Starfish Foundation (www.osf.org) in 2001 after visiting orphanages in Latin America and performing magic tricks for the children. He began OSF with the goal to help orphans, victims of abuse, victims of trafficking, and at-risk children worldwide escape their cycles of poverty and abuse through education and job training. Since then, he married his charity partner and professional singer, Dilia Stein who sings to the children and they both travel many months to visit every program during the year.
From humble beginnings building a small computer vocational training center in an orphanage in Santiago, Chile, they have built OSF to now serve over 10,000 children in 50 programs in 25 countries: USA, Argentina, Mexico, Costa Rica, Panama, Peru, Honduras, Bolivia, Chile, Brazil, Nicaragua, Dominican Republic, Guatemala, Ecuador, Haiti, Colombia, Ethiopia, Puerto Rico, El Salvador, Uruguay, Philippines, Kenya, Jamaica, American Samoa & Nepal. He has developed local partners in each of these countries, including Save the Children, Rotary Club, and USAID.