Aviva honored a group of people who have distinguished themselves not merely by their accomplishments, but also by their unwavering commitments to youth, social issues, and Aviva.
Directors Guild of America President Paris Barclay received Aviva’s Artistic Excellence Award for his strong advocacy for adoption and foster youth. Actor Mark-aul Gosselaar introduced Barclay who gave an emotional acceptance speech on the importance of adoption.
Aviva honored the powerful documentary film, “I am Jane Doe,” with its Impact Award. This film chronicles the battles that several American mothers wage on behalf of their underage daughters who were victims of sex trafficking. Producers Lorna Auerbach and Alex
Sokolow accepted the award and shared the compelling insights to this painful issue.
Wrenn and Bill Chais are this year’s recipients of Aviva’s Humanitarian Award, in recognition of their long-time commitment to Aviva and foster youth. In addition to serving on Aviva’s board of directors, Wren is a Court Appointed Special Advocate (CASA) of Los Angeles where she advocates for foster youth and is of counsel to Locke Lord. Bill Chais is a writer, producer, and director of episodic television and currently is the executive producer of the NBC drama series “Chicago Justice.” He has volunteered at Aviva’s Residential Treatment Center for more than a decade.
Proceeds from the 2017 A Gala will benefit Aviva’s programs which include foster card and adoption, residential treatment for teen youth, and mental health, and social services for children and their families.