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    Thank you for being a part of The Unusual Suspects 11th Annual Gala!




    Laura Leigh Hughes
    Laura Leigh Hughes

    Laura Leigh Hughes

    Laura Leigh Hughes is an accomplished actress, known for the film Virtuosity, The X-Files, and others. She is also the founder of The Unusual Suspects Theatre Company and sits on the Advisory Council. Naturally, Laura Leigh has been one of our biggest champions for 26 years!
    Malcolm M. Mays
    Malcolm M. Mays

    Malcolm M. Mays

    Malcolm M. Mays is an actor, Grammy-nominated musician and filmmaker who co-directed his first short film at age 15. Malcolm recently starred in two seasons of the John Singleton series Snowfall on FX, and he is currently working with Warner Bros. and Overbrook Entertainment to write, produce, and direct upcoming films. A system-engaged youth and theatre arts education alumni, Malcolm has been a supporter of The Unusual Suspects since 2017, and has even performed as one of our Page Play readers at Camp Gonzalez and Dorothy Kirby Center (LA County Probation Camps).
    Nina Tassler & Jerry Levine
    Nina Tassler & Jerry Levine

    Nina Tassler & Jerry Levine

    Nina Tassler was named Chairman, CBS Entertainment, in February 2014. Serving as President since 2004, she led CBS Entertainment to be named America’s #1 Network during 12 of the 13 years of her tenure before announcing she would step down at the end of 2015. Currently a Producer, Nina is a partner/co-founder in PatMa Productions alongside acclaimed director/producer Denise Di Novi. Under PatMa, the team is developing a variety of film, television and theatre projects with an emphasis on inclusion. Additionally, in 2017, Tassler successfully published her first book, “What I Told My Daughter: Lessons from Leaders on Raising the Next Generation of Empowered Women” through Simon & Schuster. Jerry Levine is an actor, director, and producer. As an actor, Jerry played the iconic character, “Stiles,” opposite Michael J Fox in Teen Wolf, and then went on to star in Oliver Stone’s Born on the Fourth of July opposite Tom Cruise. Jerry has appeared in over one hundred episodes of television, and in addition to his acting work, Jerry has helmed over one hundred episodes of TV. Most recently he served as the Co‐EP and directed all episodes of Hit the Road (DirecTV’s Audience Network), starring Jason Alexander. Jerry was the longtime Producer/Director on the hit series Everybody Hates Chris and has directed episodes of It's Always Sunny in Philadelphia, Raising Hope, and Monk among many others. Jerry also created ACT ONE, a production company sponsored by Showtime, Paramount, and Viacom. Together, Nina and Jerry have supported our programs for almost a decade.


    Shawn Amos, Bradford Bancroft, Rachel Bloom, Nancy Carell, Stephen and Sherie Carroll, Tameka Carter, Donna Cashdan, Karen Chou, Ed Coghlan, Sally Fairman, Markese Freeman, Annabeth Gish, Rachel Goldberg, Bruce Greenwood & Susan Devlin, Laura Leigh Hughes, David Henry Hwang, Sydney Kamlager-Dove, Deborah Lintz, Annie Lukowski, Lara Magnusen, Reba McEntire, Johnny Ortiz, Luis J. Rodriguez, Elizabeth Silver, Julie Tugend, Kirsten Vangsness


    On May 7, 2019, over 250 guests enjoyed an invite-only night of entertainment celebrating the work of our youth, and the power of our theatre-based programs to heal, educate and enrich those we serve. Every dollar raised goes towards our vital programs. Guests included a VIP roster of celebrity, entertainment, corporate and sports figures who enjoyed bidding or the chance to win high-end auction and raffle packages, gourmet fare, and cocktails including specialty, custom cocktail “The Blinking Suspect” provided by exclusive liquor sponsor Blinking Owl, Orange County’s First Craft Distillery. VIP guests also enjoyed an exclusive spirits tasting and education by Blinking Owl, as well as VIP gift bags including swag from Fab, Fit Fun and more.  


    Thank You to our 2019 Gala Sponsors and Donors


    Nancy and Steve Carell




    Sara Scott

    Dave Peterman


    Karine Rosenthal and Bob Fisher


    Peter Sadowski


    Sam and Lynn Scott


    The Levine/Tassler Foundation

    Celebrity Fight Night Foundation

    Annie and Scott Lukowski

    Michael De Luca

    Drew McCoy & Amy Aquino