Tuesday | May 9, 2023

Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows, Santa Monica

Children’s Institute invites you to celebrate superheroes making an impact in the lives of children and families. This year, we are honoring four incredible people whose unique paths have converged to support and advocate for CII’s mission and
our Los Angeles communities.


Rob Reiner

Emceed by Rob Reiner


Gelila Assefa Puck

Gelila Assefa Puck

Gelila Assefa Puck is Partner and Global Creative Director for The Wolfgang Puck Group of Companies, as well as an award-winning philanthropist recognized for her advocacy for children, women with HIV, and increased opportunities around education.  She has been a member of CII’s Board of Trustees since 2010.

Derrick Rossi

Derrick Rossi, PhD

Dr. Rossi is a serial biotech entrepreneur and leading stem cell scientist. His efforts in the development of cutting-edge technologies and new therapeutic strategies are at the forefront of regenerative medicine and biotechnology. Dr. Rossi co-founded Moderna Therapeutics, a clinicalstage company focused on modified mRNA therapeutics that led to the development of the COVID-19 vaccine.

Anthony Tiffith

Anthony “Top Dawg” Tiffith

Anthony is the founder and CEO of the independent record label, Top Dawg Entertainment. His company is home to some of the hottest artists including SZA, Isaiah Rashad, Kendrick Lamar and Jay Rock, among others. He grew up in the Nickerson Gardens housing development in Watts, where he continues to give back to his community.

Paul Kanin


Paul considers his most significant accomplishment to be his three children and his forty-five-year marriage to his wife, Sally. He is an estate and trusts attorney, and additionally has served as a police reserve, cofounded the Beverly Hills Police Foundation, and has been a member of many charitable boards. Paul believes CII has provided him with the greatest satisfaction.


Together, we can make a difference.

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