2nd Annual Gala Honors Channing Dungey, Bridget Gless Keller & Paul Keller

September 4, 2019
Ryan Imondi

For the second year, Children’s Institute will hold a signature fundraising event designed to raise crucial support for children and families exposed to adversity and poverty in Los Angeles. The 2019 Cape & Gown Gala will take place on October 30 at the Fairmont Miramar Hotel & Bungalows in Santa Monica.

This year’s event will honor the important contributions of Channing Dungey, Vice President, Original Series, Netflix, and long-time supporters Bridget Gless Keller & Paul Keller.

In addition to her position at Netflix, Dungey is deeply committed to advocating for educational resources and life changing services on behalf of disadvantaged children and families in Los Angeles.

“CII has done a wonderful job bringing healing and opportunity to underserved children and families, a cause that is near and dear to me as a parent. I am humbled by their recognition and honored to champion their efforts in creating programs that bring meaningful change,” Dungey said.

Bridget Gless Keller and Paul Keller have been active supporters of CII’s mission for over a decade. Together, they are leading the charge to build the organization’s new, Frank Gehry-designed Watts Campus. Slated to break ground by the end of 2019, the new campus will house therapeutic programs and a variety of supports for children and families in the community.

“The impact that CII has on the lives of children in Los Angeles is extraordinary, and I can’t imagine what our city would be without it. And to bring the architecture of Frank Gehry to the children of Watts, to help create a timeless landmark for that community, is a profound honor,” Bridget Gless Keller said.

“Bridget and I learned compassion from our parents, we love Los Angeles, and we are committed to helping and mentoring kids. Those passions converge at CII, which is building a brighter future for LA’s children,” Paul Keller said.

The event will include a cocktail reception, seated dinner, awards and live auction hosted by Billy Harris. The revenue from table, ticket, advertising and auction sales will fund CII’s strategic plan initiatives for this fiscal year.

Last year’s inaugural gala honoring Beth & Bob Lowe and Frank, Berta & Sam Gehry was attended by 400 guests and raised over $1.9 million for CII.

For more information and to purchase a table or tribute ad, click here.