Project Angel Food is proud to announce the lineup for its upcoming Angel Awards, a prestigious event that honors individuals who have made significant contributions to the organization and the fight against HIV/AIDS. This year’s event will feature Emmy Award winner Sheryl Lee Ralph, singer-songwriter and activist Jewel, and activist, artist, and author Mary Fisher.
Sheryl Lee Ralph, who has been an ardent supporter of Project Angel Food for over three decades, will receive the inaugural Sheryl Lee Ralph Legacy Award. This award is named in her honor to recognize her tireless dedication and leadership in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Ralph’s involvement with Project Angel Food began when she moved to Los Angeles after the success of Broadway’s “Dreamgirls.” She witnessed the organization’s volunteers working diligently in a church kitchen, serving hundreds of individuals affected by the disease. Motivated by her personal connections to those impacted by HIV/AIDS, Ralph was inspired to get involved and co-founded the Diva Foundation to raise funds and awareness. Project Angel Food CEO Richard Ayoub expressed his admiration for Ralph, stating, “When no one, and I mean no one, would stand up for people living with AIDS, Sheryl Lee Ralph risked her career and her livelihood to do what was right. This new Sheryl Lee Ralph Legacy Award is long overdue.”
Mary Fisher, a remarkable activist, artist, and author, will be presented with the Angel Award. This prestigious honor has previously been bestowed upon Judith Light, Elizabeth Taylor, George Michael, Sharon Stone, Whoopi Goldberg, and other notable figures. Fisher, who currently serves on Project Angel Food’s board of directors, has been an outspoken HIV/AIDS activist for many years. She has received five honorary doctorate degrees, authored six books, and has been instrumental in advocating for the prevention, education, and compassionate treatment of individuals living with HIV/AIDS.
In addition to the distinguished honorees, Jewel will be performing at the event in celebration of the 25th anniversary of her second studio album, “Spirit.” Jewel is known for her passion for mental health issues and supportive programs. Her performance will add a touch of musical excellence to the evening’s festivities.
The Angel Awards will be presented by naming sponsor Wells Fargo, with Glamazon L.A., Amazon’s LGBTQ+ Affinity Group, joining as a principal sponsor. The gala is scheduled to take place on September 23 in Hollywood. The event will be held in the parking lot of Project Angel Food’s Hollywood kitchen, which will be transformed into a breathtaking “ballroom under the stars.” The menu for the evening will be provided by Angelini Osteria, ensuring that guests are treated to a memorable dining experience.
A star-studded guest list is expected to attend the Angel Awards. Celebrities including John Goodman, Tara Reid, Megan Hilty, Charo, Steven Weber, Loni Love, Tyler Henry, Rachel Lindsay, Jai Rodriguez, Michael Corbett, and celebrity chef Ronnie Woo have already confirmed their attendance. This gathering of influential individuals will join together to support Project Angel Food’s vital mission and pay tribute to the honorees for their remarkable contributions.
Project Angel Food’s Angel Awards is an opportunity to celebrate the organization’s achievements and recognize the individuals who have made a lasting impact in the fight against HIV/AIDS. Through their dedication, leadership, and activism, Sheryl Lee Ralph, Mary Fisher, and Jewel have demonstrated their unwavering commitment to improving the lives of those affected by the disease. This event not only raises funds for Project Angel Food’s critical programs but also brings the community together to support a cause that has touched the lives of countless individuals. As the event approaches, anticipation continues to build for an evening filled with inspiration, entertainment, and celebration of the remarkable work being done by Project Angel Food and its supporters.