Step Up Inspiration Awards Luncheon

Zoe Saldana
Zoe Saldana, Variety’s Claudia Eller, KPMG and Tamia Walker Receive Step Up Inspiration Awards


Step Up Women’s Network, dedicated to empowering teen girls from underserved communities, honored actor Zoe Saldana of “Star Trek,” “Rosemary’s Baby” and “Guardians of the Galaxy;” editor-in-chief Claudia Eller of Variety; KPMG and graduating senior Tamia Walker at the organization’s 11th annual Inspiration Awards luncheon and fashion show.

Tamia Walker, Julie Bowen
To an audience peppered with Hollywood VIPs, DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider delivered the tribute to Eller, and Julie Bowen gave the award to Walker.

James Gunn, director of “Guardians of the Galaxy,” presented Saldana with the Inspiration Award while Saldana’s husband Marco Perego and sister Cisely Saldana looked on.

The luncheon also featured a fashion show by Halston Heritage, also worn for the day by Kaley Cuoco-Sweeting, Bellamy Young Constance Zimmer and Lacey Chabert.

More guests were Aimee Garcia, Soleil Moon Frye, Michaela Conlin, Haylie Duff, Abigail Spencer, Beverley Mitchell Cameron and Khandi Alexander, while Hollywood stylists Tara Swennen, Daniel Musto and Alison Deyette served on the event’s host committee. Willow Bay was the program’s honorary producer.

Held May 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, the luncheon was attended by 850 guests, raising nearly $400,000 for the organization’s programs.

Stacey Snider, Claudia Eller


Top photo: Zoe Saldana, honored at the Step Up Inspiration Awards Luncheon (photo: Alison Buck Photography, courtesy of Step Up)

Second photo: Tamia Walker, left, at the podium with Julie Bowen at the Step Up Inspiration Awards Luncheon (photo: Alison Buck Photography, courtesy of Step Up)

Third photo: DreamWorks CEO Stacey Snider, left, delivered the tribute to Variety’s Claudia Eller at the Step Up Inspiration Awards Luncheon (photo: Alison Buck Photography, courtesy of Step Up)



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Step Up Inspiration Awards Luncheon

Published June 1, 2014 – Ellen Olivier, Society News LA