United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner

Benjamin Bratt, Kate Walsh, Chandra Wilson and Jessica Capshaw at Brass Ring Dinner Honoring Shonda Rhimes and Dr. Richard Merkin


United Friends of the Children honored Shonda Rhimes with the Brass Ring Award and Richard Merkin, M.D., with the Nancy M. Daly Founder’s Award at its Brass Ring Awards Dinner ’12, held May 21 the Beverly Hilton Hotel. 

One of Hollywood’s most successful television producers, Rhimes is the creator of “Grey’s Anatomy,” “Private Practice” and “Scandal.” Merkin is chief executive officer and founder of Heritage Provider Network.

In addition to an auction, the Brass Ring Awards Dinner featured entertainment by the dynamic singer, songwriter, record producer and actress Toni Braxton – recipient of multiple Grammy, American Music and Billboard Music awards.

Making the honor extra-special, cast members of Rhimes’ TV shows turned out in force – Benjamin Bratt and Kate Walsh of “Private Practice,” plus Chandra Wilson and Jessica Capshaw of “Grey’s Anatomy.” The group presented Rhimes with the “Brass Ring” for raising awareness of problems faced by foster children.  Merkin captured honors for his dedication to improving healthcare and for bringing quality education to youngsters in underserved areas of Los Angeles.

In previous years, honorees have included Wallis Annenberg, Maria Shriver, Wendy and Barry Meyer, and Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves.

Ande Rosenblum chaired the May 21 United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner with Joyce Richards and Jaye Rogovin as auction co-chairs.  Benefit chairs and co-chairs were, among others, Colleen and Brad Bell, Carol and Frank Biondi, Edythe and Eli Broad, Krishna and Robert A. Daly, Jr., Marianna and David Fisher, Wendy and Barry Meyer, Julie Chen and Leslie Moonves, Lynda and Stewart Resnick, Julia Franz and Chris Silbermann, Eva and Marc Stern, Marilyn and John Wells and Phil Kent. 

Founded by the late Nancy M. Daly, United Friends of the Children provides support and services to foster youth, along with help to ease their transition from foster care to successful, independent and meaningful adult lives.


Top photo: Shonda Rhimes, holding an award received at the United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner, surrounded by stars of two of her TV series, from left: Jessica Capshaw  of “Grey’s Anatomy,” Kate Walsh of “Private Practice,” Chandra Wilson of “Grey’s Anatomy” and Benjamin Bratt of “Private Practice” (photo credit: Michael Haddad)

Center photo: from left, Robert A. Daly, Jr., a UFC board member and son of UFC founder Nancy M. Daly, with honoree Richard Merkin, M.D., and Michael Milken at the United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner (photo credit: Michael Haddad)

Bottom photo: from left, Barry Meyer, chairman and chief executive of Warner Bros. Entertainment; Ande Rosenblum, 2012 chair of the United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner plus  Wendy Meyer, UFC board member, and Bruce Rosenblum, president of Warner Bros. Television (photo credit: Michael Haddad)



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United Friends of the Children Brass Ring Awards Dinner

Published Jun 2, 2012 – Society News LA