BritWeek Gala Dinner Honoring Sir Richard Branson
Featuring a Live Performance by David Archuleta
Thursday, April 22 • The Beverly Wilshire Beverly Hills
BritWeek is privileged to welcome Sir Richard Branson as guest of honor at the star-studded annual Gala Dinner, which will be held in the elegant Ballroom of the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The evening will feature many surprise guests, a performance by singing sensation David Archuleta, and a live auction that includes some once-in-a-lifetime travel packages. Proceeds from this evening will benefit two extraordinary charities: Save the Children and Virgin Unite.
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SAVE THE CHILDREN is the leading independent organization creating real and lasting change in the lives of children in need in the United States and around the world. Their unique self-help approach to relief, recovery and ongoing development has nurtured the seeds of hope for millions of children and their families in more than 50 countries. Programs cover a myriad of areas, including health, nutrition, education, economic opportunity, protection, disaster preparedness and emergency relief following disasters like the recent earthquakes in Haiti and Chile.
VIRGIN UNITE, the non-profit foundation of the Virgin Group, unites people to tackle tough social and environmental problems in an entrepreneurial way. Their aim is to help revolutionize the way businesses and the social sector work together – driving business as a force for good. It is based on the belief that this is the only way we can tackle the scale of the challenges facing the world today. Virgin Unite’s overheads are covered by Sir Richard Branson and the Virgin Group, meaning that 100% of additional donations received go directly to the frontline where they are needed most.
Please join us on April 22nd to honor Sir Richard Branson and support these exceptional causes.
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Live Performance by David Archuleta
When David Archuleta was sixteen years old he auditioned for American Idol, received his golden ticket and headed for Hollywood. He would then go on to win over the hearts of many and become runner up in Season 7. He first hit the music charts when the three songs he performed in the finale (Don't Let the Sun Go Down on Me, In This Moment and Imagine) all debuted on the Billboard Hot 100 chart. His versions of Longer, Think of Me and Angels also landed on Billboard's Bubbling Under Hot 100 Singles chart.
In July 2008, So You Think You Can Dance used David's cover of Imagine by John Lennon as featured music for a Pas de deux performance. His self-titled album, David Archuleta, was released in November 2008 and debuted at number two on the Billboard Hot 100. The album sold 183,000 copies the first week and quickly went Gold. His first single, Crush, has sold over 1.83 million copies since. Christmas from the Heart was released to rave reviews in October 2009 and is certain to become a Holiday Classic.
David was pleasantly surprised when he was approached to do a Memoir on his journey in life so far! Chords of Strength: A Memoir of Soul, Song and the Power of Perseverance will be released in June 2010. He is currently writing music for his next Album and looking forward to its release this summer.
A staunch supporter of humanitarian endeavors, David is very involved with many Charities, especially those with an emphasis on helping Children around the World.
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Our Emcee: June Sarpong
As the female face of Channel 4’s successful Sunday morning strand T4 for eight years, media phenomenon June Sarpong is one of the most recognizable faces on British television and one of the UK’s most intelligent, dynamic and popular young presenters.
The only presenter of her generation equally comfortable interviewing politicians, celebrities and members of the public, June made television history with her groundbreaking Tony Blair special for Channel 4, When Tony Met June, for which she was granted unprecedented access to the British Prime Minister. She has also interviewed and introduced some of the world’s biggest names, including Nelson Mandela, HRH Prince of Wales, Bill Clinton, Al Gore, Bono, George Clooney and 50 Cent. She was voted as the number one panelist young people wanted to see on the legendary British political discussion show Question Time.
June is an ambassador for the Prince’s Trust and also campaigns for the Make Poverty History movement. In 2007, she was awarded an MBE for services to broadcasting and charity, and was among the youngest recipients that year. In 2008, she hosted Nelson Mandela’s 90th Birthday celebrations in London’s Hyde Park alongside Will Smith. She is currently producing and hosting Conspiracy Theory with Jesse Ventura for Tru TV.
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