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Class Acts

| January 18, 2013 | Parties National

THE PARTY Film and TV stars gathered at The Beverly Hills Hotel to honor recipients of the Children’s Defense Fund California Beat the Odds Awards. THE PLAYERS Zoë Saldana, Conan O’Brien, Reese Witherspoon, Michelle Monaghan, Holly Robinson Peete, Alice Eve, Alexis Bledel, J.J. Abrams, Hannah Simone, Marian Wright Edelman THE HIGHLIGHTS Hollywood A-listers came together to celebrate five inspirational high school students who, despite enormous personal challenges, excel academically and give back to their communities. “These children become completely autosufficient and they reach their goals with the help of people and communities that care for them,” said a Giambattista Valli-clad Zoë Saldana, who was among the evening’s presenters. “There’s this independence and confidence that they grow into that you know is going to carry them into a very healthy adulthood.” Photos courtesy of Alex J. Berliner/Abimages


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