Step Up Women’s Network feted Emmy Award-winner Julie Bowen, designer and CEO Trina Turk, and Color Force producer Nina Jacobson Friday at its 10th annual Inspiration Awards held at the Beverly Hilton. The 800-guest luncheon is estimated to have raised $400,000 for the organization’s after-school programs that mentor teen girls from under-resourced communities. The honorees were recognized for their professional and philanthropic achievements that inspire women and girls to fulfill their potential.
Bowen’s Modern Family daughter Ariel Winter presented her with the Inspiration Award, calling her a hero. Turk was lauded by InStyle West Coast Bureau Chief Glynis Costin, and Hollywood stylists Elizabeth Stewart, Jeanne Yang, Tara Sweenen and Daniel Musto turned out in support of Turk and Bowen. Hollywood royalty Carrie Fisher served as Jacobson’s on-stage presenter and had the packed ballroom laughing with remarks that sarcastically ‘paralleled’ their careers.
Step Up Women’s Network celebrates is 15th year of service to women and girls and was founded by former UTA agent Kaye Popofsky Kramer. Marcia Gay Harden, Linda Cardellini, Anne Heche, Jurnee Smollett, Lesley Ann Warren, Amy Smart, Salli Richardson-Whitfield, Kathleen Robertson, Joely Fisher, Lori Loughlin, Kellie Martin, Elisabeth Rohm and Marla Sokoloff also attended. Many of the celebrities sported Turk’s optimistic, colorful designs, including Bowen who with Swennen’s help, chose a Kelly green tailored suit. Turk herself chose her Summertime Dress in Step Up’s signature orange hue.
The event celebrated Step Up’s Class of 2013, which boasts 35 high school seniors who will graduate and head to college this fall, most becoming the first in their families to attend college. Teen honoree Angie Zavala read a touching essay about her Step Up experience and announced she will attend Cal State Northridge. This marked the fourth straight year that 100% of Step Up seniors nationally graduated high school and were accepted to college.
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