Hollywood Arts Dream Awards to Honor Tommy Tallarico Feb 17

By • February 12, 2007

On Saturday, February 17th, Hollywood Arts will host the Dream Awards honoring the art of video games and top video game composer Tommy Tallarico. Proceeds from the event, which will be held at Raleigh Studios, will be donated to Hollywood Arts to complete the renovation of a full service art and media center located on the corner of Hollywood Boulevard and Western Avenue in Hollywood.

Hollywood Arts reaches homeless and at-risk teenagers through video-gaming, music, movies, writing, fashion, hair, makeup and animation, giving them artistic training and a chance to improve their self-esteem; heal trauma; create a new community of supportive friends and mentors; and learn critical life and job-readiness skills to transition them off the streets and into jobs in the creative industries. It is one of the first organizations to recognize video games as an art form.

“It was important for us to build relationships with the video gaming community,” said Dylan Kendall, Executive Director of Hollywood Arts. “Our students gravitate to games. We recognize gaming can work as a learning activity. Video games can be used to promote emotional health and serve as an important vehicle to teach our students critical life and job-readiness skills.”

Hollywood Arts approached Tommy Tallarico after learning he had a personal experience, giving him insight to the challenges its young students face.

“I understand how important the organization’s work is,” said Tommy Tallarico. “This is an opportunity for the video gaming community to showcase creativity and promote the value video gaming provides young people.”

The dinner and award ceremony will feature several highlights, including COS Players, actors who dress as players of the games; the Hollywood Studio Symphony, a 36-piece orchestra performing video gaming music; Video Game Cabinets where guests can play their favorite game; and an auction. Anticipated auction items include, but are not limited to, an audio cameo in the popular game HALO 3, a master chief statue, one year supply of Paul Mitchell, a tour of the Bungie Studios and signed video game paraphernalia of games such as Guitar Hero 2 and by artists such as Yugi Naki, creator of Sonic the Hedgehog.

Andrew Apfelberg, a partner at Rutter Hobbs & Davidoff Incorporated, plays a lead role for Hollywood Arts. While Apfelberg remains extremely busy with his law practice, he finds time to work with the organization, where he serves on its Board of Directors. Not only is he passionate about Hollywood Arts’ cause, but he also has a strong personal interest and client base in the digital content arena.

“There is something about the arts – video games, music, acting, etc. – that motivate at-risk and homeless teenagers to aspire to achieve greatness,” said Apfelberg. “Witnessing their successes is both inspiring and fulfilling.”

For more information or to purchase tickets, please visit hollywood-arts.org or call 323.656.5274.

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