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Eric and Kim Tannenbaum & Bela Bajaria to be Honored at “I Have a Dream” Foundation Los Angeles’ 15th Annual Dreamer Brunch

Patricia Heaton will Emcee the Event on Sunday, March 3, 2013

Los Angeles, CA – January 17, 2013: Television producers Eric and Kim Tannenbaum and entertainment executive Bela Bajaria will all be honored with Dream Keeper Awards at the 15th Annual “I Have a Dream” Foundation Los Angeles’ (IHADLA) Dreamer Brunch, on Sunday, March 3, 2013, in the Ahmanson Ballroom at the Skirball Cultural Center. Patricia Heaton, star of ABC’s “The Middle,” will serve as Master of Ceremonies for the Foundation’s premiere event.

The Dream Keeper Award honors the vision of Dr. Martin Luther King, Jr., whose words inspired the “I Have a Dream” movement. The Tannenbaums, Executive Producers of Two and a Half Men, and Bajaria, Executive Vice President of Creative Affairs, Universal Television, are being recognized for their commitment to fostering the academic development of children in Los Angeles. Past honorees include Tyra Banks, Michael Wright, Justin Falvey & Darryl Frank, David E. Kelley, Dave Winfield, Samuel L. Jackson and Tim J. Leiweke.

This year’s Dreamer Brunch will also be a celebration of the 25th Anniversary of IHADLA, and will include a program of current and former “Dreamers,” the children served by the Foundation, as well as VIP and celebrity speakers and performers. The Host Committee for the brunch includes notables Annie Potts, Peter Roth, Carlton Cuse, J.J. Abrams and corporate sponsors Warner Bros., DreamWorks/Amblin Entertainment, Universal Television and law firm O’Melveny & Myers.

“We could not be more thrilled about our terrific honorees and all-star line-up for this year’s Dreamer Brunch,” said IHADLA Executive Director Katy Garretson. “We will celebrate our 25th Anniversary in extraordinary style, and with great substance.”

The “I Have a Dream” Foundation – Los Angeles helps kids who don’t get a lot of help have a better life and get a good education. The Foundation adopts an entire grade at an inner-city, Title 1 school, and stays with those kids for over ten years, providing after-school and summer programs, academic and cultural enrichment, counseling services, arts instruction, etc., and then tops it all off with a scholarship for college or career training when they graduate from high school. The last graduating class of Dreamers, in 2010, boasts a 94% high school graduation rate, and 96% of those are now in college or vocational school.

Individual tickets for the Dreamer Brunch are $300, tables are $4,000, $8,000, $15,000 and $25,000, and to sponsor the event is $75,000. For ticket information, please contact Kristen Skjonsby at 213-572-0175 or

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Angela Moore