On January 18, 2023, private equity CEO Marc Leder of Sun Capital and award-winning actress Julianne Michelle hosted a gala to benefit Mommy’s Heart, a 501(C)3 supporting abuse victims. Oscar-winning board member Cuba Gooding, Jr., filmmaker and board member Sean Stone, and board member Claudine De Niro served on the host committee. The committee also included Billy Bob Thornton, Sally Kirkland, Sean Stone, Myles Von Trapp, Sam Kelley, and Florence Anthony.CEOs Harley Lippman, Jennifer Bell, and Marc Bell were honored with the Mommy’s Heart Philanthropy Award, presented by board member, Noelle Dunphy.
Marc Leder hosted approximately 200 guests in his home for an evening of live entertainment, dinner, drinks, and dancing with DJ Friendly and performances by fire dancer Carla Lulic and award-winning global concert pianist, Gaynor van Vuuren ~ the Piano Queen™ with saxophonist Debbie Pierce, Mike McGann, Legends Radio host, shinned as live auctioneer and Emcee.Parents who have escaped domestic violence and are facing financial and legal retaliation from their abusers are provided free legal representation and mental health services by Mommy’s Heart.
The sponsors include Candy’s Cake Pops, Prezzo, Vesica Vodka, DeLeón Tequila, Sip Channé, Tulipan Bakery, Casa D’Angelo, Gopuff, Total Wine & More, KOPU Water, Siena Grill, Zero-G, Café L’Europe, The Polo Club at NPC, Dashbar, Luxeblooms, Paul Carroll, Premium Wine & Liquor, Hogan Lovells, Innomatic, Bell Beachwear, Hadleigh’s, Veuit, PS Business Management, LLC, Pure Skin Collagen Boutique, and Donna Sousa Makeup and Hair.