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Sunset Gower Studios among Hollywood Arts Council's honorees
The Hollywood Arts Council held their 25th annual Charlie Awards at a luncheon at the Roosevelt Hotel in the heart of Hollywood. A wax figure of Charlie Chaplin, for whom the showbiz awards were named, was on display, along with an incredible life-like statue of Larry King, brought in by Madame Tussauds Wax Museum just for the event. The real Larry King was there to be honored with the Council's Media Arts Award for his broadcasting career and long-running CNN interview show.
Committed to showing off the best of Hollywood, the Charlie Awards honor individuals and companies for their significant contributions to the arts and to the community. President of the Hollywood Arts Council Nyla Arslanian said the organization believes that the arts revitalize people as well as communities. And the council has sponsored the Project S.O.A.R. after-school art programs, as well as the annual Children's Festival of the Arts in August.
A lot of good people and good companies were recognized at the event, including the president of Hudson Pacific Properties, Howard Stern, who received the Hollywood Arts Award for their development of Sunset Gower Studios. Hudson Pacific's Christopher Barton was also there, along with Terri Melkonian, v.p. sales and marketing for Sunset Gower/ Sunset Bronson Studios. Actress Connie Stevens made the presentation and had some wonderful memories of the former Columbia Studios lot.
Other honors handed out were the Theatre Arts Award to the Celebration Theatre; Architectural Arts to the LaBelle at Hollywood Tower; Community Arts to the Nine O'Clock Players/Assistance League of Southern California; and the Entertainment Arts Award to Hollywood's Starline Tours.
The event's emcee was KABC Channel 7's "Entertainment Guru" George Pennacchio, and Hollywood Arts Council trustee Oscar Arslanian, publisher of "Discover Hollywood Magazine," produced this year's Charlie Awards celebration. It was great to see Hollywood at its best and all the folks who make it proud.
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