2017 Gala Celebrates Whole Child’s First 13 Years

Whole Child Benefactors and Other Friends Take an Evening to Reflect, Tell Stories, and Dance

Whole Child Founder & CEO Karen Spencer regales the audience about the organization’s successes and its future goals of improving quality of care for vulnerable children worldwide.

Sir Ken Robinson served as Master of Ceremonies for the event, providing engaging context from his own work in the education of children — as well as a lot of laughter.

Gift bags for all — donated by Jo Loves!


After 13 years of focus on its program and evaluation, Whole Child International hosted a gala on October 26 for its supporters and stakeholders at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills, California. While the primary goal was to raise needed funds for the program, it was satisfying to look at the organization’s progress and present stakeholders new and old with a vision for its future.

The gala was hosted by the Earl and Countess Spencer, along with Co-Chairs Wallis Annenberg, James Baker, Giselle Fernandez, Teri & Ken Hertz, Nina & Harvey Karp, Lauren & Richard King, Deborah Klein & Mort Marcus, Fran & John Lasker, Yana & Leon Max, and Robin & Dr. Alfredo Trento.

We thank our generous sponsors the Annenberg Foundation, Crane Stationary, Christie’s, and Jo Loves, along with all those who contributed to our work at the Gala.

Anthony Kiedis and Josh Klinghoffer of the Red Hot Chili Peppers brought down the house as the evening concluded.

We were lucky to have Lydia Fenet of Christie’s Auction House as our auctioneer, helping us raise money with two exclusive auction items. Ms. Fenet auctioned off the first of 100 limited-edition leather-bound copies of the eulogy Earl Spencer delivered at his late sister Princess Diana’s funeral. Additionally, guests were given the opportunity to bid on a weekend trip for 20 people to stay at Althorp, home of the Spencer family for more than 500 years.