Chris Cornell will be honored with a Human Rights Hero Award by Cassia‘ La Chefs For Human rights on September 25. The charity dinner features Chefs Jeremy Fox, Jessica Koslow, Walter & Margarita Manzke, Zoe Nathan, and Bryant Ng, with 100% of the proceeds benefitting Program for Torture Victims.
Cassia Co-Owners Kim Luu-Ng and Chef Bryant Ng will host the event at their acclaimed Southeast Asian brasserie in Santa Monica on September 25, 2017.
The exclusive event honors Chris Cornell, posthumously, for his original song, The Promise, recorded for the film of the same name about the Armenian Genocide, and for his philanthropic and humanitarian efforts on behalf of vulnerable children around the world. Vicky Cornell is accepting the award on behalf of her late husband, who was a Grammy award-winning and Golden Globe-nominated singer, songwriter, guitarist, and composer.
Chris wrote and recorded The Promise, a beautiful ballad for the 2016 film of the same name, which stars Oscar Isaac, Christian Bale, and Charlotte Le Bon and depicts the Armenian Genocide. The song’s inspirational lyrics are now embraced by human rights and refugee aid groups as a clarion call to people who care about the plight of refugees and victims of war. In April 2017, Vicky and Chris visited the Eleonas refugee camp in Greece, where they met with refugee children and their families to hear first-hand about their escape and suffering.
The evening’s Honorary Guest Speaker is Evgeny Afineevsky, the Oscar-nominated filmmaker behind the HBO documentary Cries From Syria, which examines the Syrian Civil War, and how the ensuing violence and humanitarian crisis have ravaged the lives of the civilian victims of the war, particularly women and children. The evening will also feature PTV clients who will share their powerful and courageous stories of survival and healing, as well as a live musical performance by singer/songwriter Tiffany Brevard.
This year’s sponsors for LA Chefs for Human Rights enable all event proceeds to go directly to PTV. The Mascot‘sVintner Amanda Harlan
and Director Nikita Stone
are pouring some of the first tastes of their Cabernet Sauvignon 2012 vintage, alongside the 2010 and 2011 vintages, all made from the younger, hillside vines of Napa Valley’s esteemed Harlan Estate, BOND, and Promontory vineyards. Claude and Elisabeth Koeberle
from Sonoma’s Soliste Winery
are generously donating their 2012 L’Age D’or Chardonnay, while The Source European Wine Imports
is providing Cremant from Chateau de Brézé. Guests will be greeted with Ruinart’s
exquisite Ruinart Blanc de Blancs Champagne during the cocktail hour, and will raise glasses to celebrate the evening’s honorees and guest speakers.Specialty cocktails featuring award-winning Japanese Kikori Whiskey
, made from 100% rice and distilled and aged in Kumamoto on the island of Kyushu, will be served, courtesy of Founder Ann Soh Woods
and EJ Milken
. Q Mixers
is donating their premium, all-natural carbonated mixers and sodas, while celebrated local chocolatier Valerie Gordon
of Valerie Confections
is creating specialty chocolate bars for an event keepsake. Eat.Sleep.Work
, a Los Angeles-based brand and design agency is donating their graphic design and web development expertise towards the event.