A night with the purple stars at Starlight Awards 2014 in Los Angeles a success.

Starlight Children’s Foundation had its annual Starlight Awards held on Oct. 23 in Los Angeles with a good turnout.

General View of Starlight Awards event.  Photo by Megan Clancy
General exterior view of Starlight Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. Photo by Megan Clancy

The foundation presented the Koz family (including siblings Dave Koz, Roberta Koz Wilson, Jeff Koz, and their late mother, Audrey Koz) was presented with the Founder Award because of their support for Starlight for more than 20 years through volunteering, donations, and other activities.

From left: Music producer Jeff Koz, Audrey's Cookies Founder & CEO Roberta Koz Wilson, and musician Dave Koz at 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 23.  Photo by Megan Clancy
From left: Music producer Jeff Koz, Audrey’s Cookies Founder & CEO Roberta Koz Wilson, and musician Dave Koz at 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. Photo by Megan Clancy

The event also presented its first Starbright World Inspiration Award to actor RJ Mitte from Breaking Bad and ABC Family’s Switched at Birth shows.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Honoree RJ Mitte poses with the Starbright World Inspiration Award at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children's Foundation) *** Local Caption *** RJ Mitte
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 23: Honoree RJ Mitte poses with the Starbright World Inspiration Award at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children’s Foundation)

Ido Leffler, co-founder and CEO of Yoobi, received the Innovator Award as well.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23:  Presenter Troy Carter (L) and honoree and Yoobi Co-founder/CEO Ido Leffler, winner of the Innovator Award, pose backstage at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children's Foundation) *** Local Caption *** Troy Carter;Ido Leffler
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 23: Presenter Troy Carter (L) and honoree and Yoobi Co-founder/CEO Ido Leffler, winner of the Innovator Award, pose backstage at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children’s Foundation)

CBS EcoMedia received the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award for its contributions to social change through media.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23:  CBS EcoMedia, Inc. President and Founder Paul Polizzotto, winner of the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award (L), and presenter and KCBS 2 / KCAL 9 President and General Manager Steve Mauldin pose at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children's Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 23: CBS EcoMedia, Inc. President and Founder Paul Polizzotto, winner of the General H. Norman Schwarzkopf Leadership Award (L), and presenter and KCBS 2 / KCAL 9 President and General Manager Steve Mauldin pose at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children’s Foundation)

In comment about receiving the Founder Award, the Koz family is deeply honored. “We are honored, humbled, and inspired as a family and we want to help raise awareness about Starlight since so many people don’t know about this organization,” said the Koz family.

LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23:  (L-R) Coalition Media Group CEO Dave Koz, Audrey's Cookies Founder & CEO Roberta Koz Wilson, Starlight Children's Foundation Global Board Chair Roger Shiffman, Music producer Jeff Koz, and Starlight CEO Jacquie Hart present the check to Starlight at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California.  (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children's Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 23: (L-R) Coalition Media Group CEO Dave Koz, Audrey’s Cookies Founder & CEO Roberta Koz Wilson, Starlight Children’s Foundation Global Board Chair Roger Shiffman, Music producer Jeff Koz, and Starlight CEO Jacquie Hart present the check to Starlight at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children’s Foundation)

Also, together the three siblings presented Starlight with a check totaling $117,000 at the conclusion of the Starlight Awards event.  The funds were raised through a silent auction aboard the second annual Dave Koz & Friends at Sea Alaskan cruise this past September and the sales of Koz Wines and Audrey’s Cookies/Cookies for Koz.

Audrey's Cookies.  Courtesy of Roberta Wilson Koz.
Audrey’s Cookies. Courtesy of Roberta Wilson Koz.

The Founder Award recognizes individuals and companies for contributing their time and talent by volunteering and community service to improve the community.  Dave Koz is an American Grammy-nominated smooth jazz saxophonist and has been Starlight’s Global Ambassador since 1993, and is also a radio host.  Dave Koz said, “I’ve gotten back way more than I could ever possibly give to Starlight.

The kids I have met through Starlight taught me the power of perseverance and positive thinking in overcoming my own challenges, and they inspire me every day to approach my life the way they approach theirs. I’ve found that investing in Starlight is investing in these amazing children.

From left, Starbright World Teens Kara and Brianna at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles.  Photo by Megan Clancy
From left, Starbright World Teens Kara and Brianna at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Megan Clancy

If you can lift one spirit up with a toy, or a few minutes diversion on a Starlight Tablet or Fun Center unit, you might just be able to change the world, giving these children the wings to become the amazing vibrant human beings we know they can be.”

The Koz family announcing their contribution to Starlight Children's Foundation at Starlight Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Megan Clancy
The Koz family (Coalition Media Group CEO Dave Koz,  Audrey’s Cookies Founder & CEO Roberta Koz Wilson, and Music producer Jeff Koz) announcing their contribution to Starlight Children’s Foundation at Starlight Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Megan Clancy

Businesswoman and philanthropist Roberta Koz Wilson owns her online business, Audrey’s Cookies/Cookies For a Koz, which sells homemade cookies.  A portion of earnings from this business proceeds to Starlight.  Jeff Koz is a Grammy-nominated musician.

Swtiched at Birth actors Ryan Lane, left, and RJ Mitte at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles.  Photo by Megan Clancy
Swtiched at Birth actors Ryan Lane, left, and RJ Mitte at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Megan Clancy

Actors Joey Luthman (Modern Family); Elise Luthman (Rules of Engagement); Sierra McCormick (Disney’s A.N.T. Farm); John Stamos (Full House); and Ryan Lane (ABC Family’s Switched at Birth) were in attendance to support the event.

From left, Starbright World Teen Kara, actor Joey Luthman, and Starbright World Teen Brianna at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles.  Photo by Megan Clancy
From left, Starbright World Teen Kara, actor Joey Luthman, and Starbright World Teen Brianna at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Megan Clancy
LOS ANGELES, CA - OCTOBER 23: John Stamos speaks onstage at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children's Foundation)
LOS ANGELES, CA – OCTOBER 23: John Stamos speaks onstage at the 2014 Starlight Awards at Vibiana on October 23, 2014 in Los Angeles, California. (Photo by Jason Kempin/Getty Images for Starlight Children’s Foundation)

McCormick, 16, has been supporting Starlight for the past several years.  “I try to go as much as I can,” she said, who added that her favorite pastime with Starlight children is playing video games.  “I let them win.  Being involved with Starlight is really rewarding because this organization really tries to reach out to families who need help.”

Sierra McCormick, actress from Disney Channel's A.N.T. Farm, attends the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. Photo by Megan Clancy
Sierra McCormick, actress from Disney Channel’s A.N.T. Farm, attends the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles on Oct. 23. Photo by Megan Clancy

The 2014 Starlight Awards evening was sponsored by Spaghettini and the Dave Koz Lounge.

General view of auction items at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles.  Photo by Megan Clancy
General view of auction items at the 2014 Starlight Awards in Los Angeles. Photo by Megan Clancy

This event is a signature fundraising event garnering an array of celebrity supporters, philanthropists and business leaders who share a common goal of raising funds to support family-centered Starlight programs and services.

General view of interior at Starlight Awards at Vibiana in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 2014.  Photo by Tess Luthman.
General view of interior at Starlight Awards at Vibiana in Los Angeles on Oct. 23, 2014. Photo by Tess Luthman.

For more information about Starlight Children’s Foundation, visit www.facebook.com/StarlightChildrensFoundation; follow them by Twitter: @StarlightOnline; or by Instagram: /StarlightChildrensFoundation.

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