CLARE Tribute Dinner Grosses Record-Setting $650,000

Saturday, 23 Nov 2013, 7:51:00 AM

Mitch James

From left: Chuck Lorre, CLARE Foundation Executive Director Nicholas Vrataric, 2013 Spirit Award honoree Courtney Thorne-Smith, CLARE Ambassador Maurice LaMarche, and 2013 Tribute Award honoree Tom Hansen at the 16th Annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Dinner.
Photo by Susan Bordelon
From left: Chuck Lorre, CLARE Foundation Executive Director Nicholas Vrataric, 2013 Spirit Award honoree Courtney Thorne-Smith, CLARE Ambassador Maurice LaMarche, and 2013 Tribute Award honoree Tom Hansen at the 16th Annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Dinner.

The 16th Annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Dinner, honoring renowned

entertainment lawyer Tom Hansen and celebrated actress Courtney

Thorne-Smith, took place on Thursday, Nov 14 at the Loews Santa Monica

Beach Hotel.

The event, which was emceed by comedian Ron Kenney, included a formal

dinner, awards presentation, and speeches by the honorees, each of whom

was recognized for his or her unique contributions to CLARE.

Overall, the event grossed a record-setting $650,000 to support

CLARE’s mission of providing effective and compassionate treatment,

recovery, and prevention services to individuals, families, and the

community.

Honoree Tom Hansen received the Friends of CLARE Tribute Award in

recognition of his lasting contributions to the field of recovery.

Hansen has been a transactional entertainment lawyer since 1978, and

currently leads the distinguished firm Hansen, Jacobson, Teller,

Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush & Kaller, LLP.

Hansen’s practice focuses on all aspects of audio-visual content,

including the representation of theatrical motion picture and television

directors, producers, actors, and writers as well as significant

corporate clients.

CLARE chose to honor Hansen for his leadership in the field of

recovery and his commitment to portraying addiction as a disease, and

recovery as a possibility.

During his remarks, Hansen expressed his commitment to the work CLARE does.

“I care deeply about recovery,” Hansen said, “and I feel it is our

duty as a society to provide it to everyone who needs it by making

treatment more accessible. Being here tonight is an opportunity to be

of service in a way I’m normally not able to, and I thank you for

helping me be of service.”

CLARE also presented "Two and a Half Men" star and CLARE Ambassador

Courtney Thorne-Smith with the Spirit of CLARE Award as a way to honor

her extraordinary support of CLARE’s work.

For the past two years, Thorne-Smith has provided funds to support

treatment beds for individuals who cannot pay for CLARE’s services, and

she pledged an additional year of support at the event.

During her acceptance speech, Thorne-Smith explained her dedication to supporting CLARE.

“I give to CLARE because CLARE welcomes people with nowhere else to

go,” she said. “It gives them something to believe in, and the ability

to believe in themselves. It’s an honor just to be involved with

CLARE.”

CLARE Foundation Executive Director Nicholas Vrataric said the night was truly an inspiration, after the event had concluded.

“Tom and Courtney have shown an incredible commitment to CLARE’s

work of saving lives through recovery, and we’re grateful for the chance

to honor them tonight,” Vrataric said.

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