Introducing Ending Youth Homelessness Honoree, John Paul DeJoria

Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place is quickly approaching on Wednesday, October 19! The Dream Award honors a community leader whose journey represents the dreams and aspirations of the young people of My Friend’s Place. This leader’s success is founded not only in the realization of those dreams but also has a strong commitment to supporting the vision and efforts of those building a brighter future where all individuals can pursue and achieve their dreams. This year’s Dream Award recipient, along with all of our champions, make transformative opportunities for homeless youth in Los Angeles possible, and we are excited to share more about this year’s inspiring honorees.

2016 Dream Award Recipient:
John Paul DeJoria
John Paul DeJoria’s rags-to-riches biography exemplifies the American dream—he is a first-generation American turned entrepreneur, philanthropist, and pillar of the business community.  Once homeless, he has struggled against the odds to achieve success, launching multiple global enterprises, while always supporting his motto, “Success Unshared is Failure.”

Throughout the length of his success as Co-Founder & Chairman of the Board of John Paul Mitchell Systems and the Patrón Spirits Company, among other successful brands, John Paul has made philanthropy paramount. In 2011, he signed Bill Gates and Warren Buffet’s “The Giving Pledge” as a formal promise to continue giving back.  The same year, he established JP’s Peace, Love & Happiness Foundation as a hub for his charitable investments, which span the core values of his companies: sustainability, social responsibility and animal-friendliness.

John Paul’s charitable work expands worldwide through his work with global organizations, renowned world leaders and A-list personalities. He has aligned with Nelson Mandela and 46664 to help raise awareness of the global HIV/AIDS epidemic, supports Robert Kennedy, Jr. and his clean water efforts ongoing via Waterkeeper Alliance, and rainforest conservation and reforestation projects in Peru and Guatemala through an alliance with Reforest’Action. John Paul has been profiled for his corporate and philanthropic initiatives across a multitude of media outlets including 20/20, CNN, Forbes, Fortune, Inc., and Fox, Fox Business News, Bloomberg, CNBC and NBC, and recently appeared as a mentor for budding entrepreneurs via a guest shark appearance on Shark Tank.

We hope you will join us in celebrating John Paul DeJoria and all of our honorees at Ending Youth Homelessness: A Benefit for My Friend’s Place on October 19, 2016 in Hollywood, California. Tickets purchase, sponsorship opportunities and additional information can be found on ourevent website. For additional information, contact Susan Zeren Dutra, Director of Development, at 323-908-0011 x. 110 or

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