Wednesday, February 8, 2012

Michelle Stafford To Be Honored With Media Awareness Award From Project Cuddle On Feb. 11

Project Cuddle has announced that the nonprofit organization will honor Michelle Stafford at its annual Dinner by the Bay “Denim and Diamonds” fundraiser on Saturday, February 11, 2012 at The Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center. Stafford will receive the Media Awareness Award for helping Project Cuddle prevent newborn abandonment.

Set against the backdrop of the Long Beach skyline, Dinner by the Bay is an evening of dining, dancing, and saving lives. National Spokesperson John Stamos invites you to dress‐up your denim for this year’s theme, “Denim and Diamonds”. The event is supported by Los Angeles Magazine and includes performances by Neil Morrow Band featuring John Stamos. The evening begins with an exceptional silent auction featuring exciting items including gift baskets, weekend getaways, spa packages, dinner & hotel certificates, and tons of other gifts for men and women – and there is always a large assortment of baby items.

An Emmy® nominated actor and producer, John Stamos is an advocate for Project Cuddle. Stamos currently serves as the non‐profit’s National Spokesperson and Chairman of the Advisory Board, and he has been a supporter of the charity for over 8 years. Stamos was most recently been seen in the film Father of Invention opposite Kevin Spacey. On Broadway, Stamos has had tremendous success starring in the Tony® Award‐winning musicals "Hairspray," "Bye Bye Birdie," and "Nine." Stamos began his career over 25 years ago on the hit soap GENERAL HOSPITAL and has since starred on such hit television series as ENTOURAGE, E.R., and recently in a multiepisode arc on FOX’s hit series, GLEE. He is, however, perhaps best known for starring in the iconic ABC series FULL HOUSE. Stamos continues to enjoy a wide variety of roles on film, television and the stage, and he is currently in development with Twentieth Century Fox and Neil Meron & Craig Zadan for a feature musical set to the songs of the Beach Boys, whom he’s toured with over the last 25 years.

Michelle Stafford will be honored for her outstanding contribution to Project Cuddle. She has been on Project Cuddle’s Advisory Board for 3 years and has done a lot for the organization by spreading the word about the cause. Currently, Michelle can be seen as Phyllis Summers on THE YOUNG AND THE RESTLESS. Stafford's role as Phyllis is one of the most popular in daytime television and has earned her two Emmy Awards and nine nominations. Founder & CEO Debbe Magnusen shares: “Michelle has been a true ‘spunky’ angel. She is always willing to lend her name to help protect the tiniest of victims…the babies. She is getting ready to launch an online fundraiser called Daytime Quacks. Unique rubber ducks signed by the stars from daytime soaps will be auctioned off. She has spoken with birth moms on the phone, encouraged me when I have met challenges, and is a true cheerleader for Project Cuddle”.

Other honorees include: President’s Choice Award, Dora Marie Klein; Founder’s Choice Award, Miguel Pola; Angel of the Year, Jeff & Syrna Glasser; Volunteer of the Year, Robin Johnson; and Phone Operator of the Year, Sandra Alvarado.

The Event Chairs this year are Talea Magnusen and Tamara Freedman, and the Event Hosts John Stamos and Debbe Magnusen. Lu Parker will be the Master of Ceremonies for the fundraising event, with Gary Eisenberger as Co‐Master of Ceremonies.

All proceeds from this event will benefit Project Cuddle and help continue the mission of the organization to save the lives of babies from abandonment – as of today, 688 babies have been saved.

Date: Saturday, February 11th, 2012
Time: 6:30 PM Cocktails & Silent Auction, and 7:30 PM Dinner & Entertainment
Place: The Hilton Long Beach and Executive Meeting Center
701 West Ocean Blvd., Long Beach, California

VIP Table and VIP Individual tickets are SOLD OUT, but General tickets are still available upon request. General Table – $700; General Individual – $80 per person. Please call 714‐432‐9681 or visit

NO TICKETS WILL BE SOLD THE DAY OF THE EVENT. All ticket sales are final, no refunds and all minors must be accompanied and supervised by a parent or legal guardian.

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