2019 Gala for the Children
Each year, our Gala for the Children brings together APCH’s long-standing supporters as well as new friends to celebrate our youth and raise funds to support the organization’s critical work.
It is a fun and meaningful evening dedicated to understanding our mission, meeting our young people, enjoying APCH music and dance, and sharing the company of our Board of Directors and fellow investors in the lives of the youth and families we serve.
This year, we honor Johnny Lopez, Founding Partner of Platinum Equity, with the Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award, and Damon Wolf, President of Worldwide Marketing for Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, with the Children’s Inspiration Award.
Founding Partner, Platinum Equity
Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award
More about Mr. Lopez
Johnny Lopez is a founding partner of Platinum Equity and remains instrumental to the firm’s ongoing evolution. He helped to develop Platinum’s trademark M&A&O strategy and continues to work with Platinum’s M&A executives to ensure its successful execution. He is a member of Platinum’s Investment Committee and is involved in the firm’s global business efforts.
Mr. Lopez has led the teams on many of Platinum’s most notable transactions and has worked as one of Platinum’s ambassadors throughout the European continent since 2001.
In 2014, Mr. Lopez was responsible for the firm’s first Australian acquisition where he worked to acquire a 70% stake in Sensis. Headquartered in Melbourne, Sensis is Australia’s leading print and online directory and digital advertising services provider.
Since the firm’s founding, Johnny’s contributions to Platinum’s mission, principles, and culture have been important factors in the firm’s extraordinary teamwork, tenacity, work ethic and success.
He is most proud of his loving family. Together with his wife Lisa, they enthusiastically share in the raising of their four children, Isabella, Gianna, Sabrina and Augustin. They feel blessed to have been introduced to APCH through Marymount High School and Sister Patricia Connor, RSHM, who sits on the board of directors and has been involved with APCH for more than two decades.
Johnny and Lisa and their family have been part of the APCH family for several years as supporters and volunteers and we are pleased and proud to be honoring Johnny with the 2019 Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award.
President of Worldwide Marketing, Lionsgate Motion Picture Group
Children’s Inspiration Award
More about Mr. Wolf
Damon Wolf is President of Worldwide Marketing for the Lionsgate Motion Picture Group, where he leads all aspects of motion picture marketing including worldwide creative advertising, research, paid and earned media, communications, global digital strategy, creative content, in-theater marketing, partnerships, promotions, and consumer products.
As a global content leader, Wolf has overseen campaigns for box office hits ranging from Tyler Perry’s A Madea’s Family Funeral to global sensation John Wick: Chapter 3: Parabellum, among others. He is currently leading worldwide campaigns for a diverse slate of films including Sylvester Stallone’s Rambo: Last Blood, Roland Emmerich’s epic WW2 action film Midway, Rian Johnson’s all-star ensemble Knives Out, Jay Roach’s Bombshell, written by Charles Randolph, starring Charlize Theron, Nicole Kidman and Margot Robbie, and in 2020, the sequel to The Hitman’s Bodyguard, starring Ryan Reynolds, Samuel L. Jackson and Salma Hayek, among others.
Wolf joined Lionsgate from TriStar Pictures and Screen Gems where he was Co-Head of Marketing working on successes including Baby Driver, Don’t Breathe, The Perfect Guy, Resident Evil, Underworld, All the Money in the World and Trainspotting 2, among other hits.
Throughout his career, Wolf has been an innovator and entrepreneur, successfully launching two marketing agencies, including Crew Creative Advertising and the fandom genomics strategy firm Fanthropology. He has worked on some of the biggest cultural events in film and television including The Harry Potter Franchise, The Matrix Trilogy, The Saw films, The Twilight Franchise, Tyler Perry’s branded films, as well as The 40-Year-Old Virgin, Knocked Up, Identity Thief, Meet the Fockers, Bridesmaids, and HBO’s The Sopranos, The Wire and Game of Thrones. In addition, Wolf oversaw marketing campaigns for MGM Grand Hotels Worldwide and Discovery Communications, and was a producer of the Broadway musical Legally Blonde.
Wolf resides in Los Angeles with his two sons Max and Sammy and at every opportunity enjoys weekend escapes to his New Orleans French Quarter home, bringing many Los Angeles friends to the great city he loves.
The night will begin with a cocktail party and extensive silent auction that includes fantastic, once in a lifetime experiences, trips, rare wines, sports tickets, artwork, jewelry, and more.
Once seated, guests are treated to stories from our APCH youth and families, dance and music from our youth (and sometimes surprise guests like Stevie Wonder or Gavin Rossdale), and heartfelt remarks from our Board Chair, Executive Director and our annual honorees.