Young Hollywood stepped up at the seventh annual Lysa Heslov and Grant Heslov-helmed fundraiser for the non-profit Children Mending Hearts, held in Malibu on Sunday afternoon.
The fundraiser, which raised money to provide artistic and creative opportunities to disadvantaged youth, recognized actress and singer Zendaya, “Pretty Little Liars” star Shay Mitchell, the cast of “Teen Wolf” and ambassador Nicole Avant.
Being raised by teachers in Oakland, Zendaya was exposed to the inner city’s need for positive mentors, and the positive impact that teachers can make. “You don’t have any clue how important it is, and how much it really does affect their lives,” she said. “Being able to have something that they can hold onto and be a part of means so much.”
Honored with the cast of heroes award, several stars from “Teen Wolf,” led by Holland Roden, accepted recognition. “To be receiving this award together is really special for us,” Roden said. “They have always lead by example,” she said, referring to the cast’s work in and outside of their various philanthropic efforts.
Mitchell, who has teamed with several nonprofits geared toward social change, said that she is always inspired to keep giving back. “Having these children know that they can be agents of change themselves, I think is really important — no matter what walk of life you come from.”
In addition to the award recipients, Avant’s husband Ted Sarandos, Ron and Kelly Meyer, Lucy Hale, Chad Lowe, Jesse McCartney, Gregg Sulkin, Randy Jackson, Steven Weber also attended. Musical performances by Ava Cardoso-Smith and “The Negotiators” kicked off the formal portion of the fundraiser. Ben Affleck was expected, but did not attend.
Morning fog rolled away in the afternoon, revealing clear blue skies for the duration of the outdoor event, which was held at a beautiful waterfront estate near Pepperdine University.