Chuck Lorre was the man of the hour at the Midnight Mission’s annual Golden Heart Awards Thursday evening at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The “Mom” and “Big Bang Theory” creator was honored by the org during the star-studded event that included attendees Kathy Bates and Dick Van Dyke.
The evening began with a cocktail reception and silent auction, where guests were able to mingle and schmooze prior to the ceremony. This year, the foundation honored two benefactors who have contributed greatly to the foundation over the years. The Midnight Mission’s retiring president and CEO Larry Adamson was also honored with the Thomas Liddecoat Distinguished Service Award at the ceremony.
On receiving the Golden Heart Award, Lorre said he was humbled by the recognition from such an esteemed organization.
“This is really not about me,” Lorre went on to say. “It’s about me cajoling Warner Bros., CBS, and talent agencies, as well as my friends and colleagues, to come and help. That’s what this is really about.”
Lorre insisted that the evening should not be focused on him, but rather on continuing to raise money so the foundation can thrive.
Founded in 1914, the Midnight Mission provides assistance to homeless individuals and families, in addition to offering job training, education, and workforce development programs to the less fortunate.
Throughout the night, Lorre was often seen laughing and joking with Bates, who is currently working with the creator on Netflix’s upcoming marijuana comedy “Disjointed.”
“Chuck has been doing such amazing work with Midnight Mission, and I understand where he is coming from,” Bates said. “The [homeless] population has unfortunately grown downtown, and they need us more than ever.”