HOLLYWOOD — The City of Angels celebrated real-life spirits Saturday as the Annual Angel Awards honored Whoopi Goldberg and longtime Project Angel Food supporters Robert and Vana Farina. Since its launch in 1989, Project Angel Food has provided free meals for people living with HIV and AIDS, serving more than 400,000 in 2000.
Goldberg expressed her admiration for Project Angel Food volunteers. “Any group of people that say, ‘You know, we’re just going to go and take care of other people,’ is great to me.” Goldberg also recognized those living with HIV/AIDS. “I don’t feel like an angel; the people who decide to go on, one more day, are the real angels.”
Elizabeth Taylor presented the award to Goldberg, saying, “She fights for the vulnerable and speaks for those whose voices that aren’t heard.”
Neil Patrick Harris was on hand to show his support. “I’m a big proponent of her work, and Project Angel Food is a good cause.”
Previous honorees, “ER’s” Anthony Edwards, Sheryl Lee Ralph and Judith Light were also in attendance.
Other presenters included Project Angel Food founder Marianne Williamson, Vivica A. Fox and Bruce Vilanch, who kept the crowd laughing while awaiting Taylor’s arrival.
The event included performances by Grammy Award winning songtress Oleta Adams.
Other attendees included James McDaniel, Holland Taylor, Pauletta Washington, and Project Angel Food Board of directors chair John R. Williams II.