Our recent 2018 An Evening Under the Harvest Moon was magical and an amazing success because of YOU.
All of us at TreePeople would like to extend a massive THANK YOU for giving us the most beautiful night of our year! Your generosity and kind gifts support TreePeople programs that heighten environmental awareness, plant trees and remove invasive species throughout our region; all of this will help to combat climate change and build green infrastructure for the millions of people who call this area home.
We also want to thank this year’s honorees. The Evergreen Award was presented to Irmelin DiCaprio, Dr. Jonathan Fielding and Karin Fielding for their life-long dedication and philanthropic work to help and protect the environment. The Actors Conservatory Ensemble (ACE) received the Barbara Goldenberg Award for Volunteer Service for their 16 years of work producing, managing and acting in the Once Upon a Canyon Night Summer Series for TreePeople.
It was our greatest pleasure to recognize these dedicated environmentalists on this beautiful night.
If you’d like to revisit the festivities, we’ve curated the best photos from the evening for you to view online!
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Irmelin DiCaprio was born in northern Germany during WWII in a bomb shelter. At the age of 10 her family immigrated to the United States and settled in the South Bronx. After graduating from CCNY she was employed as a social worker in her neighborhood. Later in life Irmelin moved to Los Angeles where her son was born.
In 1998, following the success of Titanic, Irmelin along with her son formed the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. It was because of Leonardo’s love for animals and nature that the foundation concentrated on environmental issues.
That same year she launched the LeonardoDiCaprio.org website, which grew into a platform for environmental causes. Today Leonardo’s internet platform reaches a social media community of 60 million people worldwide.
In 2001 when Andy Lipkis, TreePeople Founder and Predisent, and Irmelin met, she made sure TreePeople would be one of the first grantees of the Leonardo DiCaprio Foundation. To date, LDF has contributed over $100 million in financial grants to over 200 different nonprofit organizations worldwide.
In 2008 Irmelin produced “The 11th Hour”. A documentary interviewing concerned environmentalist, including Andy Lipkis. From the beginning of her son’s career, Irmelin has maintained and managed her son’s enormous archives.
In the last 8 years, in the spirit and guidance of TreePeople, Irmelin with the help of friends has changed a barren 4 1/2 acre hillside with drought resistant plants and trees. The area has morphed into a sanctuary for indigenous wildlife, right in the middle of West Hollywood.
Dr. Jonathan Fielding & Karin Fielding are passionate about philanthropy, particularly in the areas of public health, underserved children, addictions issues and art. Dr. Fielding has had a long, distinguished career serving the public health. With Karin, they made a major donation to the UCLA School of Public Health, which has been renamed the Jonathan and Karin Fielding UCLA School of Public Health, where Dr. Fielding is a Distinguished Professor of Health Policy and Management. He chairs the U.S. Task Force on Community Preventive Services and co-chairs the Healthy People 2030 objectives.
Jonathan was appointed by President Obama to the National Advisory Group on Prevention, Health Promotion and Integrative and Public Health and is an elected member of the National Academy of Medicine. He also serves as director of Shatterproof, a national nonprofit fighting addiction. He previously served as Public Health Director and Health Officer for Los Angeles County, for 16 years. Dr. Fielding is a widely published author and editor of hundreds of public health and preventive medicine articles and is the longstanding editor of the Annual Review of Public Health.
Jonathan received his undergraduate degree from Williams College, his M.D. and M.P.H. degrees from Harvard, and an M.B.A. from the Wharton School.
Karin Fielding is a member of the Dean’s Advisory Board of the UCLA Fielding School of Public Health and is active in fund raising activities, especially in securing funding for student fellowships to reduce student debt burden upon graduation. She is a former board member and currently an active member of the Everychild Foundation, a Trustee and Chair of the Development Committee at the American Folk Art Museum, and a Fellow at the Huntington Library, Gardens and Art Collections. The Fielding’s collection of American folk art is on view at the Fielding Wing at the Huntington.
Karin earned her B.A. at the University of Washington and a Masters in Urban Planning from Boston University. While working in that field, she focused on communications efforts to explain complex planning issues to wide audiences. After moving from Boston to Los Angeles, Karin joined Jonathan in founding a company that worked with U.S. corporations to lower their health care costs, where she was director of marketing and communications. The company was sold to Johnson and Johnson, where she worked as a product manager.
Together, the Fieldings support the Los Angeles Urban Cooling Collaborative, a national group, led by TreePeople, which is researching the impacts of rising urban heat on public health and mortality. Dr. Fielding is the founding member of TreePeople’s new Science Advisory Council, dedicated to forging new connections and discoveries linking environmental and public health.
Actors Conservatory Ensemble (ACE) began almost 30 years ago when students of noted acting coach Peggy Feury recruited a few friends to form the company. When the Ensemble discovered TreePeople and its S. Mark Taper Foundation Amphitheatre – they proposed that it could be the perfect setting for presenting summer evening performances in L.A., “in the woods and under the stars.” And, happily, TreePeople agreed.
This summer ACE offered its “Sweet 16th” season in the amphitheatre. Since that first year, they’ve planned and presented well over 150 different evenings of entertainment there – expanding beyond their signature staged readings to include wonderful concerts of all kinds, family nights, film screenings and great comics including Paula Poundstone, Tig Notaro and Maz Jobrani. And -- it’s all been made possible by “the ACE gang” donating their time and energy, season after season.
And so at this year’s Harvest Moon we honor those ACE members, old and new, whose tireless efforts have made it all possible: Bill Claiborn, Berta Finkelstein, Marcus Gualberto, Jim Hardie, Bridget Hoffman, Dennis Hunter, Rif Hutton, Wolfgang Hutton, Jill Klein, Eileen Mack Knight, Mary Lou Metzger and Kamala Thomas.
TreePeople is proud to acknowledge the leadership of our Honorary Gala Committee.
Laurie & Bill Benenson
Suzanne Booth & LeMel Humes
Beth Burnam & Monte Tomerlin
Kate & Art Coppola
Andrew B. Fielding
Preston J. Fielding
Judy & Mark Kahn
Suzanne & Ric Kayne
Beth & Leslie Michelson
Susan & Carl Robertson
The UCLA Jonathan and Karin Fielding School of Public Health
Board of Directors:
Philip Boesch (Chairman)
J. Lee Braly
Susan W. Drake
Edgar G. Dymally
Jonathan Friedland & Victoria Godfrey
Dr. Jonathan Fielding
Ruth Y. Goldway
Sara R. Nichols
Sarah H. Smith