For more than a decade we have dedicated time to celebrate success. Not just our own success. We have made it a priority to honor remarkable individuals who exemplify strong leadership. We know that in order to live our mission to promote values that help make a better society through interactive learning, creative self-expression and art experiences for children and families, we need to recognize people who model these values in their professional and personal lives. Good people who have positively made a difference.
On November 13th, 2014 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 14th Annual Discovery Award Dinner at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel where we presented our first-ever Icon Award to Dick Lippin, CEO Lippin Group and Alli Shearmur, Film and Television Producer, received our prestigious Discovery Award.
Pictured left to right: Master of Ceremonies Michaela Watkins, Zimmer CEO Esther Netter, Honoree Dick Lippin, Honoree Allison Shearmur, and Dinner Chair Sheryl Wachtel.
On November 14th, 2013, we were privileged to present our distinctive Discovery Award for significant contributions to our community to three incredible leaders:
• Margaret Loesch, President and CEO of The Hub
• David Madden, President of Fox Television Studios
• Sanford Michelman, Founder and Partner of Michelman & Robinson
We deeply appreciate their positive contributions to our community. We are also grateful for the support of their friends and patrons in our community who gave their generous support to further our mission.
Pictured left to right: Dinner Chair Jeff Wachtel, Event Chair Sheryl Wachtel, Honoree David Madden, Honoree Sanford Michelman, Honoree Margaret Loesch, Dinner Chair and Zimmer Board Chair Andy Kaplan, and Master of Ceremonies Willie Garson.
On November 8th, 2012 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 12th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Deborah Klein, Mort Marcus, Carrie Lieberman, and Sharon Sacks were honored at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Pictured left to right: Dinner Chair Sheryl Wachtel, Carrie Lieberman, Sharon Sacks, Mort Marcus, Debroah Klein, Zimmer CEO Esther Netter, and Master of Ceremonies Dane Cook.
On November 9th, 2011 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 11th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Andy Kaplan, Courtney Mizel, and Richard Smith were honored at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Dinner Chairs: Jon Feltheimer, Elizabeth Goldhirsh-Yellin, Sanford Michelman, Cheston & Lara Mizel, Steve Mosko, Dana Pachulski, Mindy & Adam Silverstein, Jeff Wachtel, & Jennifer Wooster.
Pictured left to right: Dinner Chair Sheryl Wachtel, Zimmer CEO Esther Netter, Richard Smith, Courtney Mizel, Andy Kaplan, & Master of Ceremonies Timothy Omundson.
On November 4th, 2010 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 10th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Stephen J. Davis and Barbara Prober were honored at the Beverly Hills Hotel.
Dinner Chairs: Kevin Beggs, Sari Eshman, Sheila Goldberg, Charlene Hartman, Dick Lippin, Beverly Sturman, and Jeff Wachtel.
Honorary Dinner Chairs: Peggy Davis, Ed Prober and Wendy Prober-Cohen
Pictured left to right: Master of Ceremonies Mark Feuerstein and Honorees Barbara Prober and Stephen J. Davis.
On November 10th, 2009 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 9th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Kevin Beggs, Dana Pachulski and Jennifer Wooster were honored.
Dinner Chairs: Jon Feltheimer, Richard Pachulski, Randy Wooster. Honorary Dinner Chairs: Allison & Larry Berg, Leigh Brecheen & John Dellaverson, Pell & Michael Burns, Carolyn & Craig Enenstein, Rick Feldman, Julia Franz & Chris Silbermann, Dee & Ed Gelb, Mark Itkin & Bradley Bayou, Dianna Lau-Beggs, Betsy & Rabbi Steve Leder, Dayna & Gary Lerner, Debra & Meir Levy, Dick Lippin, Michelle & Danny Mandel, Jan & Owen Miller, Sherri & Arnie Nelson, Allison & Kevin O’Malley, Kim & Walker Ozar, Tammy & Richard Ratner, Christine & Jason Reese, Jaclyn & Aaron Schatzow, Vilia & Scott Schwartz, Ben Simon, Sandra Stern, Stephanie & Leon Vahn, Sheryl & Jeff Wachtel, Lori & Steve Weisskopf, Allison Wright & Andy Kaplan, Shirin & Peyman Yadegar
Pictured left to right: Kevin Beggs, Jennifer Wooster, Dana Pachulski, honorees with Kevin Nealon, Master of Ceremonies
On November 6th, 2008 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 8th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Jeff Wachtel and Dr. Charles Sophy were honored.
Dinner Chairs: Andy Kaplan and Brown Kogen and Honorary Dinner Chairs of the event were Brooke Adams & Tony Shalhoub, Jenna & Dan Adler, Donna Bojarsky, Kristin Dornig & Tony Krantz, Jean Firstenberg, Bonnie Hammer, Doug Herzog, Mark Itkin, Howard Klein, Jay Kogen, Sue & Arnold Kogen, Tanya Lopez & Stan Brooks, David Madden, Jeanne & Milton Mandell, Debra Messing, Rick Rosen, Bruce Rosenblum, June Rosner, Renee & Charles Sophy, David Stapf, Jay Sures, Bruce Voss, Diana L. Voss, Sheryl Wachtel.
Pictured left to right: Dr. Charles Sophy, honoree with Sharon Stone and Zimmer CEO Esther Netter and Jeff Wachtel, honoree.
On November 8th, 2007 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its 7th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Missy Halperin and Linda Simensky were honored.
Honorary Dinner Chairs of the event were Suzanne & Doug Aarniokoski, Shelli & Irving Azoff, Jennifer & Larry Bond, Beth & Rodney Freeman, Eve & Billy Gerber, Teri Hatcher, Gabrielle & Charlie Isaacs, Gary E. Knell, Heidi & Jon Monkarsh, Pam Gerber & Suzanne Slonim, Nancy Steingard, Irene & Joe Roth, Jill & Jon Weiser, Candie & Richard Weitz, John F. Wilson.
Pictured from left to right: John Halperin, Missy, Linda and John F. Wilson
On October 30th, 2006 the Zimmer Children’s Museum held its 6th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Beth & Rodney Freeman and Wendy Moss Klein were honored.
Co-Chairs of the event were: Beny Alagem, Ernest & Lisa D. Auerbach, Nancy & Alan Epstein, Marci & Greg Foster, Kathy & Tim Gallagher, Debi & Marc Graboff, Deborah Klein & Mort Marcus, Joey Klein, Laurie & Lyn Konheim, Diane & Jon Levin, Nancy Steingard & Norm Solomon, Richard S. Ziman.
Pictured from left to right: Honorees: Rodney & Beth Freeman and Wendy Moss Klein with Joey Klein
On November 9, 2005 the Zimmer Children’s Museum held its 5th Annual Discovery Award Dinner where Jenna & Dan Adler and Jennifer Cohen were honored. The Discovery Award is given annually to extraordinary individuals who are builders and leaders in their fields and communities. Norman Lear and David Suissa presented the awards to the honorees.
Co-Chairs of the event were Brown & Jay Kogen, James Perse and Janis & Douglas Warner.
Pictured from left to right: Jennifer Cohen, Dan and Jenna Adler
On November 3, 2004 the Zimmer Children's Museum held its annual Discovery Award Dinner where Jerry & Gloria Lushing and Mark Itkin were honored.
Jerry Springer was the Master of Ceremonies.
Co-Chairs of the event were Annette & Leonard Shapiro and Jeanne Newman.
Pictured from left to right: Jerry Lushing, Gloria Lushing, Mark Itkin and Jerry Springer
Our annual Discovery Award Dinner was held on November 6th, 2003 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel. Friends celebrated the accomplishments of two incredible women, Barbara Fisher and Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, held live and silent auctions, and enjoyed the talents of Wil Shriner, Kathleen Madigan and Curtis Stigers.
Pictured from left to right: Cynthia Sikes Yorkin, Executive Director Esther Netter, and Barbara Fisher
On Thursday, November 7th, 2002 guests gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel for our second annual Discovery Award Dinner. We had the privilege of honoring two exceptional people: director, Arthur Hiller and DIC Entertainment Chairman and CEO Andy Heyward.
Dr. Drew, host of MTV’s Loveline, served as Master of Ceremonies. Madeline and Strawberry Shortcake mingled with the guests, (courtesy of DIC Entertainment) while they bid on silent auction items and viewed examples of student artwork created through our youTHink program and A Child’s Playhouse: Children’s Visions of Home Around the World.
Writer Bruce Vilanch presented the Discovery Award to Arthur Hiller and Rick Rosen presented Andy Heyward with his award.
Pictured: Andy Heyward and Arthur Hiller Honorees with their wives
On Thursday, November 6th, 2001 guests gathered at the Beverly Hills Hotel for our First Annual Discovery Award Dinner. We had the privilege of honoring two exceptional people: Our Founding Chairperson, Jean Friedman and President and CEO of Sesame Workshop Gary E. Knell.
Our thanks to Dinner Co-Chairs: Beverly & Herb Gelfand, Barbara & Fred Kort, , Annette & Leonard Shapiro, Carol Brennglass Spinner & Art Spinner and Nancy Steingard.
Special thanks to Bruce Vilanch, Master of Ceremonies and to the LA Jewish Symphony for entertainment.