Rebranding Disability; California Rehabilitation Institute in Conjunction With Artists for Trauma

John Behzad and Laura Sharpe. Photo courtesy of Bob Delgadillo

​​​​​​​​​Artists For Trauma (AFT) will host a red carpet charity event on Friday, September 30th in conjunction with California Rehabilitation Institute (CRI) called "Rebranding Disability." There will be an informative panel MC’ed by Laura Sharpe, founder and CEO of AFT, John Behzad, FACHE, CEO of CRI, Dr. Janina Urussowa, Founding Partner, Bezgraniz Couture, Dr. Mary Nasmyth, Co-Chief Medical Officer, CRI and Clinical Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehab at Cedars Sinai Hospital and a performance by Infinite Flow - A Wheelchair Dance Company.

AFT was founded by philanthropist Laura T. Sharpe, who is a trauma survivor herself and selflessly wants to help other trauma survivors to be empowered, inspired and healed. 

"This is truly a transformative opportunity for our local to international communities to merge strengths and intentions to discuss and share empowering quality of life solutions, services and products for the injured, re-configured and disabled communities. Together we are providing creative solutions to age-old perceptions related to the interpretation of beauty and mobility/access issues."

Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO, Artists For Trauma (AFT)

Numerous celebrities and VIPs are expected at this event such as Laura Sharpe, the founder of Artists for Trauma, John Behzad, CEO of California Rehabilitation Institute, Dr. Janina Urussowa, Founding Partner, Bezgraniz Couture, Dr. Mary Nasmyth, Co-Chief Medical Officer, CRI and Clinical Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehab at Cedars Sinai Hospital, celebrated actor Ford Austin (Bosch, Dahmer vs Gacy, Facebook Live with Ford and Vida), his wife, Emmy-winning producer Lauree Dash, actress and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project, Facebook Live with Ford and Vida, So Very Vida), actors Laurene Landon (Sky, Airplane 2, The Sequel), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee's Game of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless, Mother's Day), Ken Davitian (Borat, Ray Donovan), Patrick Kilpatrick (NCIS: Los Angeles, Assassin X), Rick Mora (Twilight, Band of Pirates: Blackbeard's Map), Emmy award-winner Chad Brannon (General Hospital, CSI: Crime Scene Investigation), Johnny Whitaker (Family Affair, Sigmund and the Sea Monsters), Quinton Aaron (The Blind Side, Paranormal Movie), Said Faraj (War Dogs, Green Zone), Marco Khan (Iron Man, Four Kings), Dominic Rains (Burn Country, The Taqwacores), Ethan Rains (NCIS, NCIS: Los Angeles), Robert Wall ( Bruce Lee's Game of Death and Enter the Dragon), Kim Estes ( Pretty Little Liars, Fresh Off the Boat), Carolyn Hennesy (General Hospital, Ray Donovan), Gloria Hendry (first African American James Bond Girl in Live and Let Die, Black Caesar), Robert Parham (Jackson Bolt, Assassin X and 5 time world Kickboxing Champion), Thomas J. Churchill (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Checkpoint), Alain Washnevsky (Scandal, Septembers in Shiraz), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Bladerunner), EJ De La Pena (Nobility, Jingle All the Way), Tanna Frederick (The M Word, Queen of the Lot), Michelle Bernard (Any Given Sunday, Grease Live!), actress and model Miki Black (CSI: New York, Maxim, Benchwarmer), entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Lousine Karibian, founder and CEO of the World Networks and many others. 

AFT and CRI are the main sponsors for this event. Additional sponsors are Buiced, Coco Taps, Sharpe Interior Systems, Sur le Mur, Moby Arts, Bezgraniz Couture, and LA Fashion Week. "Live with Ford and Vida," which is co-hosted by celebrated actor Ford Austin and noted fashion blogger and actress Vida Ghaffari, is proud to be a media partner for this event. Austin is a trauma survivor as well as an Ambassador for Artists For Trauma and an inspiring success story. "I feel very blessed to have been embraced by Artists For Trauma and Laura Sharpe. We hope that with the support of AFT, we can shine a bright light of hope on the spirits of all trauma survivors and those overcoming PTSD," said Austin. 

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Source: The Williamson Management on behalf of Artists For Trauma


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