Science Fiction Inspires Philanthropy

Lea Michele - Chrysalis 2013

Lea Michele at the Butterfly Ball 2013
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Chrysalis is a nonprofit foundation in Los Angeles that is backed by some high profile Hollywood stars, including Colin Farrell, Lea Michele and J.J. Abrams.  The organization focuses on helping the homeless population of Los Angeles build skills and find jobs in order to work their way to self-sufficiency.  This weekend Chrysalis held the annual Butterfly Ball to honor the top champions for the fight against homelessness. Among top honorees this year were Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci, writers and producers of the latest Star Trek film “Star Trek: Into Darkness”.

Kurtzman and Orci were honored for their contribution to helping the homeless along with agent Josh Lieberman and entertainment executive Katherine Pope.  The evening included an impressive red carpet and cocktail hour, then a full service dinner and awards ceremony.  The event marks another positive note in the Star Trek universe, as Star Trek creator Gene Roddenberry was widely known for his vision of a better future.  Star Trek television and films promote equality, peace and diversity, so charitable efforts from its creative team is a natural fit.  Today, the Roddenberry Foundation carries on the good name the Star Trek family has created through supporting science and humanitarian projects such as stem cell research and Heifer International.

Alex Kurtzman and Roberto Orci - Chrysalis 2013

Kurtzman and Orci arrive as honorees to the Chrysalis Butterfly Ball 2013.
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Star Trek director J.J. Abrams also supports the charity and helped present the award via video to honorees Kurtzman and Orci.  Chrysalis also presented an award to their client of the year, Johnny Gutierrez, who has successfully completed Chrysalis training and is now able to maintain employment and stability.  Previous honorees have included Seth MacFarlane and Salma Hayek.


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