Please join us for our 28th Annual Dinner, the Alliance’s largest fundraising event of the year, to honor Karey Burke, ABC Entertainment, with the Champion for Children Award and Susan SaltzChild Advocate and Film Producer, with the Francis M. Wheat Community Service Award.


Thursday, March 5, 2020 | 6:30 pm Cocktails | 7:30 pm Dinner
Beverly Hilton Hotel (9876 Wilshire Blvd, Beverly Hills, CA 90210)
Business/Cocktail Attire

Hosted by: Anthony Anderson
Live Performance by: John Legend


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Warren LittlefieldDawn Olmstead

Kevin Reilly

Jay Sures


Susan FriedmanCliff Gilbert-LurieLeslie Gilbert-Lurie
Rick RosenToni Schulman


Rod Aissa
Kenya Barris
Carolyn Cassidy
Agnes Chu
Joe Cohen
Joanna Coles
Christina Davis
Jonnie Davis
Craig Erwich
Blake Fronstin
Ari Greenburg
Todd Holland &
Scotch Ellis Loring
Craig Hunegs
Pearlena Igbokwe
Aaron Kaplan
Mike Kelley
John Landgraf
Steven Levitan
Eva Longoria
Melissa Loy
Dan McDermott
Doug Robinson
Sonya Rosenfeld
Susan Rovner
Jennifer & Bert Salke
Michael Seitzman
Ben Spector
Ricky Strauss
Kim & Eric Tannenbaum
Krista Vernoff
Dana Walden
Richard Weitz
Cori Wellins
Tom Werner



Jack SaltzDick Wolf


Tom Werner


ABC Entertainment, Freeform, FX Networks,
Disney Television Studios, and Disney+

City National Bank
Gibson Dunn
Leslie & Cliff Gilbert-Lurie
Karen Mack & Russell Goldsmith
Proskauer Rose LLP
Susan Stockton & Chris Walther
Ziffren Brittenham LLP


A+E Networks
Orly Adelson & Rick Rosen
Richard & Susan Braun
Creative Artists Agency
Irell & Manella LLP
Manatt, Phelps & Phillips, LLP
Munger, Tolles & Olson LLP
Melissa & Alex Romain
Toni & John Schulman
The Sidley Austin Foundation
Venable LLP


Discovery, Inc.WilmerHale


3 Arts Entertainment
Amazon Studios
Jessica & Matt Babrick
Capital Group
Carothers DiSante & Freudenberger LLP
James P. Clark
Erin & Trent Copeland
Nancy & Donald de Brier
Shelley Eisinger Stark & Jerry Ward
Eisner, LLP
Alan Epstein & Megan McGowan Epstein
Dan Fogelman
Greenberg Traurig, LLP
Jack in the Box
Johnny Carson Foundation
Yasmine & Matt Johnson
Kapital Entertainment
Kaplan Stahler Agency
Mayer Brown LLP
Abby & Alan Myerson
Jeanne & Gary Newman
O’Melveny & Myers LLP
Paradigm Talent Agency
Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas
Skadden, Arps, Slate, Meagher & Flom LLP
Sony Pictures Television
Suzan Hughes Education Foundation
Vin Di Bona Productions
Dana & Matt Walden
Warner Bros. Television Group
Wasserman Foundation
Alison Whalen & Steve Marenberg
White & Case LLP
Winston & Strawn LLP
The Wonderful Company


Amblin Partners
Bryan Cave Leighton Paisner LLP
Clyde & Co US LLP
Dena Cook
Cooley LLP
Covington & Burling LLP
Crowell & Moring LLP
Susan & Scott Edelman
Jeffrey, Linda & Rachel Eisikowitz
Endemol Shine North America
Elisa Fernandez & José Sanchez
Fox Corporation
Fox Rothschild LLP

Hansen, Jacobson, Teller, Hoberman, Newman, Warren, Richman, Rush, Kaller & Gellman L.L.P.
Hueston Hennigan LLP
ICM Partners
Jo Kaplan & Larry Feldman
Marilyn & Jeffrey Katzenberg
Kibre & Neman LLP
Lionsgate and BBC Studios
Sally & Dick Lippin
The Littlefield Company
Wendy & Barry Meyer
Mitchell Silberberg & Knupp LLP
Morgan Stanley
Paramount Pictures
Paul Hastings LLP
Philpott Meeks
Craig Platt
Robinson Granatt LLP
Dawn & Phil Rudolph
Seyfarth Shaw LLP
Shook, Hardy & Bacon, LLP
Kris & Mike Spazafumo
Mandy Teefey
Tyson & Mendes
Krista Vernoff & Alexandre Schmitt
Wheelhouse Entertainment & ITV Studios 

Karey Burke

President, ABC Entertainment

Karey Burke, president, ABC Entertainment, is responsible for all development, programming, casting, marketing, business affairs and scheduling operations for ABC primetime, late-night and daytime.

Since arriving at ABC in December 2018, Burke has developed some of the most critically acclaimed and widely viewed live television events, including the Emmy® Award-winning “Live in Front of a Studio Audience: Norman Lear’s ‘All in the Family’ and ‘The Jeffersons,’” as well as “The Wonderful World of Disney presents The Little Mermaid Live!” Under her leadership, ABC tied as the No. 1 broadcast network for 2019 (excluding sports) and regained the title as the No. 1 network for summer for the first time in 24 years, propelled by the No. 1 series of summer – “The Bachelorette” – and an expanded and successful “Summer Fun & Games” brand. Additionally, ABC has three of the top five new fall series – “Stumptown,” “Emergence” and “mixed-ish.”

Prior to ABC Entertainment, Burke served as executive vice president, Programming and Development at Freeform. In this role, she was charged with overseeing all scripted and unscripted development and current original programming, in addition to casting and talent development. Before Freeform, Burke partnered with director Todd Holland in Dark Toy Entertainment, producing “Free Agents” for NBC, as well as Matthew Perry’s comedy “Go On.” Previously, she joined Ashton Kutcher and Jason Goldberg as the third partner in their company, Katalyst Films. Prior to joining Katalyst, she partnered with Jamie Tarses in an overall production deal with NBC Universal Television. From 1999 until 2003, she served as executive vice president of Primetime Series at NBC.

The Alliance for Children’s Rights is proud to celebrate Karey Burke and honor her with the Champion for Children Award, recognizing her longstanding support of our mission through philanthropic leadership and advocacy.

Susan Saltz

Child Advocate, Film Producer

Susan Saltz is a documentary film producer, CEO of New Light Media, and President of the Gary Saltz Foundation, which supports education, health, and improving the lives of children and youth. Susan has served on the Board of Directors for the Alliance for Children’s Rights for eight years, and further promotes the well-being of children, youth, and human rights through her involvement with EduCare, Jewish World Watch, Coalition for Engaged Education, Pine Ridge Girls School and others. Susan also co-founded JUNTOS, an organization that integrates trauma-informed counseling and practices into the school district of Lennox.

Among the films Susan has produced are the award-winning RISING SONS, OUT OF THE ASHES, AFRICAN STORY MAGIC, and HER MAJESTY (Associate Producer). Susan has a Master’s Degree in Spiritual Psychology, attended NYU Graduate School of Film, and received a double BA from Stanford University. She is mother to two wonderful sons who have brought her deeper understanding of childhood and the world.