CoachArt to Honor Robert Kyncl, Google/YouTube Head of Content Partnerships, at 2012 "Gala of Champions" Celebration
Eighth annual gala celebrates "the art of improving lives" for children and adolescents with chronic and life threatening illnesses
LOS ANGELES, Sept. 18, 2012 /PRNewswire/ -- CoachArt, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit providing arts and recreational activity coaching to children and adolescents with chronic and life-threatening illnesses, will honor Google/YouTube Global Head of Content Partnerships Robert Kyncl with the Champion Award at its eighth annual "Gala of Champions" at the Beverly Hilton on October 18. The event will bring together CoachArt families, members of the community and business leaders to recognize Kyncl's cultural contributions and philanthropic efforts, as well as the outstanding contributions of CoachArt volunteers and supporters.
"Thanks to Robert, audiences around the globe have access to a world of entertainment media at their fingertips. Refreshingly, his dedication to these causes also shows the importance he places on the art of improving lives," said Thyonne Gordon, Executive Director of CoachArt. "We are thrilled to honor Robert for his outstanding contributions to the community." In his current role, Kyncl leads a global media platform where online creators can push the boundaries of traditional entertainment and audiences can take charge of their own programming. Moreover, Robert is also a CoachArt supporter and recently participated in the Camp CoachArt activity clinic.
"I am honored and humbled by CoachArt's recognition," said Kyncl. "I take great pride in being able to help others — there are very few things as gratifying as the smiles of appreciation received in return."
Over the past decade CoachArt has been connecting chronically ill children and their siblings with qualified volunteer mentors for free weekly lessons in arts and athletics, providing affected families with "permission to play." To date, CoachArt has served more than 2,500 children and manages more than 800 volunteers and program partners annually in the Greater Los Angeles, Orange County and San Francisco Bay areas.
Last year more than 600 guests attended the Gala of Champions, helping raise over $750,000 towards continued support of CoachArt programming. This year's event will bring together friends both new and old to help continue this tradition of excellence.
Several levels of sponsorship opportunities are still available for the Gala of Champions and the "Champions Lounge" After Party. For additional information regarding sponsorship opportunities or tickets for the Gala of Champions, go to http://www.galaofchampions.org/ or contact Carolyn Mason at email@example.com.
About Robert Kyncl
Robert Kyncl is Google's Global Head of Content Partnerships. Robert's focus is to build out Google's presence in the entertainment world. He oversees content partnerships across the movie studios, record labels, sports leagues, broadcasters, cable networks, talent agencies and new media companies. Prior to joining Google Robert was Vice President of Content Acquisitions at Netflix, where he spearheaded the company's content acquisition for streaming TV shows and movies over the Internet.
In addition to his professional contributions, Robert and his family support the American Cancer Society's Relay for Life, St. Jude Children's Research Hospital, St. Vincent's Meals on Wheels program and The Door, a New York-based youth organization. Kyncl also serves on the Media Council for the Paley Center.
CoachArt's mission is to improve the quality of life for children with chronic and life-threatening illnesses and their siblings by providing free lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt matches volunteer mentors with its students to provide lessons based on the child's preferred activity.
For the past ten years CoachArt has served more than 2,500 children, and in 2011 CoachArt managed more than 15,000 donated volunteer hours by 665 volunteers and more than 78 program partners. To find out how to become involved with CoachArt as a volunteer mentor or to take part in the activities, please visit www.CoachArt.org or call 213-736-2850.
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