The Children’s Defense Fund’s “Beat the Odds” Awards

Zoe Saldana, Holland Roden, Alexis Bledel, Michelle Monaghan

Pictured: Zoe Saldana, Holland Roden, Alexis Bledel, Michelle Monaghan

The Children’s Defense Fund’s 22nd Annual “Beat the Odds” Awards was at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The event introduced the audience to five Los Angeles high school students whose stories of strength and triumph server as an inspiration to all. Michelle Monaghan started the ceremony with remarks, Conan O’Brien presented Richard Kent of Belmont High School his award; Reese Witherspoon presented Yahydia Iñiguez of Helen Bernstein High School in Los Angeles her award; Elisabeth Shue presented Roneisha Pugh of St. Mary’s Academy in Inglewood award; and Zoe Saldana and Trey Thompkins presented fraternal twins Jade and Jalen Woods of Frederick K.C. Price III School in Los Angeles their awards. For more info, visit the Children’s Defense Fund website.

Alice Eve, Reese Witherspoon, Hannah Simone, Miranda Cosgrove

Pictured: Alice Eve, Reese Witherspoon, Hannah Simone, Miranda Cosgrove

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