Yesterday Elysabeth and I had the privilege of attending the 8th Anniversary celebration of an amazing organization called CAST - The Coalition to Abolish Slavery and Trafficking. I've blogged about CAST before, here and here. The event was amazing. It was held in the home of Stanley & Betty Sheinbaum. In their home we observed one orginal Piccaso and photos of Stanley with Bill Clinton, Jesse Jackson, Jimmy Carter and many other famous people.
We saw clips from the upcoming films Amazing Grace and Trade. CAST honored a number of truly remarkable people including Eric Garcetti and Amy Wakeland and Mira Sorvino. Everyone was seated and the program had begun when Mira slipped in quietly and sat down in the open seat...next to me! See the picture above (click to enlarge). I've never been so star struck in my life! She literally took my breath away. Not only is she a great actress but she is an amazing scholar and activist. She graduated magna cum laude from Harvard where her thesis on Human Right in China won an award. Oh, did I mention she speaks Mandarin?
She was being honored by CAST for her work in fighting human trafficking and slavery. In 2005 she stared in a Lifetime made-for-TV moved called Human Trafficking, with Donald Sutherland. She was nominated for a Golden Globe for that role. During her research for her role as an ICE agent in Human Trafficking she contacted CAST and learned from their expertise. Since then, she has done amazing work in Sacramento and Washington, DC in fighting for rights for the survivors of human trafficking.
Elysabeth said on the drive home, "Who knew when we were watching that show on TV that we would be sitting next to Mira Sorvino as she is being honored for her work on that movie?" Hollywood is truly an amazing place. I've been talking about this for 24 hours straight now. Tonight my wife asked me if I had a crush! I'll never tell....