Pink's Hot Dogs Honored with 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Award

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June 02, 2017
More than 400 people attended the annual fundraiser where the Heroes Of Hollywood Awards luncheon presented by the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation honored Hollywood’s favorite Pink’s Hot Dogs on June 1st at the Taglyan Cultural Complex. Returning for another year in their roles as Co-chairs were Carol Sarian and Cindy Braun. ABC Entertainment guru George Pennachio served as celebrity Emcee.
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Our HERO Pink’s Hot Dogs is a 77-year-old landmark hot dog stand located at La Brea and Melrose in Hollywood.  Pink’s was started in 1939 by Paul and Betty Pink with a pushcart they purchased for $50.  The land on which the pushcart stood was leased for $15 per month; hot dogs at that time were 10 cents.  In 1941, Paul and Betty acquired the land through a bank loan for $4,000.  In 1946, Pink’s hot dog stand was built.  Paul and Betty operated the hot dog stand until 1985 when they retired and turned over the business to their family: Richard, Gloria, and Beverly.
Today, Pink’s attracts customers and tourists to Hollywood from around the globe. The hot dog stand is widely known for its unique atmosphere, variety of hot dogs, and Celebrity Wall of Fame. The dining room is famously filled with over 200 autographed photos of Hollywood celebrities who love Pink’s!
Appearances in movies, television, the Food Network, the Travel Channel, and travel books about Los Angeles make Pink’s a top Hollywood destination. Pink’s brandishes the tagline “A Hollywood Legend Since 1939” in 15 locations including Las Vegas, San Diego, New York, Miami, Hawaii, and the Philippines. 
Beyond bringing attention to Hollywood, Pink’s Hot Dogs has a charitable program called “Chili Dogs for Charity” that generously donates hot dogs and services to local and national charities including the Concern Foundation and Planned Parenthood. Hollywood organizations that have benefited include the Hollywood Boys and Girls Club, the Hollywood Division Police Department, Hollywood Fire Department, Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and Hollywood High School. 

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Additionally, the 2017 Heroes of Hollywood Awards luncheon honored Beatrice Girmala, Assistant Chief, LAPD; John Lyons, owner of the Avalon; and Baydsar Thomasian, Deputy District Director, Office of President Pro Tempore Kevin de Leon.
'Entertainment Tonight' Host Nancy O’Dell was recognized with the Mary Pickford Award. This prestigious award is given to a celebrity who has made a difference in the entertainment industry and the Hollywood community.
Founder and Owner of the Hollywood Museum Donelle Dadigan with the Distinguished Service Award in Memory of Johnny Grant making history by being the first woman to be recognized with the Johnny Grant award.

Platinum Level sponsor of the event is the Hollywood Museum in the Historic Max Factor Building and the Gold Level Sponsors include Avalon Hollywood, Children's Hospital Los Angeles, LaTerra Development, LLC., Managed Career Solutions, MBS Group, Pink’s Hot Dogs, and Taglyan Cultural Complex. The Silver Level Sponsors include City National Bank, The CrisCom Company, Famous Hollywood Dental Care, FilmL.A., Inc., Harridge Development Group, Hollywood Hotel, Hudson Pacific Properties, Jimmy Kimmel Live! Kaiser Permanente Los Angeles Medical Center, Occidental Entertainment Group Holdings, The Original Farmers Market, Pacific Commerce Bank, Pantages Theatre / Nederlander Concerts, Paramount Contractors & Developers, Southern California Gas Company, and US Bank.

The Annual Heroes of Hollywood Luncheon fundraiser allows the Hollywood Chamber Of Commerce Community Foundation to give out around $50k per year in grants to nonprofits in Hollywood that help the community.

About the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce -
For more than 96 years, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce has provided leadership, business development resources, networking, and government affairs programs and services to keep the Hollywood business and residential communities safe, relevant and economically vital. Jeff Zarrinnam of Hollywood Hotel, is the Chair of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Board of Directors 2017-18, and Leron Gubler is the President/CEO of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce. For more information please visit

About Heroes of Hollywood –
The Heroes of Hollywood Awards recognize exceptional leaders in the Hollywood community who have transformed the lives of others and/or have made a remarkable contribution to the physical environment.  Since 1993 the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation has saluted more than 125 extraordinary leaders from Hollywood, through what was previously named the Women of Distinction Awards.  Since 2011, the awards have honored both male and female leaders, as well as families, businesses and organizations. The awards ceremony serves as one of two major fundraisers for the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation, a 501(c)3 organization dedicated to improving the lives of Hollywood community members. All funds raised from this luncheon will be awarded in the form of grants to local charitable organizations.  “Heroes of Hollywood” Awards Committee is comprised of members of the Hollywood Chamber who are volunteers and have proven to be community leaders themselves. For more information, visit 

Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation –
The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation is an organization within the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce that promotes outreach and the well-being of the non-profit organizations within the community. The Hollywood Chamber of Commerce Community Foundation achieves its goal by awarding grants to support and advance the educational, cultural and economic interests of the Hollywood community. The Foundation is unique because, as part of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce, it illustrates the success of a business advocacy group giving financial assistance to the community that it serves, namely the charities that are members of the Hollywood Chamber.

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