4th Annual Single Mom’s Awards


Single Moms Planet’s 4th Annual Fund-Raising Event to Gather Celebrities, Athletes and Notable Personalities on May 11!


LOS ANGELES, Calif. (May 17, 2017) –The star-studded 4th Annual Single Mom’s Awards took place at The Peninsula Beverly Hills on May 11. Presented by Single Moms Planet, a Los Angeles-based non-profit organization created to assist struggling single mothers, the Single Moms Awards honors notable individuals who inspire, provide an example or give support to single mothers through their work, philanthropy or volunteerism.

Actress Garcelle Beauvais was honored as Entertainer of the Year; Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks, Earth Friendly Products CEO, was honored as Business Innovator of the Year; Baby Ecos was honored as the Family Brand of the Year; Gayle Jackson, Co-Founder, and CEO of The DeSean Jackson Foundation, was honored as Sports Mom of the Year; Joanna McFarland, Carolyn Yashari-Becher and Janelle McGlothlin, founders of Hop Skip Drive, were honored as Corporation of the Year; Christy Salcido, Senior Vice President of Ketchum Inc., was honored as Visionary of the Year; Jan Perry, General Manager of the Los Angeles Economic & Workforce Development, was honored as Leader of the Year; and Karla Keene, CEO of Clarity RX, was honored as Entrepreneur of the Year.

“I am very honored to be here to receive this award and to be a part of such strong community of people,” Beauvais said. “I am very thankful to Single Moms Planet and to my incredible family which is the most important thing in my life!”

Single Moms Planet was founded by event producer and television host, Neferteri Plessy to bring much-needed programs to under-resourced single mother households.


“The honorees are exemplary business women and philanthropists who exemplifies the values of Single Moms Planet,” said Neferteri Plessy, founder of Single Moms Planet. “This event helped raise awareness and needed funds that will assist many single mothers facing poverty and other challenges.”


The event, held at The Peninsula Beverly Hills, was hosted by NBC 4 Los Angeles reporter Beverly White and author/TV personality Rosie Rivera, sister to late banda singer Jennie Rivera. Among the guests were NFL stars DeSean Jackson, Rodger Saffold, Jamon Brown and Todd Gurley, as well as actors Daphne Wayans, Carrie Stevens, Christy Buss, Alyssa Reeves and many others.

[Rodger Saffold, LA Rams; DeSean Jackson wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers; Jamon Brown, LA Rams; Todd Gurley, LA Rams as seen here showing their support of Single Moms Planet.]

This year’s presenters included Los Angeles Rams running back Todd Gurley; Actor, Tom Williamson (“The Fosters”); TV Producer, Kerri Zane; Entrepreneur, Anastasia Soare, founder of Anastasia of Beverly Hills; CEO of The Balanced Mom, Asia Saffold; and noted fashion bloggers Heidi Nazarudin and Rachel Pitzel.

DeSean Jackson, wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers showed up to support his mother as she was being honored as the Single Moms Planet, “Sports Mom of the Year.”

[DeSean Jackson wide receiver for the Tampa Bay Buccaneers attends the Single Mom’s Awards in support of his mother Gayle Jackson as she received Single Moms Planet “Sports Mom of the Year” Award.]
[Gayle Jackson, “Sports Mom of the Year” on the red carpet for the 2017 Single Mom’s Awards.]

[Noted fashion blogger Heidi Nazarudin, presents entrepreneur Karla Keene the Founder & CEO, of Clarity RX, with the Single Moms Planet, “Entrepreneur of the Year Award.”]

[Kelly Vlahakis-Hanks the president and CEO of Earth Friendly Products, and the Baby ECOS™ line of plant-powered cleaners. Kelly received the “Business Innovator of the Year” for her work in developing safer green formulations in the ECOS™ and Baby ECOS™ lines of cleaning products. In addition, Baby ECOS™ received special recognition as the “Family Brand of the Year” for protecting families and the environment.]

[The Honorable Jan Perry was presented the “Leader of the Year” award by Todd Gurley, running back for the Los Angeles Rams.]

[Joanna McFarland, Carolyn Yashari-Becher and Janelle McGlothlin, founders of Hop Skip Drive are presented with the “Corporation of the Year” award by the CEO of The Balanced Mom and wife of NFL Player Rodger Saffold of the LA Rams.]

[Christy Salcido the VP of Ketchum PR is our 2017 “Visionary of the Year!” Christy was presented this prestigious award by her boss and wonderful support system Melissa Kinch The Director and Partner at Ketchum West. Melissa flew in from San Francisco to honor Christy at the 4th Annual Single Mom’s Awards and to personally share their story of friendship.]

[Anastasia Soare, founder of Anastasia of Beverly Hills, presents actress Garcelle Beauvais with the Single Moms Planet, “Entertainer of the Year” award.]

[Single Moms Awards | 2017 Single Mom’s Awards Honorees]

The Single Mom’s Awards was created to raise funding to support under-resourced single mother households. 

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    Single Moms Planet is a nationwide movement, and non-profit organization. Nationwide we rally the 22 million widowed, military, and divorced, single mothers who are raising one in every third child in America. When You Empower A Single Mom, You Empower The World!