‘Star Trek’ Star Awards Funds to Children’s Charities

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William Shatner, left, appears with David DiCristofaro from Wells Fargo to present awards to the charities.

William Shatner is probably the busiest man in Hollywood. At almost 85 (this March), the veteran stage and screen star–best known for his legendary role as Capt. James T. Kirk in the Star Trek TV series and films–is about to release a new book and is starring in a one-man show at the Nokia Theater. Also a renowned philanthropist, he has helped raise millions of dollars for kids in need.

Shatner recently hosted a gifting ceremony in Studio City to award funds raised from the Wells Fargo sponsored 2015 Priceline.com Hollywood Charity Horse Show (HCHS), an event he has spearheaded for over two decades. “… we have been able to help thousands of young Angelinos thanks to the support we receive from our generous sponsors and attendees,” Shatner said in a press release. “We are so happy to award the funds raised at the 2015 event to these special-needs organizations.”

Twenty-three children’s charities were the recipients, including Ahead With Horses, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Hollenbeck Police Activities League and The Painted Turtle, to name a few.

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Shatner, an avid horseman, shows off his riding skills. Photo courtesy: Putnam & Smith

Every spring, the HCHS brings together world-class reining horses and riders who compete for top honors in their respective classes. The five-day event, beginning June 4 this year, includes an auction and music show put on by headline talent. In the past, programs featured entertainers like Brad Paisley, Ben Folds, Lyle Lovett, Willie Nelson, Randy Travis, Sarah McLachlan, Sheryl Crow, Joe Walsh and Vince Gill. It’s an event to which Shatner says horse lovers of the Conejo Valley should rally. “If you want to eat well, watch a great horse show, all for helping children, this is worth your while,” Shatner told CV Happening. For more information and to order tickets, go to www.horseshow.org.

A prolific author with more than 30 titles to his credit, Shatner is about to release a memoir entitled, Leonard: My Fifty-Year Friendship with a Remarkable Man, a personal reflection of his friendship with Star Trek co-star and dear friend, Leonard Nimoy. It’s already receiving “rave reviews” and will be released on February 6th.

Shatner is currently touring in Shatner’s World: We Just Live In It, a 90-minute one-man tour de force through his legendary career featuring personal anecdotes and music. The show debuts in the Los Angeles area on Jan. 29 at Club Nokia. Click here for ticket information. 

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