Miranda Cosgrove & Holland Roden Attend the Children’s Defense Fund – California Beat the Odds Awards

December 7, 2012

Children's Defense Fund - California Hosts 22nd Annual Beat The Odds Awards - Red Carpet

Miranda Cosgrove stepped out for the Children’s Defense Fund – California’s 22nd Annual Beat the Odds™ Awards ceremony last night, December 6, 2012, at the Beverly Hills Hotel in Beverly Hills.

The celebration honored five Los Angeles high school “stars” in recognition for their excellence in academic achievements, despite the overwhelming obstacles that stand in their way. In addition to Cosgrove, celebrity guests at the event included Holland Roden, Colton Haynes, Melissa Beoist, Alexis Bledel, Reese Witherspoon, Miranda Cosgrove, Benedict Cumberbatch, Alice Eve, Greg Grunberg, Mary McCormack, Michelle Monaghan, Holland Roden, Zoe Saldana, Elisabeth Shue, Hannah Simone and Trey Thompkins, among others.

Hollywood celebrities and supporters paid tribute to five inspirational high school students who “beat the odds” in achieving success in academic performance and accomplishments, while overcoming the tremendous challenges and personal hardship present in their daily lives. After remarks from actress Michelle Monaghan, 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 respectively.

After the event, Miranda tweeted, “Went to The Children’s Defense Fund event tonight and was so inspired by all the young adults that were honored.”

Congrats to all the honorees!

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