CoachArt’s 15th Annual Gala of Champions to Honor Headspace CFO Sean Brecker

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CoachArt Gala of Champions to raise almost $1 million to support children affected by chronic and life-threatening illnesses

The 15th annual Gala of Champions will be held on October 10 at 6 p.m. at The Beverly Hilton in Beverly Hills, California. The Gala, hosted by CoachArt, a Los Angeles-based nonprofit organization that provides free arts and athletic programming to youth impacted by chronic and life-threatening illnesses, honors individuals for exceptional professional success and personal humanitarianism.

This year, the Gala of Champions will honor Sean Brecker with the Heart and Humanity Champion Award. Brecker is Chief Financial Officer of Headspace, a global leader in meditation and mindfulness headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with more than 40 million users across 190 countries. He is also a member of the board of directors of CoachArt.

“I’m beyond humbled to be honored by CoachArt,” Brecker said. “Their programs are near and dear to my heart, and the work they do is so important in providing access to such life-changing experiences to well-deserving kids.”

2019 CoachArt Gala of Champions Honoree Sean Brecker Making a Difference for Kids Impacted by Chronic Illness at CoachArt YouTube Club in Los Angeles

2019 CoachArt Gala of Champions Honoree, Sean Brecker (CFO Headspace, CoachArt board member), makes a difference for kids impacted by chronic illness at CoachArt’s YouTube Club in Los Angeles.

Our program will feature entertainment by CoachArt kids and inspiring stories from the past year.

Highlights from the 2018 CoachArt Gala of Champions at the Beverly Hilton:


The Gala of Champions will also honor Allison Holmes, Senior Director of Operations & Strategy at the Annenberg Foundation, with the Courage and Hope Award.

“I didn’t expect to have a life story that included chronic illness but, having been diagnosed with lymphoma earlier this year, I now do,” Holmes said. “So the question becomes, how do I use this story to help someone else — and encourage others to do the same? How can all of us use our personal stories in service of others? Working with CoachArt is one wonderful way to do just that.”

Past Gala of Champions honorees include: Ynon Kreiz, CEO of Mattel; Kevin Mayer, Chairman, Direct-to-Consumer and International at the Walt Disney Company; Jeremy Zimmer, co-founder and CEO of United Talent Agency; Robert Kyncl, Chief Business Officer of YouTube; venture capitalist Mark Suster; Ted Chervin and Chris Silbermann, founders of ICM Partners; and Dick Costolo, former CEO of Twitter.


“Linking LA” at the 2019 Gala of Champions

“Linking LA,” the theme of the 2019 Gala of Champions, celebrates the life-changing link between student and coach. “Thanks to the generosity of Sean Brecker and Allison Holmes, our donors, volunteers, and tireless staff and board, we’re positioned to link more families to our community of support than ever before,” Greg Harrell-Edge, CoachArt’s executive director, said.

Founded in 2000, CoachArt uses the proven power of arts and athletics to spark students’ imagination and build confidence by providing long-term, no-cost arts and athletic opportunities for chronically ill children and their siblings. This year, CoachArt will match almost 500 kids with 400 volunteer coaches for more than 12,000 hours of programming in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego. The Gala of Champions brings together business leaders, entertainment executives, community members, volunteers, and CoachArt families in support of the organization’s mission. In 2018, approximately 500 Gala attendees helped raise more than $750,000.

Multiple sponsorship opportunities are still available for the 2019 CoachArt Gala of Champions. For additional information or Gala tickets, please visit or contact Colton Alexio at (213) 545-2324 or


About CoachArt

Give a "virtual high five" on National High Five Day (Thursday, April 19th), and $5 will be donated to CoachArt!CoachArt provides a transformative learning community for children impacted by chronic illness by providing no-cost lessons in the arts and athletics. CoachArt was founded in 2000 by Zander Lurie and Leah Bernthal, in memory of Zander’s father, Dr. Arthur Lurie, a cardiac surgeon who recognized the need for long-term support and enrichment amongst the pediatric patient population. Today, CoachArt offers high-quality arts and athletics activities to children in Los Angeles, the San Francisco Bay Area, and San Diego with the support of volunteers and community partners. To get involved with CoachArt as a volunteer or participate in its activities, please visit or call (213) 736-2850.


About Sean Brecker

2019 CoachArt Gala of Champions to Honor Headspace CFO Sean BreckerSean Brecker is Chief Financial Officer of Headspace, a global leader in meditation and mindfulness headquartered in Santa Monica, California, with more than 54 million users across 190 countries. After Brecker joined the company in early 2014 with a strong economic and business background, he played a pivotal role in raising the company’s first round of funding in 2015 led by investor The Chernin Group. In 2017, Headspace raised an additional $37M Series B round led by Spectrum Equity, bringing its total funding to $75M. Brecker is the driving force behind all financial and commercial matters, overseeing the growth of the company as it continues to expand and develop its content.


About Allison Holmes

allison-photoAllison Holmes is Senior Director of Operations and Strategy at the Annenberg Foundation, a family foundation that for over 30 years has been known for its broad grantmaking and innovative initiatives. Her current role includes oversight of programs such as AnnenbergTech and PledgeLA, Annenberg Space for Photography, and Annenberg Learner. Previously, Holmes served as Associate Dean of Marketing and Communications at UCLA Anderson School of Management. She began her career as a journalist after receiving her BA from Duke University and her master’s degree in writing from the American Film Institute. She lives in Los Angeles with her husband Adam and her three resilient kids Bryce, Caroline, and Bennett.

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