CNN iReport: Louie Anderson illuminates the night

“Luminaries” shown bright at the UCLA Visionary Ball on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills. From medicine to entertainment, the likes of comedian Louie Anderson were honored for their contributions and compassion.

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“Luminaries” shown bright at the UCLA Visionary Ball on Thursday, Oct. 14, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills.  From medicine to entertainment, the likes of  comedian Louie Anderson were honored for their contributions and compassion.

The event, hosted by actor Mario Lopez, the handsome face of the syndicated TV entertainment news program “Extra” brought the two together in true red carpet style.

Recognized this year with the Rodney Respect Award, the comedian, (Anderson) was chosen as he embodies the late actor and comedian Rodney Dangerfield’s uncommon professional legacy and devotion to making a difference in the lives of others.  Louie, a stand-up comedian for more than two-decades, created a successful niche in the animated world with “Life With Louie,” and is the author of three books.

Known also for reviving the pop culture  phenomenon and game show, “The Family Feud,” from 1999 to 2002, he has worked with numerous charities and is the co-founder of the H.E.R.O. organization, whose mission is to empower the homeless and those at risk of becoming homeless to “attain maximum self-sufficiency.”

In the immediate aftermath of Sept. 11, 2001, Anderson performed at a New York City benefit for the widows of fallen policemen and firefighters. Previous Rodney Respect Award recipients have included Jay Leno, Tim Allen and Jim Carrey.

A big “thank you” to Louie for being such a gracious spirit and for truly making a difference in the lives of those who are some of the most vulnerable.