American actor Michael Madsen has made legendary contributions to cinema. With infamous roles in everything from Reservoir Dogs (Quentin Tarantino), Donnie Brasco (Johnny Depp) to Kill Bill: Vol 1 & 2 (Uma Thurman), Sin City (Bruce Willis) and The Hateful Eight (Samuel L. Jackson) he has made a lasting legacy on Hollywood. With a career spanning three decades, he is one of the world's most recognizable names in filmed entertainment and will continue to be so long after his time. Madsen now lends his voice to TEN MILLION THROWAWAYS.
Deon Joseph is a law enforcement consultant who has worked for the LAPD for over 24 years, twenty-two of those years in downtown Los Angeles’ Skid Row community. From patrolling the streets or providing a shoulder for the community to lean on to meeting with public figures and advocating for change, Deon is driven to create an environment conducive to change for the homeless and those trying to reclaim their lives from the grip of addiction. He is an honest, faithful, passionate and caring man.
In 1982 Nick Vujicic was born without arms or legs and given no medical reason for his condition. Faced with countless challenges and obstacles, Nick had the strength to surmount what others might call impossible. His non-profit 'Life Without Limbs’ is all about sharing hope and genuine love that he has personally experienced with people all over the globe. Traveling extensively to over 69 countries and being invited into very unexpected places to share his story - literally millions have been inspired.
Fritzi Horstman is the Founder and Executive Director of CPP. She is a Grammy-award winning producer for her work on “The Defiant Ones”, has been a producer and post-producer on dozens of television projects and documentaries and has directed several films. She believes it is urgent to bring humanity and compassion to those living behind bars and these acts will help transform our society. She has a Bachelor's Degree from Vassar College.
Bill has served as the CEO of Covenant House California (CHC), since 2014. With 25 years of child welfare and homeless services experience, Bill’s passion for working with youth, came from his parents, who have been foster parents for 30+ years and adopted 8 of his 11 siblings through the child welfare system. Bill began his career in social work doing street outreach, residential care and behavioral modification therapy in Chicago, Illinois in the mid-1990s. He subsequently spent 13 years with the DOC’s and Family Services.
Shirley Raines is the founder of Beauty 2 The Streetz. Recognizing that the lack of a home does not mean a lack of humanity, Beauty 2 The Streetz aims to serve the homeless by providing necessities alongside the things that make us feel inherently human: a hot shower, a hearty meal, the hope-inducing feeling of looking in the mirror and loving what you see. Shirley and her team are building friendships on LA’s Skid Row, based on equality and compassion and it is this that brings beauty to the streets.
Robert Riley, serves as an Addiction Counselor for the Clayton Behavioural Addiction Medicine Centre. He develops structure and strategy for Addiction Education outreach programs in schools and communities, which range from simple presentations to half-day and full-day programs. Robert is the Co-founder of the Missouri Network for Opiate Reform and Recovery and the Missouri SAFE Project (Syringe Access for Everyone) and since 2012 has been instrumental in advocating for change at state and national levels.