For saving the world’s children from Ritalin. Kidding. No, Tom was honored by Mentor LA, a nonprofit organization dedicated to revitalizing the schools and neighborhoods of some of the most disenfranchised communities in Los Angeles. Okay. So why was Tom honored? Well let me put it this way – the organization is chaired by Tom Cruise’s producing partner Paula Wagner.
“Mentor LA is extremely fortunate to have such an extraordinary supporter in Tom Cruise”, said MLA president Mike McGalliard, “We are very grateful to him for accepting this honor, and prviding us an opportunity to showcase Mentor LA’s work to improve schools and empower neighborhoods in the most underserved areas of our city. Tom is not only a worldwide box-office superstar and an amazing actor; he is also a devoted humanitarian and philanthropist.” “Our future on both a city-wide and a national level is dependent on educating and empowering the next generation,” said Cruise, “LA’s schools face tremendous obstacles. And, Mentor LAhas the right formula for success – it transforms public schools into great learning by bronging the best ideas, resources and innovations to schools that have the most need.”
More photos (Tom Cruise, Katie Holmes, Orlando Bloom, Giuliana Depandi, J.J. Abrams, Cameron Crowe, Nancy Wilson, Peggy Lipton, Demi Moore and Ashton Kutcher) from the Mentor LA’s Promise Gala Honoring Tom Cruise Red Carpet are after the jump.