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Conan O'Brien co-chairs Children's Defense Fund gala for 5 teens
Conan O'Brien co-chairs Children's Defense Fund gala for 5 teens

The event: Most Los Angeles awards dinners pay tribute to Hollywood stars, VIP business leaders or big-time philanthropists. But at the Children’s Defense Fund-California’s “Beat the Odds” dinner, the VIPs and stars turned out to celebrate five outstanding high school students. The scene: From the podium, co-chair Conan O’Brien said he’d been asked to thank supporters for coming to Culver City for Thursday’s affair at the BookBindery. “No one says ‘Thanks for coming to Beverly Hills,’” O’Brien noted, before pointing out that the venue – once used by the University of California system to bind books – made...

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