Exceptional Minds Among Honorees at “Valley of the Stars” Gala

Yudi Bennett (left), board member of “Exceptional Minds,” the nonprofit school and working studio for young adults with autism, accepts the “Star of the Valley” Education award from the Valley Economic Alliance at its annual Valley of the Stars Gala and Awards ceremony.  Also honored were former Los Angeles Laker Derek Fisher (Arts and Entertainment Award); “Maria’s Italian Kitchen” founder Madelyn Alfano (Business Award) and Patrick McClenahan, CEO of Goodwill Southern California (Humanitarian Award.) The event was held at the City of Calabasas Civic Center.