The word “gala” can make some brains automatically hit the snooze button. Perhaps that’s why Creative Visions Foundation likes to put on a different type of show. Their recent 2014 Turn On LA awards gala for pioneering creative activists is anything but typical. Aside from honoring CNN’s Dr. Sanjay Gupta, director Sanjay Rawal, documentarians Chris Temple and Zach Ingraci, director, producer and fine art photographer Lekha Singh and recent Nobel Peace Prize recipient Malala Yousafzai, the event also sought to inspire future leaders.

Attendees enjoyed a spoken word performance by poet/philosopher In-Q and music by Aloe Blacc who performed his hit songs, “I Need a Dollar,” “Wake Me Up,” and “The Man.” Supporters included Rocky Dawuni and Maria Bello. Here’s a behind the scenes look at some of the lively red carpet action.