If you were at the Healthy Child Healthy World gala last night, you’d have seen that concern for children’s environmental health certainly brings out the celebs — though not child celebs, as the cocktail-party-and-dinner affair was really for the 21 and over crowd.

Sheryl Crow, Jessica Capshaw, Amy Smart and Ricki Lake were among the many celebrities who came to the LEED-certified Montage in Beverly Hills to show their support for the eco-health nonprofit Healthy Child Healthy World. They and many other supporters of the nonprofit came undeterred by the strong winds — which had Montage employees handing wraps to the guests trying to enjoy pre-dinner wines on the patio.

But the purpose of the gala wasn’t just to give Healthy Child Healthy World some star power. In fact, the event honored a “regular” parent, Shelby Rodriguez, as the 2009 Mom on a Mission for her work to stop a polluting, roof-tarring project in Antelope, Calif. Read the powerful story about Shelby’s efforts to keep air cleaner in her community — despite multiple personal and scary threats — at Healthy Child Healthy World.

Know a Mom on a Mission in your community? The 2010 nominations are now open — so give your neighborhood activist her due praise. The Healthy Child Healthy World website offers a wealth of eco-living tips and resources. Visit the newish interactive guide Eat Healthy, which has advice and recipes from celebrity moms such as Gwyneth Paltrow and Meryl Streep. Visit and learn.

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