Danny Trejo, who starred in a PSA for Los Angeles recovery center CRI-Help, will again show up for the institution by appearing at its 50th-anniversary celebration where he will be honored with an inaugural Vanguard Award.
Scheduled for May 14 at 8 p.m. at Santa Anita Park, the program includes a menu by the actor’s Trejos Tacos, a special musical performance, an anniversary ceremony and a screening of Inmate #1: The Rise of Danny Trejo. The 2019 documentary traces Trejo’s life and career, from doing hard time in prison to finding recovery and building a lasting Hollywood career and several standout L.A. businesses.
Trejo has been sober more than 50 years and has remained committed to giving back, serving as a recovery advocate and providing services and mentorship to many in the recovery community and those battling substance abuse issues. He’ll share the spotlight with CRI-Help, the nonprofit that, since its formation in 1971, has since helped more than 45,000 people by offering services to people of every income level.
The 76-year-old Trejo is prepping for a busy summer during which he will release a memoir titled Trejo: My Life of Crime, Redemption, and Hollywood. The tome, co-written with actor pal and best friend of 20 years, Donal Logue, is set for publication July 6 from Atria Books.
Tickets for the CRI-Help drive-in are available here.