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Posted: Monday, March 14, 2016 – 12:17 PM

The Independent School Alliance for Minority Affairs ( will honor outstanding members of the community at its annual “Impact Awards” gala, March 22 in The Beverly Hilton.

Honored will be NBA veteran Baron Davis; Joshua G. Hamilton, partner in Paul Hastings LLP; Jeffrey Harleston, general counsel and executive VP of business and legal affairs for Universal Music Group; and CPA Marial Harleston. Chairing the gala are Brian Laibow, Benjamin Nazarian and Nina Shaw.

Established in 1985 by a group of Southern California school heads, the alliance is composed of 54 private, independent elementary and secondary schools endeavoring to increase their diversity. During the past 14 years, alliance students have received nearly $70 million in financial aid from member schools.

Individual tickets begin at $500. For ticket information, call Rebecca at 323-904-4400.

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It was a delicious, delightful and fun afternoon and evening when Planned Parenthood Los Angeles held its 37th annual Food Fare at The Barker Hanger in Santa Monica.

The event featured more than 100 of California’s best chefs, restaurants and caterers including A.O.C., Border Grill, Jar, Porta Via, Lacques, Angelilni Osteria, Fig Restaurant Santa Monica, Mayura Indian Restaurant, Qusqo Bistro & Gallery, Rosti Tuscan Kitchen, Clementine, Michael’s Santa Monica, Drago Centro, Pinks Hot Dogs, Smile Frozen Goods Ice Cream, Got Kosher? Catering, Sweet Lady Jane Bakery, Westside Tavern, Bel Air Bar & Grill, and An Catering by Crustacean.

In addition to the endless food samples, we also enjoyed refreshments, wine, beer, spirits, cocktails, coffee and tea from more than 35 purveyors…

For the first time, PPLA Food Fare chose an honoree to hold the esteemed title of “Restaurateur of the Year”… The honor went to Jenny Rush of Blue Plate Restaurant Group for her contributions to Los Angeles culinary scene. Rush’s three restaurant concepts Blue Plate, Blue Plate Oysterette and Blue Plate Taco also provided some of their delicious taste treats to guests.

Dozens of raffle and auction items including the popular silent wine and spirit auction featuring collectable vintages and other unique collections had us bidding away, hoping to win some of the many prizes which included exclusive and unique entertainment and culinary experiences, dream vacations and private dinner parties at renowned L.A. restaurants.

We also had the opportunity to shop for art, jewelry, handbags, accessories, home décor, fur and leather fashions, cashmere throws, kids fashion and much more at the many boutiques.

Among the dozens of prestigious chefs we had the opportunity to meet were former Food Fare Chefs of the Year: Brooke Williamson and Nick Roberts, Celestino Drago, Suzanne Goin, Joe Miller, Susan Feniger, Mary Sue Milliken and Alain Giraud…

Congratulations to Event Co-Chairs Amy Gordon, Elisa Marks and Cindy Scheinman and all the others who put together a terrific event even though I had to loosen my belt a notch or two… Well worth it.

Food Fare began in 1979 with a cooking demonstration by Julia Child and has grown during the last 37 years to become one of L.A.’s oldest and most celebrated food events. An annual event, Food Fare is highly anticipated by food lovers, PPLA supporters and the general public as an opportunity to sample the best food and drinks the area has to offer. Food Fare is hosted by the PPLA Guild, a group of over 170 women dedicated to providing financial and volunteer support.

PPLA’s 20 health centers throughout Los Angeles County provide care to nearly 150,000 women, men, and teens each year. More than 93-percent of the care PPLA provides is preventative, including life-saving cancer screenings, birth control, annual exams, and STD testing and treatment.

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The Anti-Defamation League honored three extraordinary women at its 21st “Deborah Awards” dinner on March 3 at the SLS Hotel on La Cienega. The event, co-chaired by Faith Cookler and Sharyn Nichols, raised $300,000 for ADL programs to fight anti-Semitism and bigotry.

Honored for their philanthropic dedication to the community were Carol Cheng-Mayer, senior VP of Bel Air Investment Advisors LLC; Mónica Gil, senior VP/general manager of Multicultural Growth & Strategy at Nielsen; and Jill Black Zalben, partner of Black Equities Group and director of the Joyce and Stanley Black Family Foundation.

Attorney Lisa Bloom, herself a previous Deborah award recipient, served as emcee and referred to the honorees as “smart, successful, dynamic women who give their time to improve our community and raise the bar for all of us.”

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