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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai Diamond Jubilee Gala Sparkles

At The Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies “Mother’s Day Luncheon” at the Four Seasons were (from left): honorees Dr. Drew Pinsky, Rachel Zoe, and Mercedes Javid, joined by ABCs President Gloria Gebbia, and luncheon co-chair Beverly Cohen. Photo by Vince Bucci

Posted: Friday, May 18, 2018 – 2:10 PM

The Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai did it again. What a fantastic evening as it honored Lyn and Norman Lear at the 60th anniversary “Diamond Jubilee Gala” at The Beverly Hilton.

We were welcomed (or should I say, danced) into the ballroom by The Big Bad Voodoo Daddy Band. We so enjoyed its music during the evening.

Gala co-chairs were Judy Briskin, Wendy Goldberg and Vera Guerin and Gina Furth, president of the Women’s Guild. The latter presented a check for $1 million to Art Ochoa, senior VP of Community Relations and Development.

Among those on the gala committee were Brenda Fritz, Caryl Golden, Ruth Blumkin, Beverly Firestein, Tina Gittelson, Laurie Gordon, Lorette Gross, Atoosa Nehorai, Lynn Brookman, Barbara Herman, Pary Mosenifar, Barbara Kaye Rothman, Dorothy Salkin, Lauren Segal, Tania Tavangarian, Linda Zale and Shelly Cooper.

Jason Alexander was the evening’s host. He is so funny and witty as we all know from his role on Seinfeld, plus his extensive extraordinary diversity as a writer, composer, director and magician.

Pierce Brosnan introduced the Lears and spoke about their accomplishments and philanthropy. Norman created such TV classics as All In The Family Maude, Good Times, The Jeffersons, Sanford And Son, and Mary Hartman, Mary Hartman… while Lyn is a highly regarded a social and political activist, as well as passionate for the arts and the environment.

And then it was time for our musical performance by Sergio Mendes and Brazil 66… I didn’t sit in my seat once they came on… I can only say that many of the guests were on theirs feet moving to his great beat in the aisles… He could have played all night.

I must also comment on the book we received… loving photos and events from 1957-2017… Whatever the secret behind these women looking so great is, I want their formula. Thank you all and congratulations to the Women’s Guild on an incredible six decades.  

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The Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies (ABCs) hosted its star-studded “Mother’s Day Luncheon” at the Four Seasons on South Doheny Drive to benefit breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.  

The festivities honored media personality/author Dr. Drew Pinsky as Father of the Year; fashion designer/author Rachel Zoe as Mother of the Year; and TV’s Shahs Of Sunset personality/realtor/philanthropist Mercedes Javid as Woman of Achievement.

“Without doubt, Dr. Drew, Rachel, and Mercedes are three prominent advocates for health and wellness in our community,” said Gloria E. Gebbia, president of the ABCs. “We are deeply grateful for their commitment to the issues that we champion.”

Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board at John Wayne Cancer Institute, said: “Thanks to the generosity of the ABCs and other generous donors, we are able to continue the innovative and groundbreaking research discoveries in the fight against cancer.”

Actress/comedienne Kym Whitley was emcee while Beverly Cohen and Sheri A. Rosenblum co-chaired the event.

The ABCs was formed 28 years ago by a group of dedicated philanthropists who had originally been associated with the Eddie Cantor Charitable Foundation, an organization that supported a variety of causes. Today, the ABC is 200 members strong and growing. Since 1990, the group has raised more than $15 million to support the John Wayne Cancer Institute’s research in advancing treatment and detection of both breast and prostate cancer.

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Otis College of Art and Design staged its 36th Scholarship Benefit and Fashion Show for the first time on the newly expanded Elaine and Bram Goldsmith campus in Westchester. Benefit Chair Shelley Reid and Otis College President Bruce Ferguson welcomed the sold-out crowd, noting the show fell on the eve of Otis College’s centennial year.

Notable attendees included actress Hana Mae Lee, designer Jason Wu, athlete and former ambassador Sid Williams, Johnson Hartig of Los Angeles label Libertine, Jose Fernandez of Ironhead Studios, Otis College Board Chair Emerita Elaine Goldsmith, Cliff and Mandy Einstein, Billie Miriam Weisman and many others.

The event showcases collaborations of industry mentors and students in the fashion design program, and is one of the key sources of scholarship funding for Otis students, aimed particularly at assisting those from underprivileged circumstances who have a keen interest in the arts and design.

This year, juniors and seniors worked with top leaders in fashion and costume design who served as industry mentors, assigning students to work with distinct scenes all falling under the general theme of Celestial Bodies.

The 2017 to 2018 mentors included Rod Beattie of Bleu, Marisol Gerona Bradford, VP of Design & Development at NBC Universal Consumer Products; Chris Chang for Poesia, Claudia Cividino, CEO of Bally Americas; costume designer Louise Mingenbach with Jose Fernandez for Ironhead Studios, Johnson Hartig for Libertine, Davora Lindner for Prairie Underground and Sapna Von Sick for Alo Yoga. Each mentor worked with their students from sketch selection through model fitting, visiting the college throughout the academic year to guide, advise and develop student designs.

The runway show included more than 125 unique designs, and upon conclusion of the evening fashion design student William Wang was honored as the Student Designer of the Year by Jill Zeleznik, chair of the Fashion Design Program.  

All designs featured in the final scene of the show, an elegant evening wear collection inspired by the signs of the zodiac led by mentors Jose Fernandez and Louise Mingenbach, will be exhibited this summer at the A+D Architecture and Design Museum in downtown L.A.’s Arts District.

Founded in 1918 by Gen. Harrison Gray Otis, the college was the first professional school of art in Southern California and one of the preeminent art and design schools in the United States, known for its unique industry partnerships in entertainment, art, and design.

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