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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Center Theatre Group Affiliates Enjoy ‘August Moon Soiree’

ABCS DONATION–The ABCs (Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies) presented a $600,000 check to the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center to continue its research studies to eradicate the diseases. From left are: Robert Klein, CEO of Saint John’s Health Center Foundation; Michael Wayne of the JWCI; Dr. Timothy Wilson, head of robotic plastic surgery; Dr. David Hoon, JWCI research; ABCs President Gloria Gebbia; Dr. Janie Grumley, head of the Breast Center at Saint John’s; and ABCs VP Sheri Rosenblum. In a separate ceremony, Shana Forman was awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award for her work with the ABCs. Photo by Shana Forman
AUGUST MOON –The Center Theatre Guild Affiliates staged the “Angels’ August Moon Soiree” with 100+ on hand to hear about the upcoming theatre season from CTG Artistic Director Michael Ritchie (third from left). He is joined by Maggy Simon of Beverly Hills (left), committee chair Marilyn Stambler, and Kim White Peterson (right), who hosted the event. Photo by Steve Cohn

Posted Monday, August 27, 2018 – 1:20 PM

On Sunday, Aug. 19 under a perfect August moon shining down upon the Mandeville Canyon abode of Kim White Peterson, the Center Theatre Group Affiliates staged the “Angels’ August Moon Soiree” to unveil the 2018-2019 theatre productions at Ahmanson Theatre, the Mark Taper Forum, and the Kirk Douglas Theatre. CTGA President Dr. Carmen Schaye introduced the man responsible for multi-Tony Award winners Michael Ritchie, artistic director, and Doug Baker, producing director, respectively of the Center Theatre Group who tantalized the 100-plus guests with highlights of the upcoming shows. Committee Chair Marilyn Stambler then announced that Maggy Simon will receive the 2019 Guardian Angel Award with their husbands, Jack Simon and Errol Stambler, beaming with pride.

Among those on hand were Ben and Ruth Flinkman-Marandy, Gordon Schaye, Judy Davidson, Judith Beckman, Greg and Tobe Karns, Mary Cutler, Carolyn Fried, Roberta Haft and Howard Rosoff, Alan and Helen Lowy, Sheldon and Annie Lehrer, Sandy Avchen, Ilene Eisenberg, Neal and Thea Koss, Barbara Saks, Robert and Harriett Rose, Daniel and Janice Wallace, Stephanie J. Hibler, Martin and Rosalind Zane, Marla Rubin, Gaile Ryan, Emery and Marsha Tauber Sallai, Steven and Jerri Nagelberg, Geoff and Carole Gillie, Larry and Janice Weiner, Craig and Marianne Mandel, David and Dinny Lesser, Lynda Fadel, and Beau Lavine.

Still more were Gary and Linda Goldfein, Stewart Fordham with Joyce Sheingold, Dina Goldstein, Carole Halperin, Robbie Solomon, Sheila Poncher, Irv and Gina Posalski, Linda Goldman, Diane Kessler, Carole Solomon, Jeffrey and Suzanne Sommer, June Sattler, Betsy Straszheim, Carol Schiffer, Christine Harte, Stephanie Germeraad, John and Donna Sussman, Melinda Kelly, Beth Grant with Michael Chieffo, Rita Lee, Ludwig and Carole Uri, Carole Pansky, Willand and Sharon Reisz,Bonnnie Sachs, Leah Mendelsohn, Diana Buckhantz, Yvonne Bell, Tyrone Davis, Erin Schlabach, Donna Venick, June Sattler, and several others.

The CTG Affiliates has raised millions of dollars supporting CTG’s Education Programs as well as the August Wilson Monologue Competition since 1971.

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I recently ran into a jewelry designer friend of mine, Natashia Montclaire, who I hadn’t seen for awhile and was so thrilled to hear great news concerning her career.

Stylists in the entertainment industry have been using her jewelry for photo shoots and TV… (I’m lucky to have several of her earrings and when I wear them get compliments galore)… and she was just invited to showcase her jewelry line during London Fashion Week in September. She’s also expanding her line to include necklaces and bracelets… looking forward to seeing and wearing them.

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Last week I wrote about a lovely luncheon that made me feel I was back on the beautiful isle of Ibiza, off Spain’s Mediterranean coast of Spain, with its bluer than blue waters and young people dancing, laughing and drinking… Well whenever we’re at Le Petit Four Restaurant on Sunset Boulevard, we get the same feeling by people-watching the celebrities and the international crowd. Owner Alex Margunthalea always makes everyone feel very special.

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And speaking of dining, I hope you’ll forgive a little bragging about my son, Hugh Mangum and step-son Micha Magid. Five years ago, Hugh won on the Food Network show Chopped. Shortly thereafter, the two of them opened a BBQ spot called Mighty Quinns, based in Manhattan. This has grown into a chain of 18 restaurants including six overseas in such spots as Dubai, Taiwan and Manila. They recently announced plans to franchise all over the world. I sure hope they don’t forget us in Beverly Hills while they are at it.


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