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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Stars Shine At ABT’s Holiday Benefit

The Beverly Hilton was the scene of the American Ballet Theatre’s spectacular “Holiday Benefit Dinner.” Pictured (from left): Event Co-Chair Sutton Stracke; ABT Board Chair Andrew F. Barth; Emcee/Actress Jennifer Garner; ABT Principal Dancer James Whiteside; ABT Executive Director Kara Medoff Barnett; and ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie. Photo by Vince Bucci
Actress Sharon Lawrence; Producer Nigel Lythgoe; and ABT Principal Dancer Misty Copeland. Photo by Vince Bucci

Posted Monday, December 31, 2018 - 12:52 pm

What a beautiful, exciting evening at The Beverly Hilton when the American Ballet Theatre hosted its annual “Holiday Benefit Dinner” featuring one-night-only performances by world renowned ballet artists. These included dancers Stella Abrera, Isabella Boylston, Misty Copeland, Sarah Lane, Hee Seo, Christine Shevhenko and Corey Sterns who performed scenes from the ABT repertoire before joining the more than 300 guests for a post-performance dinner and dessert.

Actress Jennifer Garner was the funny and adorable emcee who introduced excerpts from the holiday classic The Nutcracker created by celebrated choreographer and ABT artist-in-residence Alexi Ratmansky plus scenes from his Harlequinade which will have its West Coast premiere next month at the Segerstrom Center in Costa Mesa.

Also featured were segments from Jessica Lang’s Garden Blue, Michelle Dorrance’s exhilarating medley of tap dance and ballet Dream Within A Dream, plus the always popular Don Quixote.

The night’s co-chairs were Avery and Andrew Barth, Sarah Arison, Sutton Stracke, Stewart Smith and Robin Ferracone with special support from the Lloyd E. Rigler-Lawrence E. Deutsch Foundation. Proceeds will support the American Ballet Theatre and its educational programs.

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The nighttime show at the Hollywood Improv turned into a star studded holiday special to benefit Children’s Hospital Los Angeles.

Hosted by Stephen Kramer Glickman of Warner Bros.’ Storks, he was joined by fellow comedians Matt Walker, Mike Black and Mike Glazer for the event which was produced by New York actor Chad Jones.

The live auction at the club raised more than $15,000 but this total was doubled with a matching donation from Credit Unions for Kids.

The evening certainly ended on a sweet note as the audience was treated to Krispy Kreme Donuts

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