By Victoria Talbot
The Beverly Hills community ushered in the holiday season last Sunday at the annual Holiday Lighting Celebration on Rodeo Drive.
Despite the rain, over a thousand guests celebrated a truly unique #OnlyOnRodeo experience which began with longtime Entertainment Tonight host Mary Hart, the event’s emcee, making a $10,000 holiday donation to Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, and capped off with a spectacular fireworks display.
Before the show, attendees enjoyed complimentary treats from local eateries like Bouchon and Sprinkles with the inaugural “Taste of the Holidays."
Once the program began, spectators enjoyed tunes by singer Megan Hilty, along with Louis Price, formerly of The Temptations, for a rousing seasonal songfest.
The event also included a special visit from Santa Claus himself, who joined the festivities amidst a barrage of beautiful fireworks that lit up the sky above Rodeo Drive.
Of course, the season is just beginning! Stretching from South Santa Monica Boulevard to Wilshire Boulevard, Rodeo Drive will remain “wrapped” in couture through Jan. 3, with over 10,000 lights illuminating 58 palm trees.
The event also kicked off the opening of several kiosks on Rodeo where people can give the gift of warmth - by leaving gently-used coats - or make donations to the Salvation Army and the Maple Center through the holiday season.
Take a peek at some spooky decorations in and around Beverly Hills this Halloween. Is yours missing? E-mail a picture to firstname.lastname@example.org!
All photos by David Berke
This year’s annual fundraising gala dinner for the Virginia Robinson Gardens proved to be a spectacular evening as stylish attendees helped celebrate Beverly Hills’ first estate while honoring local philanthropist Joni Smith. Held to the theme “La Dolce Vita”, the beautiful evening soiree on the grounds of the onetime home of Virginia and Harry Robinson featured delicious fare, live music, professional dancers to entertain, stunning decor and enviable gift bags. Gala chairs were Adrienne Horwitch, Ricki Ring and Cindy Fields.
Last Sunday, world leaders, Chinese dignitaries and local elected officials converged in Beverly Hills for the Committee of 100’s annual conference, discussing issues important to the Chinese-American community and furthering U.S.-China relations. Celebrity Photo/Scott Downie
Celebrities and locals gathered for a good cause last Friday night, coming together in Bel-Air for the third annual Stone Canyon Crawl. The annual gathering, benefitting the United Friends of the Children (UFC), began at Hotel Bel-Air for cocktail hour before partygoers “crawled” to the nearby Bel-Air home of Fred Rosen and Nadine Schiff-Rosen for dinner. After filling up on the delicious meal generously provided by Chinois on Main, and wine donated from Kistler Wineries, Jubilation Merlot and dessert wines from Wally’s, the crawl moved across the street to the home of Bruce Karatz and Lily Tartikoff, where guests ended the night munching on delectible desserts from Susie Cakes and Sprinkles. The mission of the UFC is to empowers current and former foster youth on their journey to self-sufficiency through service-enriched education and housing programs, advocacy, and consistent relationships with the local community. Other Stone Canyon Crawl sponsors included: California Olive Ranch, Colgin Cellars, Erewhon, Sugar Paper and Tobi Tobin | Luxury Candles, Fragrance, and Chocolates Photos by Matt Lopez
The sold-out third annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival was held Jan. 21-23 at both the Rancho Mirage Public Library and the Helene Galen Auditorium at the Annenberg Center for Health Sciences at Eisenhower Medical Center. Led by Library Director David Bryant and Festival Founder Jamie Kabler, the festival is a “celebration of the written word.”
Among the impressive authors and dignitaries attending Kabler and Bryant’s wonderful event were: Andrew Roberts, A. Scott Berg, Jessica Fellowes, Geoffrey Cowan, Chad Harbach, Jason Matthews, Masha Gessen, Bret Stephens, Marvin Kalb, Lord Michael Dobbs, Victoria Kastner, Beth Macy, Dinaw Mengestu, Scott McEwen, Molly Guptill Manning, Lee Child, David Ebershoff, Hampton Sides, Hector Tobar, Jodi Kantor, Peter Heller, William D. Cohan, Bob Mankoff, Ari Shavit, Sally Denton, H.W. Brands, Robert Hicks, Barbara Isenberg, Dana Gioia, Phil Klay, Robert Hicks, Lee Child, Celeste Ng, Rob Lieber, T. Geronimo Johnson, Stacy Schiff, Matt Bai, Beverly Johnson, Dave Barry, Jonathan Gottschall and Gov. Gray Davis.
Tickets for the fourth-annual Rancho Mirage Writers Festival go on sale in the spring, visit www.rmwritersfest.org for more information.
Photos by Gregg Felsen
The Courier received a series of 25 photographs of soldiers and their canines. They are produced here in their entirety with the original captions, author(s) unknown. Each photo bears a tale (tail?) of courage, companionship and hardship in pursuit of the one gift so many of us take for granted - freedom. Somewhere, this holiday, soldiers are keeping us safe around the world. The luckiest ones will share their holidays with a dog. Happy Holidays, and thank you, wherever you are.
The Beverly Hills Montage Hotel was the setting for a perfect celebration of the inaugural Will Rogers Awards. Residents enjoyed Dave Koz, Master of Ceremonies and an event that held all the excitement of an Academy Awards night. For the list of winners, please turn to page 12. Proceeds from the gala will benefit the ongoing restoration of the City’s most iconic Beverly Gardens Park, gracing Santa Monica Boulevard for over 100 years, through the Beverly Hills Community Charitable Foundation and the Friends of Beverly Gardens Park.
The night could not have been more perfect at this year’s Robinson Gardens Patron Gala. Held on a warm summer night last Saturday beneath twinkling lights on the lawn outside Beverly Hills first mansion, over 150 people were in attendance, having fun and raising money for this important cultural landmark which serves over 2,100 students every year. For this year’s gala, held to the theme “Moonlight and Roses” in honor of Virginia Robinson’s favorite flower and the evening light that illuminates the mansion’s sprawling botanical gardens, the Friends of Robinson Gardens honored Courier Publisher/President Marcia Wilson Hobbs with the Spirit of Beverly Hills Award and Virginia Robinson Gardens Superintendent Timothy L. Lindsay with the Garden Champion Award. “I hope you will all do the best you can to preserve this treasure,” Hobbs said upon accepting the award. The spectacular evening was chaired by Patti Reinstein, Julia Klein, and Kerstin Royce. Photos by Lee Salem Photography
On Tuesday, July 21, hundreds of Beverly Hills dignitaries and community members gathered together at Beverly Gardens Park with Courier staff to celebrate the 50th anniversary of the Beverly Hills Courier. Mayor Julian Gold presented Courier President & Publisher Marcia Wilson Hobbs with a proclamation honoring The Courier’s 50 years of service to the Beverly Hills community. Visitors munched on treats and refreshments generously provided by the Beverly Hilton, the Beverly Hills Market, Beverly Hills 90210 Water, Hansen’s Cakes, The Peninsula Beverly Hills, Urth Caffe and Walter’s Cafe. Photos by Scott Downie, unless otherwise noted
An estimated 30,000 people flocked to Rodeo Drive last Sunday to celebrate Father’s Day at the 2015 Rodeo Drive Concours d’Elegance, which featured Alfa Romeo as the honored marque and paid tribute to the Autobahn, Autostrade and Route 66.
Honorary Chair Wallis Annenberg joined with event Co-Chairs Linda May and John Bendheim welcomed 500 donors to the Wallis Annenberg Center for the Performing Arts in Beverly Hills for a spectacular Lunar New Year Celebration on Saturday night. At the Jan. 31 gala celebration for the Year of the Sheep, which officially begins Feb. 19, local philanthropist Ming Hsieh (born year of the sheep) said sheep are known for their tenderness, intelligence and sensitivity. The benefit, which honored Eva Hsieh, founder and designer of Eve by Eve’s in Beverly Hills, featured concert performances in the Bram Goldsmith Theatre by acclaimed pianist Rueibin Chen and Madame Sun Ping from the Beijing Opera. Wolfgang Puck catered the food, which was beyond delicious, and lion dancers entertained attendees at the pre-concert reception. “The Lunar New Year has always been a big event in Beverly Hills and in Southern California and some of our patrons who are from China had suggested the idea,” said Jerry Magnin, chairman of the board. "It was really nice to have a lot of new visitors. One of the missions of The Wallis is not to just be for Beverly Hills; it's to be for all of Los Angeles. This is unique in the City and we want to bring people from all over Los Angeles here.” The evening was produced by J. Ben Burgeois Productions and the dinner committee included: Hannah An, Carol Cheng-Mayer, Aileen Adams and Geoffrey Cowan, Grace Jin and Li Li, Heln King, Niki and C.L. Max Nikias, Marc Selwyn, Sue Tsao and Anna Fang and Michael Yang.
The Friars Charitable Foundation hosted its Annual Holiday Lunch-eon and Program for hundreds of children in need, last week at Beverly Hills’ Temple Emanuel.
Attendees included children, toddler to 14, from: LA’s Best, Catholic Big Brothers Big Sisters, California Karate Club/Eucalyptus Elementary School, Eastmont Community Center, Los Angeles County Sheriff’s Youth Activity League Foundation and Variety Boys and Girls Club.
Beverly Hills Police Of-ficer Tony Adams with his K-9 partner, Aeden, where on hand to visit with the children.
Lunch was catered by Joann Roth-Oseary of Some-one’s In The Kitchen. Popcorn and cotton candy carts provided additional treats.
Entertainment included Hart to Hart DJ, plus there was Robbie Britt (as Santa Claus) and Silly Sallys’ clowns.
Each child received a special holiday gift plus $5 cash.
The Foundation has hosted its Holiday Program for more than 45 years. “This is a gift for the children of Los Angeles,” said Foundation President Marilyn Stambler.
Beverly Hills kicked off the Holiday Season Sunday as only Beverly Hills can, with Santa Claus rappelling down the Luxe Hotel, “snow” confetti falling, music and the beautiful glow of 150,000 lights in Baccarat Crystal chandeliers lining Rodeo Drive. “Residents and visitors of all ages were wowed at the sights and sounds of the gorgeous Baccarat chandeliers. The fabulous lighting ceremony was the perfect way to kick off a very happy holiday season in true Beverly Hills style,” said Mayor Lili Bosse.
Beverly Hills residents got into the spooky spirit this year by decorating their homes. Check out some of the cool, creepy decorations around the City. Photos by David Berke
Pets from all over Beverly Hills are getting into the Halloween Spirit. Check out this fun collection of cats and dogs from around the city, and also from Sunday at 2 Rodeo’s Bow Wow event to benefit the Amanda Foundation. Pussy and Pooch dressed it up for Wags and Walks, saving animals from high-kill shelters.
Fred and Joyce Hameetman generously hosted a special event and dinner at The Wallis to inform a group of scientists and patrons of the most recent advances of the UCLA Galactic Center, which uses the W.M. Keck Observatory atop Hawaii’s dormant Mauna Kea volcano, along with a powerful technology called Adaptive Optics (AO) that Ghez helped pioneer for use in astronomy. AO corrects the distorting the effects of the Earth’s atmosphere in real time. The clear pictures AO provides have shown that exactly what happens near a supermassive black hole is quite different than what theoretical models have predicted, challenging many of our notions of how black holes shape our galaxy.
Last Saturday, the Petersen Auto Museum held its annual 2014 Bold Moves Gala, benefittng the Robert E. Petersen Free School Bus Program. At the gala, the Petersen announced new partnerships with Xbox to create the “Forza Motorsport Experience” and Linksys to provide state-of-the-art Wi-Fi and networking for the new museum and honored industry icons Mike Love of The Beach Boys, Jim Farley and Keith Crain.
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