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.
The Thalians Presidents Club, a special fund-raising auxiliary group of The Thalians hosted and held its “Evening Soiree—Fall In Love Beneath The Stars” event at the home of Howard and Sonya Waldow.
Stephanie J. Hibler was event chair and coordinator of the evening that featured a cocktail reception with vendors, live auction, dinner and entertainment and dance music by “The Four Fabs” (a Beatles tribute group) with Michael Sherman as “Ed Sullivan” and singer Pamela Clay.
Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, founder of The Thalians Presidents Club reported that The Thalians has raised more than $30 million for mental health services.
Current fund-raising efforts are focused on Operation Mend at UCLA that provides specialized mental healthcare services to U.S. military men and women wounded in Iraq and Afganistan.
Thalians Board Chair Emeritus Ruta Lee introduced and congratulated Dr. Thomas Strouse of Operation Mend.
Debbie Reynolds is president emeritus of The Thalians.
Special thanks went to Paul Matsumoto and Jeff Lehman of Edwards- Lowell Furs, and Jonathan Ratter.
Ferrari North America Celebrated Its 60th Anniversary In The U.S. With A Star-Studded Black-Tie Gala On Saturday And 60 Prize Ferraris On Rodeo Drive For A Historic Exhibition. Some 1,000 Ferraris Rolled Into Town For The Event.