Posted: Friday, July 27, 2018 – 12:18 PM
The Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation will honor former Beverly Hills Mayor Nancy Krasne and actor Tyler James Williams at its “Guts & Glory Gala” from 6:30 p.m., Thursday, Sept. 13 in The Beverly Hilton.
Krasne has had a long and overflowing career serving our Beverly Hills community. She was chair and vice chair on the Architectural Commission for several years before her election to the City Council and then mayor in 2010. Before that, she devoted her life to philanthropy, serving on several boards and volunteering her time to many charities.
Williams is mostly recognized for his role as the title character in Everybody Hates Chris, and has appeared in The Walking Dead and Criminal Minds: Beyond Borders, plus the upcoming ABC drama series Whiskey Cavalier. As a recently diagnosed Crohn’s disease patient, he has become a passionate patient advocate.
The “Guts & Glory Gala” will feature a chef’s tasting menu, live and silent auctions, and a full program. Proceeds will support research, education, and support groups, including Camp Oasis, for those with Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis.
Chairing the event is Melissa Mitchell with Caryl Golden, Cathy Greenly, PJ Lewis and Michael Semler as her executive committee members.
Serving on the gala committee are Hope Anisgarten, Cecelia Assaf, Steve Basilone, Shawn Lacey Bullen, Masha Chase, Dina Cohen, Bobbe Joy Dawson, Alexis Day, Jaye Eigler, Judy Felsenthal, Josh Green, Darren Greenly, Brittany Greenly, Morgan Handel, Ryan Handel, Evelyn Heyward, Shari Kairey-Cohen, Lori Lasman, Dayna Lerner, Claire Levine, Suzann Levine, Amanda Lewis, Ronda Lippman, Ashley Morrow, Bari Milken-Bernstein, Jason Mitchell, Mandy Mitchell, Lisa Neipris, Darcy Praw, Sydnee Rimes, Stephanie Sandler, Roxy Sowlaty, Tara Sowlaty, and Alyssa Weinberger.
The non-profit Crohn’s & Colitis Foundation is a volunteer-driven organization dedicated to finding the cures for Crohn’s disease and ulcerative colitis, which affects 1.6 million Americans.
For ticket information, visit www.gutsglorygala.auction-bid.org or call 310-478-4500.
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Meanwhile, at noon on Saturday, Aug. 4, at Montage Beverly Hills, Porntip Bui Simon, who 30 years ago was crowned Miss Universe 1988, will celebrate that anniversary as the founder/president of Angels Wings Foundation by awarding 30 California-based Thai-American students with academic scholarships to further their education. Last year the Angels Wings Thai Scholarship Program saw 24 students of Thai ancestry receive such educational support.
“The scholarship program was created to offer the opportunities to ambitious Thai students with dreams of pursuing a higher education, but lacking financial support. I experienced first-hand what it was like as an immigrant child surviving in Los Angeles with well-intended parents who barely spoke English. Education was my pathway to finding my place in the world,” explained Simon, who founded Angels Wings Foundation, International in 2002 as a direct means to build and fund schools and orphanages, and support various issues that impact underprivileged children in Thailand.
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This Sunday (July 29), the Kardashian/Jenner clan will be out in full force along with other celebs at the Forum in Inglewood for the “If Only Texas Hold’Em Poker Tournament” presented by the City of Hope’s Future Hope Committee and the Forum. Kris Jenner, Kim Kardashian West, Khloe Kardashian and Kendall Jenner will be among those helping the raise funds for clinical research to fight cancer, diabetes and other life threatening diseases. Shelli and Irving Azoff are bringing together their celebrity friends and entertainment industry impressarios for the event. Tickets will be available on-site or by visiting: https.//www. city of hope.org/forumpoker.
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Growing up in New York, I was always dancing… whether at Roseland where I danced with teachers who worked with professional dancers or during the summer at Poe Park where we danced to the great sounds of the day. And, of course, there were so many other wonderful moments of dance with a lot of singing and laughter.
Recently I realized that for the last several months many of us have been in a down/depressed frame of mind what with children killing children, murders and terrorism on the rise all over the world, and in our own land.
Well, I snapped back into the wonderful world of dancing and singing when I switched on the TV and came across the movie Mamma Mia! being shown to celebrate its 10th year anniversary. Not only did it have the lyrics of the songs on the screen to sing along to but it played twice and I was singing and dancing around the house to the great songs. If that wasn’t enough they also were showing Hairspray and Grease. Talk about being in seventh heaven!
As a young girl I remember some of the fabulous musicals that had me and my friends singing and dancing all over the place. Just think of Seven Brides For Seven Brothers, Show Boat, An American In Paris, Singin’ In The Rain, Annie Get Your Gun, Gentlemen Prefer Blondes, The King And I, Jailhouse Rock, High Society, The Wizard Of Oz, A Star Is Born, Deep In My Heart, Brigadoon, Summer Stock, The Sound Of Music, West Side Story, On The Town, Anchors Away,The Band Wagon, South Pacific, Kiss Me Kate, Top Hat, Holiday Inn, Blue Skies, Kismet, LiLi, Gigi, Les Miserables and even more recently La La Land.
Then I went to the theatre and saw the just released Mamma Mia! Here We Go Again, and the fabulous singing and dancing had most of us in the audience moving and singing in our seats to its several great songs… It was wonderful to see so many happy faces and upbeat attitudes coming out of the movie. I was back in my youth, if only for a short time.
How great it would be for all of us to have song and dance back in our lives. For Hollywood studios to realize that perhaps, if we had more of these fabulous musical movies instead of all those “shoot ‘em ups,” monster flicks, and sci-fi’s, the upcoming generations would have a lot more laughter and happiness in their lives and a lot less thoughts of killing, suicide and depression. Think of the recent hit song Be Happy...Let’s be just that.
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And while we’re on the subject of great music, one of my favorites, Dionne Warwick, will be having a special tribute at 7 p.m. next Wednesday (Aug.1) in the Paley Center, 465 N. Beverly Dr., which will honor this multi-Grammy-winning star’s five decade career.
Called “A Special Evening with Dionne Warwick: Then Came You,” the evening will include the premiere screening of her new PBS special, plus tributes from Gladys Knight, Barry Manilow, Smokey Robinson, Burt Bacharach and others.
Beverly Hills’ own Larry King will be on hand for an in-person chat centered around her storied career that includes hit songs such as I Say A Little Prayer, Walk On By and That’s What Friends Are For.
Admission is $20 for Paley members and $30 for the general public. For information, visit http://www.paleycenter.org.