Updated: Friday, May 13, 2016 – 12:19 PM
The Blue Ribbon of the Music Center welcomed Her Serene Highness Princess Charlene of Monaco to Los Angeles at a luncheon and program held in the Eva & Marc Stern Grand Hall at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion yesterday. The event was part of a two-day trip to the city to announce the U.S. Chapter of the Princess Charlene of Monaco Foundation, a not-for-profit organization designed to promote water safety, sport and education programs particularly for children and young people. The princess is a former Olympic swimmer.
Blue Ribbon President Julie Goldsmith and event Co-chair Constance Towers Gavin welcomed the Princess and presented her with a commemorative award. They were joined by Los Angeles County Supervisor Hilda Solis and Mayor Eric Garcetti, both of whom presented proclamations and escorted the Princess into the hall. Mistress of Ceremonies Mary Hart engaged the Princess in a Q&A focusing on life behind the palace doors. Of special note, how she managed to juggle her many roles, not the least of which, mother to 18 month-old twins. A highlight of the afternoon was the singing of the National Anthem of the United States by Golda Berkman, 2015 Music Center Spotlight Award Winner and a Beverly Hills High School student. The event concluded with a performance by The Los Angeles Children’s Choir.
Wallis Annenberg was Honorary Chair for the event with Co-Chairs Sandra J. Ausman, Constance Towers Gavin, Lisa D. Janian, Louise Korshak, Carole Curb Nemoy, Ricki Ring, Joni J. Smith and Donna Wolff.