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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Thalians Presidents Club Honors Entertainer Pat Boone, Maestro James Conlon

Joining in the festivities at The Thalians brunch at the Music Center downtown were (from left): Dee Dee Benkie, co-honoree Pat Boone, guest speaker Joey Paulk, actor Paul Sorvino, co-honoree James Conlon, event chair/coordinator Stephanie J. Hibler, and music conductor Gary S. Greene. Photo by William Kidston

 Posted: Tuesday, March 6, 2018 – 11:14 AM

It was indeed a “President’s Day Brunch Spectacular” when The Thalians Presidents Club honored Beverly Hills’ own legendary entertainer Pat Boone and maestro James Conlon, Richard Seaver Music Director Los Angeles Opera, high atop the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion at the Music Center downtown.

Pat sang some of his timeless hits accompanied by Gary Greene and his Big Band of Barristers. Also entertaining was vocalist Pamela Clay while KNBC’s Fritz Coleman served as emcee and live auctioneer.

 The brunch raised substantial funds benefiting The Thalians charities including UCLA’s Operation Mend which provides mental health services for wounded war veterans, according to the event’s chair and coordinator Stephanie J. Hibler. One of the latter was Army specialist Joey Paulk who gave a moving speech describing what faces wounded vets upon their return to the U.S.A. from duty in the Middle East.

Dr. Irwin Lehrhoff, Thalians board chair (who founded of the Presidents Club), and Ruta Lee, board chair emeritus, presented Angel Awards to Mary Bulgarelli and Madeline Gussman of Beverly hills, for their special support. Thalians’ president Kira Lorsch, introduced Operation Mend founder Ron Katz accompanied by Dana Katz.

A fun time was had by all including more great music and dancing until late in the afternoon.

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Sure to be another fun time on Tuesday, March 13, is the Fulfillment Fund’s “A Legacy of Changing Lives” gala in the Ray Dolby Theatre at Hollywood and Highland. Cherma and Dr. Gary Gitnick, founders of the Fulfillment Fund, will be honored for their 40-plus years of service to the students of the L.A. area.

Special guest presenters will be Robert DeNiro and Bradley Cooper.

The event will be catered by Wolfgang Puck with entertainment by Charles Fox and members of the Songwriters Hall of Fame.

Dinner co-chairs include Kathy and Frank Baxter, Edyth and Eli Broad, Susan A. Buffett, Megan and Peter Chernin, Jan and David Crosby, Stedman Graham, Frann and Jim Gray, Hawkins Mikita, Kate Hudson, Amy Pascal, Rich Ross, Anne M. Sweeney, Jessie Tyler Ferguson, Justin Mikita, Sally Whitehill, and Mark Gordon.

For tickets, call 323-900-8789 or email:


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