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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Colleagues Honor Jane Seymour, Oscar De La Renta Creative Designers

The traditional spring luncheon of The Colleagues drew its usual full house at The Beverly Wilshire. From left: President Cara Leonetti-Esposito greets honoree Jane Seymour. Photo by Alex Berliner/ABImages

Posted: Monday, April 30, 2018 – 4:41 PM

It’s always a beautiful and fashionable afternoon when The Colleagues and Oscar de la Renta stage their annual spring luncheon at The Beverly Wilshire. This year beautiful actress/producer/philanthropist Jane Seymour was presented the Champion of Children Award and Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia, co-creative directors of Oscar de la Renta were saluted for their contribution to American design.

The fun started when four young men called The Moonrays welcomed us with You Gotta Have Heart. Emcee Cristina Ferrare spoke about the fabulous women responsible for making The Colleagues so successful and then introduced Constance Towers who spoke about her involvement with the group and how she and her late husband John Gavin supported the work it does.

Cara Leonetti Esposito, president of The Colleagues, introduced many of the members who worked on the luncheon including Carolyn Powers, Anne Johnson, Suzanne Kayne, Jane Ackerman, Lynn Booth, Libby Doheny, Topsy Doheny, Jenny Jones, Bridget Gless Keller, Lauren King, Debbie Lanni, Mary Martin, Mary Milner, Wendy Stark Morrissey, Maty Novia, Marna Schnabel, Stephanie Booth Shafran, Ginny Sydorick and Barbara Thornhill.

Honoree Jane Seymour is a multiple Emmy and Golden Globe winner and recipient of the Officer of the British Empire bestowed upon her by Queen Elizabeth II. She has shown her talents in television, film, on stage and as an author, painter and designer. She also teamed with Kay Jewelers to design a collection called “Open Hearts,” which has become a highly successful line of jewelry, and launched The Open Heart Foundation which provides funds to charitable organizations in the area of health, arts, education and sports.

Joe Lando, her co-star in TV’s Dr. Quinn, Medicine Woman, introduced her while sisters Nicky Hilton Rothschild and Paris Hilton presented the award to Laura Kim and Fernando Garcia.

We then enjoyed the fashion show of Oscar de la Renta’s 2018 Fall Collection.

Established in 1950, The Colleagues is a non-profit comprised of members who support and raise funds solely to benefit Children’s Institute, Inc. in its efforts to end child abuse and neglect. 

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Put on your dressy Western duds on May 20 and mosey on over to The Beverly Hilton for what is always a fantastic tradition as SHARE, Inc. celebrates 65 years of philanthropy with its Boomtown Gala. This year’s edition will honor Loreen Arbus, president of the Loreen Arbus Foundation–a disability rights activist/philanthropist/ author— with the Shining Spirit Award.

This star-studded event will be headlined by the Righteous Brothers with additional performances by Martha and the Vandellas, Louis Van Amstel (Dancing With The Stars) and of course, the fabulous SHARE Ladies.

The event’s emcee is a SHARE legacy, Natalie Lander (ABC’s The Middle) – the daughter of actors David Lander and Kathy Fields and granddaughter of Hollywood agent Freddie Fields and actress Polly Bergen.

“Boomtown is celebrating 65 years of phenomenal work on behalf of our community and we could not be more proud. This year we will invoke old Hollywood glamour by remembering our founding members and the hardworking women who have helped make SHARE the organization it is today,” said Corinna Fields, president of SHARE, Inc.

To purchase tickets ($500), visit or call 310-274-5361.

The production team behind Boomtown includes choreographer Anita Mann and producers Christine Wallace and Gary Smith.

SHARE Inc. has more than 80 members and has raised some $65 million for multiple charities such as CASA of Los Angeles, Children’s Hospital Los Angeles, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Stuart House and Team Prime Time, Inc.

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