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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—City Of Hope To Honor Jon Platt At Pharrell Williams-Hosted Fundraiser

Jon Platt
Pharrell Williams
Deanna Lund

Posted: Monday, August 6, 2018 – 4:26 PM

Jon Platt, chair/CEO of Warner/Chappell Music, announced the first superstar to join him at this fall’s eagerly anticipated event supporting City of Hope, an acclaimed nonprofit clinical research and treatment center for cancer, diabetes and other life-threatening diseases. Eleven-time Grammy-winning artist, songwriter, and producer Pharrell Williams will host the Oct. 11 celebration that will see Platt honored with the organization’s prestigious Spirit of Life Award. Further announcements about the all-star lineup and locale will be made in the coming weeks.

For more than two decades, Platt has demonstrated a gift for recognizing great songwriters early and providing the environment for their creativity to flourish over long, successful careers. He is also well known as an influential advocate for songwriters’ rights and an inspiring mentor for the next generation of executives.

Each year City of Hope recognizes a philanthropic leader whose work has fundamentally impacted music, film, or entertainment. The coveted Spirit of Life Award is its highest honor, having been given to such noted figures as Mo Ostin, Clive Davis, Quincy Jones, Frances W. Preston, Shelli and Irving Azoff, Edgar Bronfman Jr., Doug Morris, and Sir Lucian Grainge. In its 45 year history, the group has raised more than $118 million.

For more information about donating to City of Hope and purchasing tickets to the upcoming gala dinner, visit

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While we usually aim to talk about the party scene, instead this time let’s not forget some memorable people we lost during the past few weeks. One such special person was Deanna Lund, whose film and TV career spanned many decades. She appeared with Bob Hope, Elvis Presley, and Frank Sinatra and in such mega-shows as Batman, The Waltons, Remington Steele, General Hospital and Land Of The Giants where she met and married her co-star Don Matheson. She had three children (Randy, Kim and Michele), seven grandchildren, and three great grandchildren.

This week her memory was saluted at a beautiful memorial hosted by her good friend Connie Stevens and the latter’s daughters Joely and Tricia Lee Fisher.

Among those on hand were Ron and Mara New, Madeline Gussman, Jerry and Sandy Strick, Diane Ladd, Lainie Kazan, Carol Conners, Merrie Lee Ross, Carol Wior, Linda Schwartz, John Destler, Jane Wald, Tony Handler Frances Davis, Alex Rotauro, and that wonderful Florence LaRue of 5th Dimension fame whose singing voice was better than ever at the service. We already miss you Deanna.

And, if that wasn’t enough, at Hillside Memorial Park, services were first held for Dr. Norman Friedmann, husband of that fabulous Dr. Irene Kassorla, known as the “shrink to the stars,” and her two popular daughters Ronnie and Jackie Kassorla.

Then on Wednesday at the same place, Bill Landis, the spouse of Marci Landis, was buried. It was a very tough week.

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If you are a dyed-in-the-wool sports buff, on Friday (Aug. 10) night the only place to be is the Beverly Hilton when the Harold and Carole Pump Foundation will hold its 18th annual gala.

In the honor spotlight are baseball’s Rod Carew and Reggie Jackson, basketball’s Bill Walton, all Hall of Famers, along with Marc Kerner, M.D., F.A.C.S., a noted specialist in otolarynology, treating diseases of the ear, nose and throat.

The confirmed attendees represent a “who’s who” of the athletic scene gathering together to raise funds for the foundation in its effort to create awareness for the treatment and cure of cancer.

Call 310-445-2588 for ticket information.

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