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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Peter Cetera Rocks Vista Del Mar’s Rocktember

EVENING ON THE BEACH–The Jonathan Beach Club fundraiser for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels featured live music and some of L.A.’s top chefs presenting their signature dishes Enjoying the festivities were (from left): Renee Paul of Beverly Hills, Darla Haun Pacheco, Kirsten Stanwyck of Beverly Hills, and Renee Mizzi. Photo by Miriam Geer
ENDOWMENT­–Philanthropist Iris Cantor (left) has given UCLA’s David Geffen School of Medicine a $10 million endowment. She is shown with the Geffen School’s dean, Dr. Kelsey Martin. Photo by Reed Hutchinson

Posted Friday, October 5, 2018 - 7:18 pm

By Joan Mangum

Vista Del Mar’s board of directors presented “Rocktember,” an incredible evening of partying at the Avalon Hollywood, featuring Pete Cetera, the Grammy-winning former lead singer of Chicago.

We were welcomed by co-chairs Susan Corwin, Marla Kantor and Doug Warner, who spoke about the incredible work being done at Vista Del Mar, which has been at the forefront of strengthening families for the past 109 years. From mental health to autism to child adoptions, it has been bringing families together, providing a safe home to more than 250,000 children.

The cocktail reception and dinner were followed by a performance by comedian Paul Rodriguez, who, in spite of being told to sort of clean up his act, had us laughing away. He is always very funny, even though he should be a little more subdued.

Getting back to Pete Cetera, all I can say is “wow.” I never realized what a beautiful and powerful voice he had as well as the fantastic body of work attributed to him. How fortunate we were when he entertained us with so many of the songs we grew up with…If You Leave Me Now, Hard To Say I’m Sorry, After All, The Next Time I Fall, The Glory Of Love, Feels Like Heaven, Restless Heart, You’re The Inspiration, Stay The Night, Love Me Tomorrow, Along Comes A Woman… and that’s just a small sampling…

Thank you to the many directors and boardmembers who created such a fun party… Laurie Konheim (chair), Marla Kantor (executive vice chair), Dorian Redding, Susan Corwin, Nancy Epstein, Richard Acosta, Janis Black-Warner, Doug Warner, Philip M. Stein, Craig Cooper, David Konheim, Jon Konheim, Eden Albert, Christy Cherniss, Dar Rollins, Ricky Miller, Dan Palmer, Dan Bucatinsky, Jill Friedman, Viranda Tantula, Joshua Schechter, Daniel A. Rozansky, Mimi Friedman and Irwin Cooper.

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Next Wednesday (Oct. 10) from 6 to 9 p.m. at that chic boutique The Harmonist, Lola Karimova-Tillyaevaa, owner of the high-end, custom fragrance house, will team with actress Linda Gray of Dallas fame, to co-host a reception which will largely benefit St. Vincent Meals on Wheels.

To RSVP for the cocktails/hors d’oeuves event at The Harmon- ist, 8483 Melrose Place, email:

Meanwhile, another benefit for St. Vincent Meals on Wheels which daily provides 3,000 meals to feed homebound seniors and other vulnerable residents across the Los Angeles basin, was the ninth annual “An Evening On The Beach” at the Jonathan Club in Santa Monica and presented by Audi. 

A group of the area’s best chefs presented decadent bites while the sun set over the ocean. Among those involved were Angelini Osteria, CUT, Craft, Michaels, Broken Spanish, Pizzeria Mozza, Osteria Mozza, Compartes Chocolates, Prawn, Mikkeller DTLA, Di Stefano Cheese, Mistfit, Ingo’s Tasty Dinner, Ma’am Sir, Gabi James, Alimento, Majordomo, Viale dei Romani, Cosa Buona, Bestia & Bavel, Chi Spacca and the Jonathan Club.

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David Geffen School of Medicine at UCLA received a $10 million endowment from philanthropist Iris Cantor to support its training and advance its work in educating the next generation of clinicians and scientists in women’s health care.

Cantor was honored at a campus event by Dr. Kelsey Martin, Geffen School dean, and UCLA Chancellor Gene Block, who said: “Iris’s contributions to women’s health has strengthened our medical enterprise. Her vision and support has helped make UCLA a leader in providing this critical care all across the region.”

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More than $100,000 was raised at the exclusive one-night-only reading of Terms of Endearment presented by Berlanti Productions and Jessica Queller at the Geffen Playhouse. All proceeds from the fundraiser benefit Stand Up To Cancer and Geffen’s new Play Development Program.

The reading took place on the main stage with an all-star cast including Melissa Benoist, Kate Burton, Calista Flockhart, Willie Garson, Alfred Molina, Kumail Nanjiani, Italia Ricci, Chris Wood and Constance Wu.

Notable attendees on hand included Harrison Ford, Rebel Wilson and Odette Annable.

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Dozens of TV stars made their way to high atop the Beverly Hilton to attend Producer Debbie Durkin’s 12th annual EcoLuxe Party, which included a champagne brunch and a Jamaican vegan buffet, courtesy of the Jamaica Tourist Board. This benefitted the charity With Our Words (“WOW Voices”) – a non-profit youth literacy program.

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Friday, Oct. 19, from 6 p.m. at the Beverly Hilton, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. hosts its “Big Bash Gala” honoring Chris Silbermann, founding partner of ICM Partners, with the Walt Disney Man of the Year Award; Steve Soboroff and Terry A. Williams with the Golden Legacy Award; Lori Greiner with the Sherry Lansing Award; and Michael B. Jordan with the Trailblazer Award.

The fundraiser benefits youth facing adversity from underserved communities in Los Angeles.

Tickets are $500. Call: 213-213-2420 or email: Daniel.Rodriguez@ or visit:


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