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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Children’s Burn Foundation Sets ‘Giving New Hope’ Benefit

CHILDREN’S BURN FOUNDATION­­­–Receiving the Giving New Hope Award at the Children’s Burn Foundation’s 24th annual fundraiser in The Beverly Hilton on March 5 will be Wendy Wachtell and her husband, Bob Graziano.
After 32 years, Professional Dancers Society to close down. Friends and family celebrate Marion Goldenfeld's 90th birthday.

Posted Tuesday, February 12, 2019 - 1:25 pm

The Board of Trustees and the Council of the Children‘s Burn Foundation are hosting the 24th annual “Giving New Hope” benefit dinner from 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 5, in The Beverly Hilton.

Highlighting the evening with be the presentation of the Giving New Hope Award to Wendy Wachtell and her husband Bob Graziano and the Spirit of Humanity Award to The L.A. Troupe.

The Wachtell/Graziano combo represents one of the area’s most dynamic, philanthropic couples. Bob is vice chairman of J. P. Morgan’s Private Bank for the Western Region and former president of the Los Angeles Dodgers. Wendy is president/CEO of the Joseph Drown Foundation and serves on the boards of Harvard-Westlake School and the USC Center on Philanthropy and Public Policy, among others.

The L.A. Troupe, starring Koni McCurdy and Nicholas Dalton-Pawie, partners with the Children’s Burn Foundation in bringing theatrical shows on fire and safety to the area’s schools.

Co-chairing the event are Carol and Doug Mancino along with Esther and Tom Wachtell.

For tickets and further information, visit:; email:; or call Kirstin Clink at 818-907-2822.

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I’m heartbroken to say one of my favorite annual events will be no more. In speaking with that wonderful Joni Berry, who along with Mitzi Gaynor, has steered the Professional Dancers Society and its Gypsy Awards luncheon since 1987, she informed me that the organization is shutting down. In conjunction with the Actors Fund, the PDS has raised funds for dancers in need whether it be physical or financial.

I so remember those great luncheons with honorees such as Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Ginger Rogers, Milton Berle, Debbie Reynolds, Julie Andrews, Ann Margret, Dick Van Dyke, Mary Tyler Moore, Ben Vereen, Florence Henderson, Carol Burnett, Paula Abdul, Leslie Caron, Donald O’Connor, Carl Reiner, Ann Miller, Rita Moreno, George Chakiris, Angels Lansbury, Buddy Ebsen, June Allyson, Shirley MacLaine, Mickey Rooney, Marge Champion, Marie Osmond, Carol Lawrence, June Haver, Nanette Fabray, Gregory Hines, Tommy Tune, Sandy Duncan, Joel Grey, and many others. All of them accepted their Gypsy Award while in the background were films of their spectacular work supplied by Lee Hale.

Those of us who had the honor of attending this yearly soiree will miss it terribly but will always retain lasting and delightful memories.

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It’s a wonderful sight to see a friend’s reaction when she walks into a room and everyone shouts, “Surprise, Happy Birthday.”

Sunday was one of those very special occasions when Marion Goldenfeld arrived at AVRA Restaurant on Beverly Drive and was greeted by a room full of nieces, cousins and friends shouting just those words.

Her nieces, Susan Oglove and Laurie Rodsky, put together this beautiful luncheon to celebrate Marion’s 90th birthday (hard to believe if you know her)… I was delighted to be one of the nearly 30 guests that were invited to celebrate this happy occasion.

The tables had beautiful floral arrangements by Sonny Alexander and a delicious birthday cake by Hansens.

Among the many toasting the birthday girl… Marianne Berman, Lynn Ziman, Pat Elliot, Selma Jaffe, Renee Kumetz, Rhea Worms, Miriam Groman, Beverly Gelfand, Edith Tasker, Sandy Levine, Rita Harris, Marcia Weiss, Barbara Herman, Ann Asher, Dana Gill, Stephanie Friend, Eve Rodsky, Michal Rodsky, Michelle Jaffe, Lolly Krissman, Jackie Kraus and Terry Mizrahi.



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