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Joan Mangum’s Society Scene—Lupus LA’s Orange Ball Honors Toni Braxton, More

ORANGE BALL–Lupus LA Chairman Adam Selkowitz welcomes Nancy Utley of Fox Searchlight Pictures to the “Orange Ball” fund-raiser in The Beverly Wilshire. Photo by GettyImages
BBBSGLA–Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater L.A scholarship luncheon at The Beverly Wilshire saw BBBSLA President/CEO Olivia Diaz-Lapham (left) and Board President Brock Moseley (right) flank co-honoree Mike Daly and Trisha Cardoso. Photo by Vince Bucci

Posted Monday, May 20, 2019 - 12:31 pm

Lupus LA celebrated its annual “Orange Ball: A Modern Supper Club” at The Beverly Wilshire, raising much-needed funds to support finding the causes of and a cure for lupus, while providing support, services and hope to all people affected by this chronic autoimmune disease.

Honored was legendary R&B/pop pioneer and seven-time Grammy-winner Toni Braxton with the Loop Award for her work with the organization. Diagnosed with lupus several years ago, she hasn’t allowed that to slow her career momentum nor her role as proud mom to sons Denim and Diezel.

Also recognized was pharmacuetical wholesaler GSK (Glaxosmithkline) with the Daniel J. Wallace Medical Visionary Award for its years of dedication in the search for more effective treatments for lupus and its efforts in advancing patient care, advocacy and support. Sheri Mullen, VP of Immunology and Rare Disease at GSK, accepted the honor.

Lupus LA Chairman Adam Selkowitz announced the launch of a powerful new campaign – Your Story Our Fight – which will promote community in the fight to cure lupus.

Niles Fitch, star of NBC’s This Is Us, emceed the 250-person soirée, and recounted his own experience with lupus as a 12-year old child stating: “I don’t want any other kid to know the fear of the unknown that I felt in that moment.”

Among those on hand were Fitch’s This Is Us co-stars Hannah Zeile and Eris Baker, plus Co-Chairwoman of Fox Searchlight Pictures Nancy Utley, prolific film producer Lauren Shuler Donner, Scott Michael Campbell, Parminder Nagra, Ali Hillis, Krista Marie Yu, Kellie Martin, Taylor Spreitler, Lesley Boone, Olympic gold medalist Julianne McNamara and more.

Guests enjoyed a dining and dancing extravaganza, featuring cocktails, a steakhouse-style dining experience and entertainment by West Coast Music’s ENCORE with dancing into the wee hours.

Since its founding in 2000, Lupus LA (lupusla.org) has raised $13+million for the cause for finding a cure for lupus, which though a virtually unknown disease, affects more than 60,000 residents in our county alone.

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Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater L.A. hosted its yearly “Accessories for Success” scholarship luncheon at The Beverly Wilshire. The afternoon fundraiser honored Mike Daly, producer/songwriter and executive director of A&R and music publishing at the Disney Music Group; and Trisha Cardoso, president/chief giving officer of the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation. Both received the Excellence in Mentoring awards.

Trisha Cardoso’s daughter, Ava Cardoso-Smith performed Stevie Wonder’s Overjoyed which she dedicated to her mother. The latter was then given her award by Stephan Galloway, executive editor of The Hollywood Reporter, who spoke of Cardoso’s “unflagging support of young women at risk and of promising students enabling them to achieve their college dreams.” She is the co-architect of the Chuck Lorre Family Foundation’s Big Bang Theory Scholarship Endowment at UCLA, and serves on several philanthropic boards.

Author Carl Fussman presented Mike Daly with his honor and cited his mentoring flair, together with “a big heart, indomitable spirit, and quiet capacity for good causes.”

NBC4 Reporter Kim Baldonado served as emcee and introduced a fashion show, sponsored by Nordstrom Rack and its President Geevy S.K. Thomas. With commentary by stylist Kalee Hewlett, the clothes–titled “outfits for success”– were modeled by Big Brothers and Sisters (“Bigs”) and Little Brothers and Sisters (“Littles”) on the catwalk.

Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater L.A. was co-founded in 1955 by Walt Disney and Meredith Willson, composer of The Music Man. Its volunteer mentors provide children facing adversity with professional, one-on-one relationships, which change the lives of both for the better and forever.

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On Wednesday, May 22, B. Riley FBR, Inc. is presenting the 10th annual “Big Fighters, Big Cause” charity boxing night at The Beverly Hilton benefiting the Sugar Ray Leonard Foundation, which funds life-changing research and creates awareness for pediatric type 1 and 2 diabetes.

Hosted by actor/comedian Bill Bellamy, the evening will feature a mix of live professional boxing from 6:30 to 9 p.m. presented by Golden Boy, a national boxing promotional company. There will be four bouts, topped by super bantamweights Rafael “El Alikin” Gramajo taking on Rudy Garcia.

In addition, athlete Eric Tozer will be honored with the 2019 Golden Glove Award to acknowledge his commitment to inspire and educate the diabetes community.

Sugar Ray Leonard will be hosting a large contingent from the sports and Hollywood community.

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