George Christy Talks About SHARE, MOCA, Carolyn Clark Powers and more!
Posted Thursday, May 30, 2019 - 3:56 pm
Sixty-six years and going strong.
Like Ol’ Man River, SHARE keeps rolling along. To better our children’s needs.
Launched in 1953 by seven wives of matinee idols, SHARE has fetched more than $62 million, with an additional $1million added this year.
Its history is formidable.
With the annual Boomtown Show hosted by Dean Martin for 17 years and Johnny Carson for another 10.
Among the stars lending their talents to raise monies: Judy Garland, John Wayne, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis Jr., Sharon Stone, k.d. lang, Jamie Lee Curtis, Bruce Willis, and more.
Sixty members comprise today’s sisterhood.
Local institutions such as Children’s Hospital are beneficiaries.
Amazing that through these decades, there’s never been an expensive office or support staff. Members do all the work on their own.
President Corinna Fields and longtime loyalist Joanna Carson continue to spearhead the invaluable necessity for its legacy (Joanna designs new wardrobes time and again).
Last week’s Broadway-themed Boomtown Show headlined The Midtown Men (formerly The Jersey Boys).
Then Mitzi Gaynor took off on member Joni Berry, funder of the dinner, but alas, no longer after this year.
“Joni does the Bar Mitzvahs and I do the stag parties,” announced Mitzi to howls from the crowd (Joni is also stepping down from funding the Professional Dancers Society luncheon, that helps out-of-work hoofers with housing, food, and medicine).
A noble mission, Share benefits not only our community, but also provides children in need with the latest equipment, supports research, and after-school programs.
“Now and forever,” promises Joanna Carson, who is commuting between our two coasts, and finding success with investments in Broadway theater.
Her first hit was An American Son, starring Kerry Washington. Which sold out.
Now, she proud to have her investment in Beetlejuice garner 8 Tony nominations.
In Manhattan, she resides in a spacious apartment in one of the luxury hotels, an apartment we nicknamed “the oasis”, considering its high floor, and no-noise windows where you imagine being in heaven. More Broadway investments are forthcoming.
Good luck, Joanna.