Mark your calendars for great causes & wonderful events in the spotlight in Los Angeles, October 2015:
Friday, October 2 – The Operation Smile Gala on Friday, October 2 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills is supported by many celebrities who want to see the organization continuing its work “changing lives one smile at a time.” Brooke Burke-Charvet will emcee the gala that is honoring Selma Blair with the Universal Smile Award; Henry Nguyen – John Connor Humanitarian Award; and the Rodosky Family – Founders Circle Award. There will be special performances by Natasha Bedingfield and Eric Hutchinson. Operation Smile Co-founders Dr. Bill and Kathy Magee ask you to visit www.operationsmile.org for more information.
Sunday, October 4 – The Annual Brunch for The Rape Foundation will be held Oct. 4, 11:30 a.m., at Greenacres, the L.A. home of Ron Burkle, to raise critical funds needed for services for victims and prevention/education programs in the L.A. community and across the country. This event marks the 41st anniversary of the pioneering work of the Rape Treatment Center Santa Monica and Stuart House at Santa Monica-UCLA Medical Center. This year the event will be honoring Judd Apatow, who supports the Foundation. Sponsors include Amy Adams, Beth Behrs, Jennifer Aniston, Calista Flockhart, Harrison Ford, Dana Delaney, Jane Fonda, Jon Hamm, Janet and Eric McCormack, Kyra Sedwick, Kevin Bacon, Kate Capshaw, Steven Spielberg, and more. Visit www.TheRapeFoundation.org.
Also set for Oct. 4, the annual Best in Drag Show at Los Angeles’ famed Orpheum Theatre , presented by the Alliance for Housing and Healing, a nonprofit dedicated to preventing homelessness and hunger for individuals and families living with HIV/AIDS throughout Los Angeles County. The beauty pageant spoof is filled with fun and comedy while keeping the focus on its cause—giving back to the community through fundraising. The pre-show starts at 5:30 p.m., with the curtain for the main event being raised at 7 p.m.. The celebrity judging panel will include Dot Jones (Emmy nominee for Glee), Kathy Kinney (Drew Carey Show); Wendie Malick, (Hot in Cleveland); and Wendi McLendon-Covey (The Goldbergs), plus more. Visit www.bestindragshow.org.
Sunday, October 11— The 15th Annual Les Girls Cabaret show, a fabulously entertaining evening of song and celebration benefitting the National Breast Cancer Coalition (NBCC) Fund, is set for Oct. 11 at the Avalon Hollywood, the historic theatre at Hollywood and Vine. The star-studded NBCC event is honoring Joyce Brandman, and the incredible talent providing the cabaret entertainment will include Steven Weber (an amazing singer who is always in demand at Hollywood galas), Dana Delany, Brit Shaw, Bryan Batt, Emily Bergl, Chaz Bono, Josh Lawson, Peri Gilpin, Chris Gorham, Andrea Navedo, Ana Ortiz, June Diane Raphael, Time Bagley, Tracie Thoms, Spencer Grammer, and many more! All proceeds will support NBCC’s Breast Cancer Deadline 2020®, a strategic plan of action with a January 1, 2020 deadline for knowing how to end the disease. Please visit www.breastcancerdeadline2020.org.
Wednesday, October 14– Habitat for Humanity Greater Los Angeles (Habitat LA) will celebrate 25 years of serving the community with its Los Angeles Builders Ball on October 14 at 6 p.m., at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. The Builders Ball will recognize its counterparts in the building and real estate industries for their commitment to Los Angeles. Honorees include Earvin Magic Johnson, Bernards, and Bank of America with a special performance by R&B superstar Jeffrey Osborne. Notables expected to attend include Tina Knowles, NBA great Blake Griffin and producer Gale Anne Hurd. Habitat LA strives to eliminate substandard housing through advocacy, education and partnership with hardworking, low-income families and individuals to build decent, sustainable and affordable housing. Visit www.habitatla.org.
Saturday, October 24 – Last Chance for Animals is the annual benefit gala putting the spotlight on animal rights activists. It will be held on Saturday, October 24, at the Beverly Hilton Hotel in Beverly Hills. Among those being honored are Pamela Anderson, who will receive the “Vegan of the Year” award, and Priscilla Presley, being honored with the “Celebrity Award.” Both are deserving for their devotion and tireless efforts on behalf of animal rights. Actress Katie Cleary and radio host Mark Thompson, both animal activists, will co-host the evening’s festivities featuring a vegan dinner and dancing to ‘60’s era music performed by “That Vibe.” “The honorees presented at the LCA Gala are very special people who commit not only their money but also their time to make this world a better place for all beings,” commented Chris DeRose, President of LCA, visit www.lcanimal.org.
Monday, October 26– The Paley Center for Media announced that its Hollywood Tribute to African-American Achievements in Television, presented by JPMorgan Chase & Co., will take place October 26 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Tyra Banks, Diahann Carroll, Don Cheadle, Ava DuVernay, Louis Gossett Jr., Terrence Howard, Quincy Jones, Keegan-Michael Key, Regina King, Tyler Perry, Wesley Snipes, and Keenen Ivory Wayans are among the growing roster of icons and influential industry pioneers slated to attend the gala to honor notable contributions made by African-Americans in a wide array of television genres. The Paley Center is the leading nonprofit cultural institution that showcases the importance and impact of media on our society. Visit www.paleycenter.org. #