Wonderful events and great causes in the spotlight in Los Angeles, November 2015:
Sunday, November 1—The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust (LAMOTH) in Pan Pacific Park hosted the 2015 gala dinner with the theme: The Legacy of Woman in Gold. The evening benefited the museum which is the oldest survivor founded Holocaust museum in the United States. Honorees included E. Randolph Schoenberg (president, Museum Board of Directors), Richard B. Jones (managing director at Merrill Lynch, LA), and Stacey Janks Jasper, a social science teacher and educator whose work is vital to LAMOTH. Special guests Phil Altmann (Marie Altmann’s grandson), and David Seigel (Consul General of Israel) also attended.
A heartfelt taped message from Helen Mirren launched the gala. Mirren expressed her admiration for the late Maria Altmann, who she portrayed in the film The Woman in Gold. The Oscar-buzz for that inspiring film was the top topic at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel reception. Maria, an Austrian-American Jewish refugee from Nazi Austria, became renown for her successful legal campaign to reclaim from the Government of Austria five family-owned paintings by the artist Gustav Klimt. The paintings were stolen by the Nazis during WWII. Randy Schoenberg represented Maria Altmann in “Republic of Austria v. Altmann” resulting in the successful return of the Klimt paintings including Woman in Gold. Richard B. Jones was Mrs. Altmann’s adviser and shared her love of opera, and when Jones received his honor he shared it with the Altmann family.
The Los Angeles Museum of the Holocaust in Pan Pacific Park has a permanent collection that features some of the most valuable Holocaust materials in the world, and the museum recently opened a “Woman in Gold” exhibit, named for Altmann’s famous work of art. Visit www.lamoth.org. #
Wednesday, November 4– The Boys & Girls Clubs of America will hold the 2015 Great Futures Gala Dinner on Nov. 4 to present the Champion of Youth Award to Evander Holyfield, who is a four-time World Heavyweight Boxing Champion and a proud alumnus of the Boys & Girls Clubs of Metro Atlanta. The event at the Beverly Hilton will be hosted by comedian JB Smoove, who is a Mt. Vernon Boys & Girls Club alumnus. Special guests include Olympic star Jackie Joyner-Kersee and Denzel Washington (another Club alumnus) who will be presenting. Visit www.bgca.org. #
Thursday, November 12 through Monday, November 16– The 2015 edition of Cinema Italian Style is the Los Angeles glamorous showcase for Italian contemporary cinema produced by Luce Cinecittà and the American Cinematheque. In this 11th edition of Cinema Italian Style Film there will be a selection of Italy’s best and most recent film, shorts and documentary productions compiled by artistic curator Laura Delli Colli. The festival opens with Don’t Be Bad by Claudio Caligari, the Italian Entry for Best Foreign Language Film at the 88th Academy Awards. In addition to Caligari’s last movie, this year’s films list will include a series of dramas as well as comedies. For a complete schedule and synopsis of the Italian films visit www.cinemaitalianstyle.it/ or
Thursday, November 12— The International Medical Corps is having their Annual Awards Celebration Gala on Nov. 12 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills. Key contributors who made an impact this year with the International Medical Corps organization will be honored, including Kaiser Permanente, Her Excellency President Ellen Johnson Sirleaf of Liberia, Heidi Murkoff, the author of What to Expect When You’re Expecting, and Aaron Sonah, nurse and master trainer in Liberia. It is always a heartwarming event dedicated to the International Medical Corps’ efforts towards making the world a better place. Visit www.InternationalMedicalCorps.org/AnnualAwards. #
Friday, November 13—The YWCA Greater Los Angeles (YWCA GLA) will present the 13th annual Rhapsody Gala on Nov. 13 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. YWCA GLA will honor Debra L. Lee, chairman and CEO of BET Networks for nearly 30 years. Also being honored are Tracy Underwood, National Manager of Toyota’s pioneering social impact division, and Supervisor Mark Ridley-Thomas. The evening’s co-chairs include YWCA GLA’s Ambassador, Kathy Ireland, Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences President Cheryl Boone Isaacs, who was recently named YWCA GLA’s Advisory Commissioner, and Fabian Wesson, Chair, California Science Center and Exposition Park. “Entertainment Tonight’s” Nischelle Turner will emcee the gala. Visit Visit www.ywcagla.org. #
Saturday, November 14 – The Women’s Guild Cedars-Sinai’s fundraising event will take place at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel on Saturday, November 14. The special guest entertainer for the Women’s Guild Gala is Grammy-winning vocalist Steve Tyrell. The theme for this year’s gala is “Supper Club.” Visit www.womensguildcs.org. #
Sunday, November 15— The Friends of Sheba will hold their 45th Anniversary Gala on Sunday, November 15 at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel. The event will put the spotlight on the wounded soldiers and the medical team at Sheba Medical Center at Tel HaShomer. Special honors will go to local heroes Marion Brucker and Max Steinberg. Actresses Moran Atias of Tyrant and Alona Tal of Pretty Little Liars are special guest presenters. Visit www.friendsofsheba.org. #
Friday, November 20 –Getting ready for the holidays, the annual Lupus LA Hollywood Bag Ladies Luncheon allows women to go wild with guilt-free shopping for a great cause. Hundreds of well-heeled women will overrun the Beverly Hilton ballroom on Nov. 20 to check out the overflowing tables displaying luxurious handbags. The silent auction is always a spirited free-for-all with the bidding at the tables featuring bags donated from the collections of top designers and the closets of trend-setting celebrities. The Bag Ladies Luncheon at the Beverly Hilton will be hosted by EXTRA correspondent Terri Seymour, and will feature a fabulous Ted Baker fashion show. Preview the bags online at www.lupusla.org. #