Celebrated Moms helping causes around Mother’s Day

Molly Sims puts spotlight on The Helping Hand helping motherhood

Molly Sims and Scott Stuber (photo by MargieBarron)

Molly Sims and Scott Stuber (photo by MargieBarron)

Molly Sims was in tears when she recalled being a little girl playing with her Easy Bake Oven and thinking about being a mom someday. Later in life when she was starting her career, Molly questioned whether she’d ever meet her Prince Charming and she explained how traumatic it was for her to “harvest” her eggs so that she could have a family someday.

Now at 42, style savvy Sims’ credits include: actress (Las Vegas), model (Sports Illustrated swimsuit issues), and author (bestseller “The Everyday Supermodel: My Beauty, Fashion, and Wellness Secrets Made Simple”). And Sims recently signed on as a contributor for season 19 of ABC’s The View.

She’s also a mom of two. “That’s because I finally met my Prince Charming,” Molly said about her husband Scott Stuber (film producer of Ted, Ted 2, and A Million Ways to Die in the West). “Happily I wound up getting pregnant naturally. I’ve been blessed.”

All this was revealed at The Helping Hand of Los Angeles’ 87th annual Mother’s Day event this year. It was a lovely luncheon and fashion show at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel in Beverly Hills to help benefit the Cedars-Sinai Department of Obstetrics and Gynecology. It was a gathering of doctors and The Helping Hand supporters who were familiar with motherhood struggles and other women’s health issues.

In addition to Molly Sims receiving the 2016 “Mother of the Year” award, The Helping Hand event also honored philanthropist Stacy Valner, founder of the Phase One Foundation. Valner created the foundation after her husband’s battle with stage 4 cancer. Stacy’s ongoing work includes funding research for clinical trials and ensuring the foundation continues to grow and thrive.

“Both our honorees are incredible role models and have demonstrated a long-standing commitment to health and wellness in the community,” said Betty Jane Bruck, president of The Helping Hand of Los Angeles. “Their mutual commitment to giving back through a host of worthwhile endeavors, coupled with their dedication to the most important job of all – motherhood – symbolize the very best of what our Mother of the Year awardees represent.”

The lady who puts the heart in iHeartRadio, Ellen K, host of the Ellen K Radio Show on KOST 103.5 FM, emceed the luncheon, which featured a fashion show presented by the acclaimed designer Kevan Hall. And a luxury boutique was set up with sales helping The Helping Hand organization.

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ABCs Mother’s Day event honors Lorraine Toussaint, Donna Mills & Gloria Allred as Women of Achievement

Lorraine Toussaint & Samara (photo by MargieBarron)

Lorraine Toussaint & Samara (photo by MargieBarron)

The annual star-studded Mother’s Day Luncheon was hosted by the Associates for Breast and Prostate Cancer Studies, affectionately known as the ABCs. Award-winning actresses Donna Mills and Lorraine Toussaint, along with attorney Gloria Allred, were honored with the ABCs’ Women of Achievement Award. Comedienne Cocoa Brown emceed the event which benefited breast and prostate cancer research at the John Wayne Cancer Institute at Providence Saint John’s Health Center.

Beverly Cohen and Sheri Rosenblum deserve kudos for co-chairing the event, which featured an informal fashion show by Grayse. Prior to the luncheon, there was a luxury boutique with vendors set up outside the Four Seasons Hotel ballroom.

“Our honorees exemplify what it is to be a Women of Achievement,” said Gloria Gebbia, president of the ABCs.

Lorraine Toussaint (Selma) stars in the Fox drama Rosewood, but she’s best known as the inmate Vee on the hit Netflix series Orange is the New Black. But she said her greatest role is being a mom.

“I’m supposed to be there for my child. I’m a mother, I’m supposed to be taken for granted, and that’s okay, that’s my job,” stated Toussaint when she received her honor. There were nods of agreement from all the moms in the room, and then Toussaint added, “I hope someday my daughter, Samara, will see that cancer has been cured and it’s okay for her take that for granted too.” The ABCs supporters cheered at the thought.

Gloria Allred is founding partner of the law firm Allred, Maroko & Goldberg and has gained a stellar reputation for handling women’s rights cases over the course of her 40-year legal career. Allred founded and is currently serving as president of the Women’s Equal Rights Legal Defense and Education Fund. She is author of “Fight Back and Win, My Thirty-Year Fight Against Injustice And How You Can Win Your Own Battles.”

Donna Mills (photo by MargieBarron)

Donna Mills (photo by MargieBarron)

Actress and producer Donna Mills is best known for her role as villainous Abby Cunningham on Knots Landing. After a successful nine-year tenure, she left to pursue other projects but returned for the series finale in 1993. Mills continues to star in television films, producing several which highlight important social issues. In 2014, Mills joined the cast of the long-running daytime soap opera General Hospital.

Mills was happy that her Knots Landing costars Michele Lee and Joan Van Ark were on hand, along with other celebrity guests including CCH Pounder, Yvonne Brathwaite Burke, Ruta Lee, Nicole Murphy, Tara Strong, Adrienne Janic, Real Housewives’ Brandi Glanville, and Carlton Gebbia with daughters Destiny and Mysteri, Ruth Weil, Anita Swift, and Sister Therese Zimmerman, and all the doctors in the room who provide hope and comfort.

The ongoing support provided by the ABCs and Gebbia’s efforts have been instrumental in advancing the Institutes breast and prostate cancer research, noted Patrick Wayne, chairman of the board of the John Wayne Cancer Institute and son of the legendary actor John Wayne. He added that the physicians and scientists are continuously at the forefront of cancer research which would not be possible without the philanthropic efforts of the ABCs “and we are forever grateful.”

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More great gals at the 2016 YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Phenomenal Woman Awards

Kathy Ireland, a Sports Illustrated Swimsuit alumni, as well as actress, author and entrepreneur, is also the YWCA Greater Los Angeles Ambassador. So “Ambassador” Ireland, along with the president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences Cheryl Boone Isaacs, and president and CEO of the Los Angeles Philharmonic Deborah Borda put their “girl power” together to co-chair the 2016 YWCA Greater Los Angeles’ Phenomenal Woman Awards. The occasion emphasized how women are the driving forces behind some of the most compassionate and forward-looking programs in Los Angeles and beyond. The YWCA GLA honored Lisa Paulsen, president & CEO of the Entertainment Industry Foundation; Los Angeles City Councilwoman Nury Martinez; and Delilah Lanoix-Harris, President of SMS Transportation Services with the phenomenal woman of the year awards.

This year, instead of having a keynote speaker, an inspiring keynote seminar was held, along with a candid conversation between the 2016 honorees at the Omni Los Angeles Hotel.  Moderating the panel was Christine Devine, Los Angeles Fox 11 co-anchor and a leading advocate for foster and at-risk youth.

Founded in 1894, YWCA Greater Los Angeles addresses the emerging and ongoing needs of the Greater Los Angeles area. As a women’s membership movement built on the mission of “eliminating racism and empowering women,” the organization celebrates more than 120 years of community service.

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The Huntington Library Gardens host Music Center Moms

The Music Center's Blue Ribbon ladies

The Music Center’s Blue Ribbon ladies

The Blue Ribbon of the Music Center hosted its members to a day at The Huntington Library, Art Collections and Botanical Gardens in San Marino, California. The afternoon featured an educational program, tour and al fresco luncheon in the newly opened Steven S. Koblik Education and Visitor Center.  Blue Ribbon member Alyce Williamson chaired the event.  Pictured (l-r): Rosa Sinnott, Cathryn Palmieri, Margot Armbruster, and Linda Bowling enjoying the gardens. (Photo Credit: John McCoy)

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Margie Barron has written for a wide variety of outlets including Gannett newspapers, Nickelodeon, Tiger Beat and 16 Magazine, Fresh!, Senior Life, Production Update, airline magazines, etc. Margie is also proud to be half of the husband and wife writing team Frank & Margie Barron, who have written together for various entertainment and travel publications for more than 30 years.

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