The 4th Annual Taste of Summer — a one-night only exclusive food & drink tasting fundraiser, hosted by the Fulfillment Fund, was held at the charming Victorian, in Santa Monica. More than 600 young philanthropists enjoyed tastings from the hottest chefs, and restaurants on the Westside. Proceeds from this event help make college a reality for thousands of students in educationally & economically under-resourced communities in L.A.
Kudos to Honorary Chairs Chef Nyesha Arrington, Confectioner& Chef Valerie Gordon, and KABC Food Reporter, Lori Corbin. More than $95,000 was raised at this event to help students realize their educational dreams.
The Dizzy Feet Foundation presented their annual Celebration of Dance Gala and brought out a slew of high stepping stars. Channing Tatum, Jenna Dewan-Tatum, Christina Applegate, Jenna Elfman, Paula Abdul and Ben Vereen were among the celebs that came to support DFF, a non-profit organization, founded by Nigel Lythgoe (So You Think You Can Dance) & Director Adam Shankman (Rock of Ages.) Their mission is to fund access to dance education programs & expose children in low-income areas to the benefits of dance education in the U.S.
Here is an upcoming event which YOU are invited to attend, in Palm Springs on Sat. Aug.22nd. Remember the fab Gypsy (aka James Haake) who starred in the cabaret stage show on La Cienega? He is being roasted at the Hard Rock Hotel by a coterie of celebs, including Roast Master Comedian, Steve Bluestein, British Singer sensation, Toni Morrell, the cast of Carnival Cabaret, and many surprise guests. Celeb friends of Gypsy scheduled to attend include Debbie Reynolds, Laine Kazan, Carol Channing, and Connie Stevens. Gypsy’s Celeb Roast will benefit the Desert Aids Project, and general admission seating starts at only $59.95.
To top things off, Gypsy will receive a well-earned Star on the Walk of Stars the next day (Sunday, Aug, 23rd), which includes a complimentary brunch. Lots of other soirees, exclusive dinners & celeb events in which you can participate honoring the 83-year old show biz legend. Who can forget his performance in Mel Brooks flick, To Be or Not to Be? For further info, check out www.GypsyRoast.com. Hope to see you there!