Paramount Studios was transformed into a “Field of Dreams” to celebrate the 42nd Concern Foundation Annual Block Party. The gala evening featured multiple stages of live entertainment, casino style games, live & silent auctions, and food from over 70 of LA’s best restaurants and caterers. Concern Foundation’s mission is to conquer cancer, and they have raised over $58 million for research & treatment of this dread disease.
Dr. Peter & Rebecca Grossman (Grossman Burn Foundation) were honored along with former BH Mayor and wife, Barry & Sue Brucker, who donated $2.7 million to the Foundation. With supporters like these, Cancer may soon be defeated.
The private estate of boxing legend, Sugar Ray Leonard in Pacific Palisades, was the perfect venue for the Design Care Gala, produced by actress Holly Robinson Peete & her husband, Rodney Peete, benefitting the HollyRod Foundation. This organization, founded in 1999, aids those with Parkinson’s disease & Autism, and featured a luxurious fashion show, silent auction& buffet dinner, provided by Outback Steakhouse, under the stars of the magnificent estate.
Some of the celebs in attendance included Chris Paul (LA Clippers,) Fashion Designer Michael Costello, Derek Fisher, Laila Ali, Alan Thicke, Jesse Jackson, Arsenio Hall &,Daisy Fuentes. American Idol Finalist, Joshua Ladet &Grammy nominated R&B sensation Ledisi, performed at the star-studded event.
You may not be able to visit the Hamptons this summer, but you have the unique opportunity to view this summer retreat in all it’s glory & despair, at Grey Gardens at the Ahmanson Theatre until August 14th. This musical, based upon the lives of Edith Bouvier Beale& her daughter, ”Little”Edie Beale, is a tour-de-force for Broadway Babes, Rachel York (who portrays Mama Edie in act 1 & little Edie in act 2) & the legendary Betty Buckley, who was inducted into the Theatre Hall of Fame in 2012. There is even a glimpse of young Jackie Bouvier Kennedy & younger sister Lee in this production, as well as their Dad, Major Bouvier, portrayed by Simon Jones. We could not understand why Josh Young (who portrayed Joseph P. Kennedy rejected the young Edie as his wife. Simple scandals in those days were not easily dismissed.
The Mother-Daughter relationship is extreme — powerful, but pitiful, and is truly a theatrical experience you will not want to miss — especially is you saw the documentary film of the same title. By the way, everyone received a standing ovation, including Angela Lansbury, who was a first nighters guest. Three great Ladies of the Theatre, indeed!