CARRY’s 10th Anniversary & Broken Memories Debut

We were pleased to attend C.A.R.R.Y. 10th Annual Gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. This non-profit organization provides services to at-risk youth, and was founded by noted Dermatologist, Dr. Pearl Grimes to provide a helping hand to the underserved and neglected population in Los Angeles. The gala was hosted by talk show personality Rolanda Watts; and Academy Award nominated actress Angela Bassett (“What’s Love Got To Do With It”) & her handsome husband, Courtney B. Vance, who has won a Tony, an Emmy Award and nomination for a Golden Globe for his spectacular performances in various projects.

Bryce Dallas Howard, Ron Howard, Kara Bonela (VP) & Heather Cooper Ortner (President) ALZGLA (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)

Also honored was Dr. Robert Blackman, of Healthcare Partners, who has served as a member of the CARRY Board for seven years, and spearheaded key strategic initiatives. Entertainment was provided by legendary Thelma Houston, whose many hits include “Don’t Leave Me This Way”, and she was the first female artist at Motown to win the Grammy Award for Best R&B Female Vocal Performance. Among the celebs & VIP’s enjoying this exciting event were the Cast of “People v. OJ Simpson”, Tasha Smith (“For Better or Worse”), John Savage, Kim Estes & Kate Linder (“The Young & The Restless”).

Pamela Shae with Ron Howard & Bryce Dallas Howard at Broken Memories Debut (Photo credit: Vince Bucci)

Kudos to Dr. Pearl Grimes who served as Gala Chair & her hard working committee, who have successfully provided assistance, and serves as a role model for over 5,000 at-risk and foster care children in our city.

Dr Pearl Grimes (founder of CARRY) and actress Angela Bassett (Photo credit: Todd Williamson)

Hollywood Royalty came out to support Alzheimer’s Greater L.A. at “Broken Memories” debut. Actor Ron Howard & his gorgeous actress daughter, Bryce Dallas Howard were there to support patriarch & star of the film Rance Howard, who was working on seven films in production. Rance’s wife Judy lost her battle with Alzheimer’s last year, and this poignant film served as a memorial to her. NEWS FLASH: After writing this column, we learned that Rance Howard (age 89) passed away a few days ago. Condolences to his lovely family.

CARRY gala host Rolonda Watts (Photo credit: Todd Williamson)

After a gala reception, we viewed Broken Memories, directed by Michael Worth, which tells the tale of an Alzheimer’s patient & his family caregiver, which touched our heart. The son is portrayed by talented actor Ivan Sergei, and we were pleased to attend with our friend, Casting Director, Pamela Shae, who had cast Ivan in Aaron Spelling’s “Charmed”. Since November was Alzheimer’s Awareness Month, and Alzheimer’s Greater Los Angeles is the only local full-serviced non-profit in our area, we wish much success with this film, that brings attention to this devastating disease.

As a television personality, guest speaker, newspaper reporter and columnist and one of the social arbiters of Los Angeles, Marci Weiner has touched every aspect of entertainment journalism. She has appeared as guest reporter on TV shows including Joan Rivers shows, Eye on LA, and the USA Network. In addition, she has hosted her own segments on Soap Talk, Hollywood Style and Hotline after Dark. You may contact Marci for info and invitations at [email protected]