The stars were out in full force at the Juvenile Diabetes Research gala at the Beverly Hilton. Seated at Barbara Davis' table were such notables as Sidney Poitier, Sugar Ray Leonard, Barbara Sinatra and the ubiquitous Kirk Douglas, who really gets around for a 91 year old stroke survivor. Did you know he recently received a special honor for Defending the Freedom of Expression from Pen USA?
|Kirk Douglas with Annette Bening and Warren Beatty at Juvenile Diabetes Gala|
Warren Beatty and Annette Bening received the Stem Cell Champions Award for offering their voice in advocacy to find a cure for diabetes, as well as other debilitating diseases. Emmy winning producer, George Schlatter (Laugh-In) was also honored with the Angel Award for his time and talents, which he lends to various children's health organizations.
Some of the other notables enjoying the song styling of Neil Sedaka, included Vanity Fair's Dominick Dunne (who spends every day at the Phil Spector trial), Nikki Haskell, who presented each guest with her own special exercise equipment, and Natalie and Paul Orfalea, (owner of Kinkos) who received the Caregiver Awarder for helping so many children in the areas of health and education.
|Lou Diamond Phillips, Shohreh Aghdashloo, Kirk Douglas & Larry Gelbert at Penn USA|
And to get back to Kirk Douglas, he was honored at a brunch at Aphrodisiac Restaurant in West L.A. for defending the freedom of expression. He broke the notorious Hollywood blacklist in 1958, when he allowed blacklisted writer Dalton Trumbo to be credited under his real name for the screen play to Spartacus. Douglas has written nine books, including Let's Face It: 90 years of Living, Loving and Learning.
Some of the impressive celeb participants included host Larry Gelbert, Lou Diamond Phillips, Oscar nominee Shohreh Aghdashloo (House of Sand & Fog) and Gary Dourdan (CSI).
|Sheryl Crow at Tower Cancer Research Foundation Fundraiser|
And to add to a busy week, Tower Cancer Research Foundation honored singer/songwriter Sheryl Crow at their annual gala. A recent survivor of cancer, Crow received the Hope award, and said she is dedicated to help find a cure, and spread the word about how important early detection is to defeating this dread disease.
Brad Garret (Everybody Loves Raymond) served as MC, and announced that $295,000 was raised for cancer research.
|Natalie & Paul Orfalea (Kinkos) Honorees|
And you can help do your part, by attending Concern Foundations Annual Block Party on July 14th at Paramount Studios. This sold out evening hosts 4,000 guests, and will honor Gene Rosenfeld, one of the nations most accomplished real estate developers, who is a cancer survivor himself. The Block party features over 50 restaurants, including The Grill, Chin Chin, Lawrys, The Prime Rib, and Pink's Famous Hot Dogs Wine stations and fully stocked bars are available, as well as coffee drinks from Pasquini Espresso Company.
There are four stages of live entertainment, casino style gaming and silent and live auctions. Last year Adam Carolla was the auctioneer and helped raise over $1.8 million. For more info on how you can attend this star studded event, and do your share to conquer cancer, visit their website at www.concernfoundation.org. Hope to see you there on the Hollywood Beat.
|Dominick Dunne with honorees Mr. & Mrs. George Schlatter|