The Malibu estate of Clippers owner Donald T. Sterling, and his lovely wife, Shelly, was transformed into Hollywood Heaven at the Clippers Annual Tip-Off party, hosted by Sam Cassel, Corey Maggette, Cuttino Mobley, and of course, the star of the evening, Elton Brand. The grounds of the Oceanside mansion were covered with pristine white carpeting, and all the guests were attired in traditional summer white. A dazzling effect to be sure!

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Maria Shriver, son, Christopher Schwarzenneger, and John Gile

Elton was there, despite his recent injury to his Achilles tendon, as well as many of the other Clipper notables, and indicated he is not sitting around twiddling his thumbs while recuperating. The plucky player has just produced the film Rescue Dawn, the story of Lt. Dieter Denger, a German born U.S Navy pilot, who was shot down over Laos in 1966, and who staged a spectacular escape from a prisoner of war camp. The film, starring Christian Bale, has received rave notices. So if Elton can't play in the NBA this season, he may walk or hobble down the red carpet at the Oscars.

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Shirley MacLaine honored by Project Angel Food

Speaking of heavenly evenings, Project Angel Food honored Shirley MacLaine and famed architectural designer Xorin Balbes, at their new headquarters in Hollywood. Master of Ceremonies, First Lady of California, Maria Shriver and her son, Christopher Schwarzenneger addressed the importance of helping those in need, and Chris even related his own experience volunteering in the kitchen.

Long time supporters and weekly volunteers, Eric and Janet McCormack enjoyed the performance of Grammy Award winner Nina Freelon.. Other celebs included Jennifer Coolidge, Randolph Duke and Judith Light. Dame Elizabeth Taylor was set to present the Marianne Williamson's Award to MacLaine, but had to cancel due to illness. John Gile, Executive Director, was pleased to announce that over $600,000 was raised, which will help allow the organization to serve more than 1,4000 meals per day to help those affected by HIV/Aids and other serious illnesses.

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Judith Light and Eric McCormick

Coming Event on the Beat

Keep October 5th open for Operation Smile's 25th Anniversary Gala at the Beverly Hilton. This event honors Victoria Jackson, Bill Guthy, Sy Goldberg and L.A. Clippers Corey Maggette(who we saw recently at Don Sterling's soiree). Special guests include Jessica Simpson, Roman Downey (Touched by an Angel) and Mark Burnett. For ticket info, please check out their website at www.operationsmile.org.

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Eleanor Moscatel, Donald T. Sterling (Clippers Owner) and Ray Moscatel

And Monday, October 8, the National Breast Cancer Coalition will holds its 7th annual Les Girls Cabaret at the Avalon in Hollywood Hosted by Felicity Hoffman, performers will include Rita Wilson, Marg Helgenberger, Lucy Lawless, Michael Nouri and members of the Pussycat Dolls. For ticket info, lease call 323-549-9920.

We are proud to recommend these charitable endeavors, which will brighten your life, and those in need on the Hollywood Beat.