More than 1000 black tie guests attended the Road to a Cure Gala, presented by the Cedars Sinai Board of Governors. The star-studded evening was emceed by Joey Fatone, who performed with "The Fellas" (Joey Lawrence, Joey McIntyre and Drew Lachey) and introduced Academy of Motion Picture Arts & Sciences President Sid Ganis, who presented the Lifetime Achievement Award to producer Walter Mirisch. The Magnificent Seven, West Side Story and The Pink Panther are just a few of the memorable films on Mirisch's impressive resume.
|Rebecca Gayheart, "Woman of Style"|
Steve Carell (The Office) presented Ben Silverman , Co-chairman of NBC Entertainment, with their Visionary Award for his far-reaching volunteerism. Carell began his intro of Silverman commenting: "It's fitting his initials are B.S., because that stands for Bullshit" and continued with a string of jokes, too blue to mention. Keeping in the comedic spirit, Vanessa Williams lent her beautiful voice to a hilarious rendition of The Man That Got Away, while Michael Urie held up photos of Silverman - alluding to Silverman's role as Executive Producer of Ugly Betty, and subsequent departure to join NBC.
|Steve Carell & Ben Silverman at Road to a Cure|
The evening was sponsored by Lexus, and was produced by George Schlatter (Laugh-in) Best news is that they raised over $1.5 million to support cancer research at Cedars Sinai Medical Center.
|Vanessa Williams performing with Michael Urie|
My favorite holiday song has to be "White Christmas, "warbled melodically by Bing Crosby. After all, having been born and raised in Philadelphia, and transplanted in sunny California, we can relate to the lyrics of this classic song. Guess I'm not the only one who appreciates Irving Berlin's masterpiece, The Crosby recording is the biggest selling single of all time, as confirmed by the 2008 Guinness Book of Records. So, it was with pleasure that we attended Holiday Memories of Bing, at the El Portal Theatre. Dolores (Bob Hope's 98 year old widow) and Kathryn Crosby (74) treated us to many of Bing's signature tunes, in a multi-media presentation that honored our troops, who Bob and Bing loved so much.
|Dolores Hope, Kathryn Crosby & Mary Frances Crosby - "Holiday Memories of Bing"|
Kathryn, who met Bing as a girl of 18, and started a second family with him, took center stage to remind us of a time when there was a healthy respect, pride and love of family entertainment. Their daughter Mary Frances (best remembered as the person who shot J.R, on the hit TV series, Dallas,) was on hand to honor her legendary Dad. A great way to welcome in the Holiday Season.
|Eric Dane presenting award to his wife, Rebecca Gayheart at Project Angel Food|
While in a holiday mood, Divine Design kicked off their annual shopping spree to benefit Project Angel Food at the Beverly Hilton. Actress Rebecca Gayheart-Dane was named as their Woman of Style; and as you can see from the accompanying photo, she earned it. The former model, best known for her roles in Scream and Urban Legend, was given her award by her gorgeous hubby, Eric Dane (Grey's Anatomy). McSteamy and McGayheart support Project Angel Food, which provides life-sustaining meals each day to more than 1,400 people disabled by Aids, cancer, and other life-threatening illnesses. A most worthwhile endeavor on the Hollywood Beat.