|Amy Yasbeck & Sharon Rocha|
at "Our House" event
The event was sponsored by Our House, founded by Jo-Ann Lautman in l993, which provides grief support services for those who experienced the death of a significant person in their lives. They maintain that the healing process is enhanced through the relationships that are developed in its many support groups.
|Conductor John Mauceri with|
Merv Griffin at Young Musicians Foundation
After a fabulous silent auction, including artwork by renewed artist Joseph Litzinger, we heard from two young people who had lost their parents. They both credit Our House for being their savor in dealing with their tragic loss. Bravo to all concerned.
On a lighter score, we experienced an evening of musical magic when the Young Musicians Foundation held their annual gala at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The theme of this year’s gala was “Everything’s Coming Up Roses, and marked the premiere of the glorious Merv Griffin Rose. Griffin the winner of last year’s Humanitarian Award (and former owner of the Beverly Hilton) stated, “I started life as a young musician at age four, and believe our future audiences depend upon programs initiated by the YMF”.
|Betty & Fred Hayman, Recipients of|
Humanitarian Award for YMF
The evening’s entertainment included Soprano Sarah Jane McMahon, who performed an aria from La Boheme; and tenor Gregorio Gonzalez, who sang selections from the Barber of Seville. But the crème de la crème was13 year old violinist Hayato Ishibashi who performed Puccini’s “Nessum Dorma.” That is what the Young Musicians is all about. To foster and encourage aspiring gifted young talent like this on the Hollywood Beat.