Nice to note that Paris Hilton has kept her word when she said she wanted to involve herself in charity work. She appeared graciously at the recent "Night by the Ocean" fundraiser at the Beverly Hills Hotel, which raises money for kids with spinal cord injuries. She is seen posing prettily with her pal, Jesse Billauer, a former pro-surfer who is now paralyzed. The blond beauty also bid and won $17,500. Surfing lesson with Billauer and Adam Sandler. The Simple Life star also said she visited L.A. Children's Hospital's cancer ward, and that she is very excited about working with major charities around the world. In this case, hope Paris serves as an example to other wayward starlets.
|Paris Hilton and Jesse Billauer at "Life Rolls On"|
Also bombarded by the paparazzi was the equally gorgeous Brooke Burns, who recently fractured a bone in her neck in a diving accident. The former Baywatch babe is thrilled there is no permanent damage, and sympathizes with the cause.
|Brooke Burns looking good after breaking her neck!|
Producer Gary Scott Thompson (Las Vegas) was honored, along with Ricky James, who was injured in 2005, while competing in an Amateur National Motorcross event in Texas. Although now paraplegic, he epitomizes the Life Rolls On philosophy, and stresses there is hope for young people who are afflicted with spinal cord injury.
|Producer/Host Harrison Maxwell at Simpsons premiere|
This Sunday, August 5th, (which happens to be the eve of Marilyn Monroe's 45th memorial) don't miss viewing The Ultimate Marilyn - Volume 3 on The City of Angels Time Warner Cable at 5 and 9:00 PM. Some of the guests on the show include producer Stanley Rubin (River of No Return) and actress Diana Herbert, whose father produced, wrote and directed Scudda Hoo, Scudda Hay, Marilyn's first film role..
|Freda Payne (Singer), Patti Austin, star of the evening, Board Member Denise Richman-Cooper and singer/actress Laine Kazan (My Big Fat Greek Wedding)|
Producer, Host and Marilyn's biggest fan, Harrison Maxwell, who has appeared in numerous films and TV shows like Boston Legal, Dirt and Roseanne Show, seen here with The Simpsons (at the premiere of the hit movie), feels that Marilyn's magic is endless, and this trilogy is a fitting memorial to her immense talent and beauty.
Merv Griffin, chairman of the Young Musicians Foundation, put together "Soundstage at the Geffen", a benefit show of cool jazz on a hot Monday night, starring trumpet virtuoso Jack Sheldon, and his Big Band, and Grammy nominated singer Patti Austin. Representing the new generation was 14-year-old guitarist and composer Tim Callobre, who won the hearts of the audience with a standing ovation.
|Dominic Purcell from "Prison Break"|
Some of the sponsors of the evening included Wells Fargo, Betty Rose, Suzi and Fred Wehba and of course, the David Geffen Foundation. Funds raised support the YMF's 16 programs for young musicians, and free concerts of classical music throughout the year.
Speaking of great musicians, keep September 10th open for the Society of Singers, when the 16th Ella Award will be presented to Gladys Knight. Melissa Etheridge, Smokey Robinson and Johnny Mathis are among those scheduled to perform. For ticket information please call 818-995-7100. A musical experience you won't want to miss on the Hollywood Beat.