We were invited to celebrate the 40th anniversary of La Dolce Vita, the legendary Beverly Hills restaurant where Frank Sinatra, Gregory Peck and Ronald Reagan held court. Did you know that every U.S. President, since Kennedy has dined in this elegant eatery, and that they have maintained their reputation for classic Italian cuisine and impeccable service.
|Rose McGowan,Cameron Silver and Maria Bellow at La Dolce Vita|
Some of the current celebs in attendance included Maria Bello, Rose McGowan (Charmed), Gina Gershon and Sumner Redstone and his new bride. The event honored Cameron Silver, owner of the renowned Decades boutique in L.A. and London, who was named as one of Time Magazine's "25 Most Influential names and Faces in Fashion." He has dressed such A-list celebs as Nicole Kidman, Jennifer Lopez and Renee Zellweger. There was also a fantastic silent auction, with the proceeds from the evening's events benefiting the American Film Institute.
|Bonnie & Dick Clark (Chairman of Walt Disney Studios) with Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa at Beastly Ball|
La Dolce Vita means the sweet life - and you can enjoy a sweet evening every Tuesday through August, if you "dress to the nines" for dinner. Gentlemen are encouraged to dress in their best suit and tie, and women in cocktail attire, rekindling the glamour of Beverly Hills. You will even receive a complimentary glass of Champagne and the full red carpet treatment!
|Betty White & Friend at Beastly Ball|
Speaking of special treatment, we were pleased to attend the launch party for the first Los Angeles issue of BizBash at the Pacific Design Center. This slick publication is the authority for anyone who plans, designs or influences corporate and nonprofit events.
The first issue features details on the Superman Returns celebration, plus a trend report on the newest L.A. venues. Being a party planner (as well as participant myself) it was a joy to touch base with caterers like Along Came Mary and the Patina Group, and schmooze with party mavens like DJ Johnny Night and LA Premier Florists. The assortment of hors d'oeuvres from Wolfgang Puck were outstanding, as usual, and who could resist the ice-covered martini bar?
Bizbash Founder David Adler formally announced that Elisabeth Familian is the President of the new Bizbash L.A. With her background as publisher of the L.A. Master Calendar, it is sure to be a smashing success.
|L.A. Zoo Trustee Angela Janklow with Rebecca DeMornay at Beastly Ball|
And, speaking of success, over 900 guests attended the Beastly Ball at the L.A. Zoo and raised $1,147,000 to support their various programs. Disney was honored for its legacy of support of animals, which dates back to its earliest films, including Bambi. Their animal conservation efforts are also evidenced by the Disney Wildlife Conservation Fund established in 1995.
Some of the safari clad attendees included Harry Dean Stanton, Rebecca DeMornay, Alfred Molina and, of course, Betty White, who is a huge supporter of the Zoo.
|Council Member Tom La Bonge, presents official proclamation to Biz Bash. Pictured also are L.A. President, Liz Familian, Founder David Adler, and Media President, Richard Aaron.|
This Saturday, July 8th, the 10th anniversary of the Bet Tzedek Justice Ball will take place at the Hollywood Palladium. This year's headliner will be a concert by The Go-Go's, the most-popular all-female band to emerge from the early 80's. Tickets are $75 (General) and $150 (VIP) and over 3,000 people are expected to attend the charity event. Ticket information is available at 323-656-9069 or visit www.thejusticeball.org. Bet Tzedek provides free legal representation to low-income, elderly and disabled residents of Los Angeles.
|The Go-Go's: (L-R) Charlotte Caffey (lead guitar), Belinda Carlisle (lead vocals), Kathy Valentine (bass), Gina Schock (drums), Jane Wiedlin (rhythm guitar).|
Keep July 15th open for the 32nd Annual Block Party which benefits the Concern Foundation for Cancer Research. This scintillating soiree is held at Paramount Studios, and feature a live and silent auction , rock climbing, photo studio, casino gaming and live musical entertainment. But the best thing is the assortment of food from such restaurants as Fogo De Chao, Ago, The Grill, Ortolan and more. For a fun-filled evening that will also benefit others, please call 323-852-9844. Hope to see you there on the Hollywood Beat.