Mickey Mouse paid a surprise visit to the Beverly Wilshire Hotel to congratulate Dick Cook, Chairman of Walt Disney Studios, on receiving the American Jewish Committee's prestigious Dorothy and Sherill C. Corwin Human Relations Award. This honor is given to outstanding leaders in the entertainment industry who have helped promote tolerance, understanding and cooperation.
|Kirk Douglas, Anne Douglas, Friendly House Ex. Dir. Peggy Albrecht & Michael Douglas|
Dan Glickman, CEO of the Motion Picture Association of America, provided the keynote speech, in which he addressed the power of films to change lives, both here and abroad, and underscored the importance of our work to remind the world," we remain a nation of ideas and ideals."
|Brad Garrett, Joely Fisher & Patrick Wayne at John Wayne Cancer Clinic Event|
In receiving the award, Cook talked about the "phenomenal work" done by the AJC, and how the funds raised at the dinner will help those efforts. He was proud to join the list of past recipients, including Clint Eastwood, Steven Spielberg, George Lucas and Amy Pascal to name a few. (Well, at least there was one female on the list)...The room was so filled with "suits"; it was a field day for the few single fems in the crowd! Next year, let's bring Minnie on!
|Joely Fisher & her sister, Tricia Lee Fisher at fundraising luncheon|
Speaking of prestigious women - Anne Douglas was named as "Woman of the Year" by Friendly House - the oldest Women's Recovery Program in the U.S. Anne is considered to be one of the most philanthropic individuals in L.A., and is an example of what women can achieve with determination and focus. She started a center for homeless women in downtown L.A., and received scores of honors and awards for her work with the American Friends of Hebrew University, Cedars Sinai Research Center for Women's Cancers, etc
|Walt Disney President and CEO Robert Iger presents the AJC Human Relations Award to Dick Cook|
Supporting her at the event were her equally philanthropic men in her life, hubby Kirk, and son, Michael Douglas. She spoke passionately about losing her younger son, Eric who died of a drug overdose after 20 years of alcohol and drug abuse. Did you know that Friendly House successfully treated over 600 women, with a success rate of 72% - compared to the hospital average of 35%? No one has ever been turned away because of lack of funds. A most worthy cause indeed.
|Mickey Mouse made a surprise visit to congratulate Dick Cook.|
And last, but not least, Joely Fisher, who currently stars in the Fox network's Til Death, received the Angel Award at the John Wayne Cancer Institute Auxiliary's Annual Membership Luncheon at the Beverly Hills Hotel. The multi-talented actress and singer, who was nominated for a Golden Globe for her recurring role on Ellen, also comes from a family of philanthropic achievements. Her gorgeous Mom, Connie Stevens, has been honored for her support of a myriad of causes.
Emmy winning actor, Brad Garrett, who portrays her husband on Til Death, was front row and center to honor his co-star. Also in attendance was Patrick Wayne (John Wayne's handsome son) who has taken over the reins as Chairman of this renowned cancer research and treatment center that have raised nearly $15 million to fight this dread disease. Brava to all the fine ladies, who have made an extraordinary contribution to women's health on the Hollywood Beat.