We were invited to attend a Texas Hold-Em/Casino Night Fundraiser to benefit the Caucus Foundation. This organization provides financial grants to student filmmakers to aid in completion of their work, and was chaired by Chuck and Ava Fries. Chuck is considered the "Godfather" of the TV movie; Small Sacrifices starring Farrah Fawcett and Ryan O'Neal, and Leona Helmsley: The Queen of Mean, are among his hits.

Movie PictureProducer Chuck and Ava Fries They were with their Westside friends, {4} and her attorney hubby {5}, who was featured on America's Best Lawyers. His lovely wife, Denise is very active in many charitable causes, including Westside Children's Services and on the Board of Directors of the Beverly Hills Education Foundation.
Movie PictureKato Kalin with actress Angel Tompkins Meanwhile back at the poker tables, spotted {6}, and his beautiful date, actress {7}. Kato recently was on the cover of Top Pair Magazine. Sorry folks, this wasn't a game of strip poker, which was detailed in that publication. And the winners were - as usual, {8} (Bride of Chucky) who won the Ladies Only No limit Texas Hold Em event at the World Series of Poker, and beat out 600 other women to take the championship. Maybe that's because her steady date is professional poker player {9} (aka the Unabomber) who she met at another charitable invitational poker tournament.
Movie PictureActor Richard Gilliand with his Emmy Nominated wife, Jean Smart Also betting heavily on blackjack (perhaps to take her mind off her Emmy nomination as best supporting actress, was {10}, who was with her actor hubby {11}. Did you know he appeared with her on the hit series 24 in several episodes? But his smartest move he admits, was marrying Jean.
Movie PictureWolfgang Puck with Birthday Girl Madeline Gussman, Orin Kennedy & Bernardo Puccio at Spago{12}, Mother of 5 and grandmom to a gaggle of great kids, was given a surprise Birthday Bash at Spago by her dear friends, {13} and {14}. There was no doubt which table on the sunlight patio was decorated by Bernardo, as he even brought along his own pink organdy tablecloths! Madeline and {15} are long time Westside residents who have supported numerous charities including Save a Heart, The Thalians, and Sheba Hospital in Israel. Among the fortunate socialites selected to toast Madeline were her buddies {16} and yours truly. Even {17}, who is always so gracious, and greets all his patrons, was on hand to extend his good wishes.
Movie PictureMark Burnett, who will be feted at Operation Smile Keep Sept 21 open for Operation Smile's 5th Annual Gala at the Regent Beverly Wilshire. Honorary Co-Chairs include {18} and {19}, the King of the Reality Show circuit. For more info, visit www.OperationSmile.org
Movie PictureJennifer Tilly with Poker Champ, Phil Laak Another upcoming event of interest is the American Friends of Hebrew University's Scopus Award Gala. {20} and {21}, owners of the L.A. Dodgers, and the Honorable {22}, will be honored at this black tie event at the Beverly Hilton. For ticket info, please call 310-843-3100. A most worthwhile event on the Hollywood Beat.