Andy Williams joined Ella Fitzgerald, Frank Sinatra, Tony Bennett and Celine Dion (to name a few) as the recipient of the Ella Award from the Society of Singers. This organization founded by Ginny (Mrs. Henry Mancini, offers services to meet emergency financial needs of professional singers worldwide.
|President Jerry F. Sharell, Johnny Mathis, Andy Williams (Honoree), Barry Manilow and Pat Boone at Society of Singers|
The evening opened with Jerry F. Sharell, President, along with Jerry Joseph Sharell and Pat Boone warbling "Canadian Sunset", and closed with the entire cast performing "Our Love Is Here to Stay". And what a cast it was! Glen Campbell, Petula Clark, Johnny Mathis and Barry Manilow were among the talent singing their hearts out for the cause. Even the honoree, Andy Williams himself performed "The Days of Wine and Roses," and  "Moon River" - both of which were written by Henry Mancini, and won  Academy Awards as best songs in 1961 and 1962!
|Florence Henderson & Judge Judy Sheindlin|
Others enjoying the singing spectacular included Carol Burnett, Judge Judy Sheindlin, and actress Kathleen Quinlan, who was nominated for an Oscar for her role in Apollo 13. As Sir Paul McCartney stated, "Congratulations Andy, your voice is truly a national treasure."
|Loni Anderson with Nigel Lythgoe (Honoree) at SHARE|
The Ladies of SHARE, who are committed to raising funds for at-risk-youth, "Razzle Dazzled" them at their 55th Anniversary Boomtown Gala at the Santa Monica Civic Auditorium. Twenty-One spirited members kicked their heels even higher than usual, thanks to Nancy Gregory, choreographer, with Gary Smith producing. The glamorous gals performed a sizzling dance montage, featuring rumba and tango, and later staged a dance number with Clint Holmes, who was voted the Best All Around Entertainer in Las Vegas Perhaps they were motivated by the fact that Nigel Lythgoe, Producer of American Idol and So You Think You Can Dance, was the honoree.
|Kim and Glenn Campbell|
Lythoe was introduced by Good Day LA's Steve Edwards and Dorothy Lucey, and received a standing ovation for the record $130 million he helped raise with Idol Gives Back. Celeb guests included the newly wed Loni Anderson, with her handsome son, Quinton Reynolds, Laura San Giacomo and Cesar Milan (Dog Whisperer) Speaking of doggies, KNBC's Fritz Coleman auctioned off a full bred miniature poodle, which stole the show. Margie Petersen (Peterson Auto Museum) paid $8,000 for the pampered pooch. To add to the mix - two competing bidders agreed to pay $20,000 each for a 2-hour in-home consultation with Cesar Milan. Talk about a top dog! Only on the Hollywood Beat.
|September Sarno, Debra Cirilov Couch, actress Katerina Graham and Sondra Currie at SHARE|
Hill Harper ("CSI: NY") emceed The Liberty Hill Foundation's Change L.A. fundraiser at the home of Amy Elaine Wakeland and Los Angeles City Councilman Eric Garcetti. The organization celebrated the fact that one of their first grants helped establish L.A.'s rent control law, and now 30 years later, some of their grants helped defeat Proposition-98 earlier this year which would have done away with rent control altogether. The Liberty Hill Foundation partners with innovative and effective Los Angeles grassroots organizations to combat poverty and injustice, and help transform the City of Angels into a place that promises safety, equality and opportunity for everyone who lives here. More information visit http://libertyhill.org.
|Hill Harper, Kafi Blumenfield, Amy Wakeland and Eric Garcetti at Liberty Hill's Change L.A. event|
SAVE THE DATE: On Saturday, July 19, 2008 the Saban Free Clinic (formerly the Los Angeles Free Clinic) will host its annual "Extravaganza of the Senses" wine and food charity fundraiser at the 20th Century Fox Studios (10201 West Pico, West Los Angeles 90035). This year, Golden-Globe nominated actor Julian McMahon ("Nip/Tuck") will serve as the honorary chair of the event. The event is one of the largest wine and food tastings in Los Angeles. More than 2,000 people in attendance will enjoy wine, cocktails, beer and food from over 100 participating wineries and 40 of the best restaurants in the city! More than 200 items have been donated for the silent auction, including several entertainment related items including walk-on roles in hit television shows and autographed celebrity items. General Admission tickets are $100 and VIP Admission tickets are $225. For more event information contact the Clinic's Special Events office at (323) 330-1670.