The Bel Air Hotel was the perfect venue for the Citywealth Top 100 American Awards. Host Robin Leach (Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous) greeted the top wealth and management reps from around the world, as well as their prominent clients. Robin is excited about his new TV Show, Surreal Life Fame Games, which premiered on January 7th on VH1. This is a competitive twist on Celebreality, where cast members compete in Las Vegas, battling a wild series of "fame games", to establish a winner of the $100,000 grand prize.
But this is just chump change to the clients of these wealth advisors from such respected firms as Goldman Sachs and J.P. Morgan, who sampled Filet Mignon and Truffle Whipped Potatoes, or Seared Foie Gras with Mango Chutney! Marilyn Monroe herself (in the form a celebrity look-a-like), was even on hand to pose with the affluent guests. Kudos to Karen Jones, Editor of Citywealth, who jetted in from London for the occasion, and Vegas beauty, Kaya Morgan, who made it all happen.
Speaking of Vegas and extreme wealth , we were invited to a soiree at the Hartland Mansion, once Vegas' largest home - (30,000 sq. ft.). The estate, former home of Elvis Pressley, was designed and decorated by Grammy Award winning composer Larry Hart (Sisterella). The Hart family, headed by Mama Toni (who was once a singing evangelist), and daughter Linda (who starred in many Broadway Shows,) entertained the more than 300 guests. Lovely Linda currently is starring in a new Fox TV series, The Winner, and Larry has produced another show opening in Vegas this spring, entitled Praise. What a family!
Every top singer in Vegas performed at the private event, including our pal, lyric baritone Grant Griffin, who has performed in more than 350 concerts. We can't wait to attend his annual Meatball Awards to be held on April 22nd at the Imperial Palace Hotel. He was with his gorgeous wife, Poupee Boccaccio, international actress, singer and artist, whose work is represented in major art galleries and collections around the world.
And back on the Hollywood Beat, attended the annual Holiday Luncheon for 40 Karets, a social club founded 27 years ago by a small group of women to share interesting experiences and camaraderie.. All of these ladies are very active in scads of charities, including, City of Hope, Variety Club, Associates for Breast Cancer, etc; but they meet once a month, let their hair down, and just "have fun". Ann Davis, one of the Founders of the Group, has been elected as "President for Life", and is ably supported by Westside ladies Elise Rips (secretary), Marilyn Stampler (program, and Barbara Winters (treasurer) to name a few.