There were plenty of laughs at the Broad Stage as The John Wayne Cancer Institute hosted its annual “What A Pair” benefit. Every year, an eclectic array of entertainers teams up for a lively evening of song and dance. The “pairing” kicked off with a VIP cocktail bash and silent auction. Guests soon took their seats for the main event, which featured Anne Heche, Amy Pletz and Jo Anne Worley-among many others. Since 2002, “What A Pair” has raised more than $2 million to increase awareness and fund research in the fight against breast cancer.
STEPPING OUT IN STYLE
Scenesters flocked to the Orpheum Theater on Broadway for a fashion extravaganza dubbed “Glamorama 2010.” The event, which benefits AIDS Project Los Angeles and Project Angel Food, has come a long way since it started out in the cafeteria of a Macy’s department store in 1982. Today, it is one of the largest and longest running HIV/AIDS fundraisers of its kind. The draw is an electrifying fashion show that mixes music, magic and fantasy.
In keeping with tradition, it was over the top with fabulous frocks and outstanding attire from Marc Jacobs, Calvin Klein, Tommy Hilfiger, Just Cavalli, Tracy Reese and more. The show also featured an appearance by Grammy Award winner Macy Gray. After getting an eyefull of fashion, the festivities continued with a stylish after-party at The California Market Center. Over the years, the event has raised more than $28 million for HIV/AIDS services, prevention and research.
A host of Hollywood heavyweights was on hand to toast Avi Arad at a benefit for The Citizens Empowerment Center in Israel. Malibu’s Cheryl and Haim Saban chaired the gala event that drew power players like Amy Pascal and Sam Nazarian. Actor Jon Voight was also among those who turned up at the Kodak Theater and presented Avi with the center’s Lifetime Achievement Award. But Avi wasn’t alone. The CECI Ambassador Project also honored top students and teachers for excellence in education.
The evening underscored CECI’s mission to establish stability in the Middle East through research and education. Many of its initiatives focus on democracy and leadership programs. They encourage civic involvement to ensure a bright future in the region. CECI Executive Director Dora Kadisa was thrilled with the turnout, and said, “I am honored to be among so many extraordinary people thinking about the future generation and Israel.”