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Malibu's Marissa Coughlan, Auxiliary President Andrea Nelson Kopald, JWCI Chairman Patrick Wayne and Gala Chair Susan Lynch get in the mood to groove at last year's Odyssey Ball.


Malibu’s Marissa Coughlan is grabbing her boogie shoes and she’s ready to dance. Marissa is stepping into the role of gala chair for this year’s Odyssey Ball to benefit the John Wayne Cancer Institute. As always, organizers promise a swinging good time.

On April 18, the ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel will be transformed into The Odyssey Supper Club. The swanky soirĂ©e features dinner, dancing and an awards presentation. This year’s honorees include veteran actress Bonnie Hunt, who will be presented with the True Grit Humanitarian Award, and philanthropists Donna and Harvey Rosen, who are in line to receive The Duke Award.

They’ve got a great cause, a prime location, a fun theme and, with crooner Steve Tyrell providing the tunes, how can one go wrong? Steve recently wrapped up a successful stint at the Catalina Club where he wowed the crowds with American classics like “Ain’t Misbehavin’,” “Give Me the Simple Life” and “Sunny Side of the Street.” He also showcased some selections from the popular “Back to Bacharach” release.

For Steve, there was something even better than a sold-out gig. It was his mentor and buddy Burt, who showed up for opening night and joined in on “This Guy’s in Love With You.”

What snazzy surprises Steve has in store for us at Odyssey are anyone’s guess.


Malibuites were out in full force at this year’s Unforgettable Evening to benefit the Entertainment Industry Foundation and its Women’s Cancer Research Foundation.

Tom Hanks, Rita Wilson, David Arquette, Kate Capshaw and Steven Spielberg hosted the big bash.

David’s wife, Courtney Cox, and pal, Gwyneth Paltrow, were the night’s honorees. Courtney, whose name is often misspelled, “Cortney,” was thrilled when she glanced at her award and noticed that EIF got it right.

The evening’s entertainment couldn’t have been more bootylicious with Beyonce taking the stage. The red-hot song bird delighted the room with “Crazy in Love” and “Single Ladies.” And for those who missed the Inaugural Ball in the District of Columbia, she wrapped it all up with her riveting version of “At Last.”

The event raised an impressive $1.5 million for the cause.


Speaking of divine ‘do’s, Nancy Davis has announced her all-star line up for this year’s Race to Erase MS. The megabash will include special performances by the legendary Eagles and singer-songwriter Michelle Branch.

Over the years, Nancy and Malibu music man David Foster have delighted us with everyone from Donna Summer, Stevie Nicks and Natalie Cole to Earth, Wind and Fire. Even better, they’ve raised millions to make multiple sclerosis a thing of the past. Race to Erase takes place May 8 at the Century Plaza.

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