Children’s Def...

Matt Barnes, Chris Messina, Jordana Brewster, John Boyega, Conan O’Brien, Kamala Harris and J.J. Abrams Salute Students Who Beat the Odds     The event: Most Los Angeles awards dinners pay tribute to Hollywood stars, VIP business leaders or big-time philanthropists. But at the...

Stop Cancer Gala

Armie Hammer, Paula Abdul, Barbra Streisand On Hand to Honor Milkens, Tendlers at STOP CANCER Gala     The event: “STOP CANCER” honored Lori and Michael Milken and Audri and Stan Tendler at a glittering gala Nov. 23 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. The program: Michael Hammer...

Rivals United for a ...

USC, UCLA Athletes and Supporters Unite to Benefit Cancer Research     The event: Trojans and Bruins dispensed with their traditional USC/ UCLA sports rivalry,  when they got together to stage the Nov. 16 Rivals United for a Kure Gala at the City Club Los Angeles. Clearly a...

Bill Clinton at the ...

Bill Clinton Says “Be Positive”  The Former President Talks to the Los Angeles World Affairs Council     Click here to see a video of Bill Clinton’s concluding remarks in his Nov. 10 conversation with Terry McCarthy, president and chief executive of the Los...

Make Equality Realit...

Kathy Griffin Hosts Make Equality Reality Dinner Honoring Gloria Steinem, Salma Hayek Pinault     The event: Kathy Griffin hosted “Make Equality Reality,” a fundraiser for Equality Now, which advocates for the rights of women and girls around the world. The comedian deemed the...

Breeders Cup 2014

Elizabeth Banks, Jennifer Tilly, Sylvester Stallone, Kristin Chenoweth Bet on the Breeders’ Cup at Santa Anita     The event: The Breeders’ Cup World Championships at Santa Anita Park offered two days of high-stakes horse racing, paying out a total of $26 million in purses...

amfAR LA Inspiration...

Rihanna, Miley Cyrus Make a Splash at amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala     The event: Miley Cyrus and Rihanna ran off with the headlines at the Oct. 29 black-tie amfAR L.A. Inspiration Gala. Rihanna presented the award to the night’s honoree, fashion designer Tom Ford, while...

Teen Cancer America ...

Roger Daltrey, Top Artists Combine Talents for Teen Cancer America   The event: A contemporary art auction, coupled with a concert by Roger Daltrey – legendary frontman for the Who – raised more than $500,000 for Teen Cancer America, dedicated to improving the lives of teens and...

Big Brothers Big Sis...

Katherine Heigl, Sean Hayes at Big Bash to Honor Bill Ahmanson, Jennifer Salke, Hollywood Reporter   The event: The “Big Bash” at the Beverly Hilton, benefiting Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, turned out to be so inspiring that Katherine Heigl volunteered on the...

RIP Oscar de la Renta Oct21

RIP Oscar de la Rent...

Remembering Oscar de la Renta     The first time I met Oscar de la Renta was in Paris in July, 2000, just after he presented his fall/ winter haute couture collection for Balmain. Few Americans in the history of French haute couture have ever created fashions for a major Parisian...

Carousel of Hope Bal...

Magic Johnson Honored at Carousel of Hope Ball   The event: Basketball legend Kareem Abdul Jabbar bestowed the Brass Ring Award on NBA superstar Earvin “Magic” Johnson at the Oct. 11 Carousel of Hope Ball. Hosted by Barbara Davis, and presented by Mercedes Benz, the biannual...