Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala

Venice Family Clinic's Silver Circle Gala
LL Cool J hosts the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala honoring Leslie Moonves

 

The event: LL Cool J brought a burst of star light to the Mar 9 Silver Circle Gala, as host of the Venice Family Clinic’s 33rd annual fundraiser.

Sponsored by the UCLA Health System and the David Geffen School of Medicine, the affair honored CBS President and Chief Executive Leslie Moonves and philanthropists Dr. Bill Resnick and Michael Stubbs.

Moonves heaped praise on the “NCIS: Los Angeles” star during ceremonies at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, calling him “CBS’ and the Moonves family’s go-to guy,” adding, “If Kanye West ran up these stairs, he [Cool J] would tackle him before he got to me.”

The crowd: Television sitcom creator Chuck Lorre, L.A. County Supervisor Sheila Kuehl and Venice Clinic CEO Liz Forer presented the awards before an audience of actors and entertainment VIPs. Among the crowd were Gina Rodriguez, Jaime Camil and Justin Baldoni of “Jane the Virgin”; Peter Matthew Perry and Thomas Lennon of “The Odd Couple”; Pauley Perrette of “NCIS”; actor Peter Fonda; and television personality Julie Chen (Mrs. Moonves).

Venice Family Clinic's Silver Circle Gala
More were Warner Bros. chairman and CEO Kevin Tsujihara; Sony Pictures Television President Steve Mosko; DreamWorks Animation CEO Jeffrey Katzenberg; and producers Brian Grazer and Jerry Bruckheimer…

 

Click here to read my entire story – including a few very clever quips from Lorre and Moonves – in the “All the Rage” section of the Los Angeles Times. Scroll down the page to see more photos from the event.

 

As an aside, As good fortune would have it, I caught up with the always-congenial LL Cool J the minute I walked into the Beverly Wilshire Hotel, and so I asked about his relationship to the Venice Family Clinic.

He said, not surprisingly, he came to support Les Moonves, but he also knew the importance of good health care as his wife had previously had cancer and gotten through it. (A compassionate man, he once told me at a Chrysalis Butterfly Ball that he was so moved by the cause that he personally donated his own clothes to the center to help the homeless get jobs.)

As a special highlight, before the evening ended, Josh Groban sang 5 songs from the musical theater –  I could have listened to him all night.

Venice Family Clinic's Silver Circle Gala

Top photo: Host LL Cool J at the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Venice Family Clinic)

Second photo: Honoree Leslie Moonves, left, and TV sitcom titan Chuck Lorre at the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala  (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Venice Family Clinic)

Third photo: Josh Groban performed 5 songs from film and theater after the tributes at the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala (Photo by Michael Buckner/ Getty Images for Venice Family Clinic)

Fourth photo: Matthew Perry of “The Odd Couple” and Gina Rodriguez of “Jane the Virgin” at the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Venice Family Clinic)

Fifth photo: Honorees Michael J. Stubbs, left, and Dr. Bill Resnick at the Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala  (Photo by Mike Windle/ Getty Images for Venice Family Clinic)

 

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Venice Family Clinic Silver Circle Gala

Published Mar. 11, 2015 – Ellen Olivier, SocietyNewsLA.com