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Charity Scorecard

November 03, 1998|HEATHER STEWART JORDEN

* A dramatic reading by Sharon Stone and David Hyde Pierce was the highlight of "A Royal Affaire," an Oct. 18 fund-raising gala for the Pasadena Playhouse, California's state theater. The event, held at the historic Villa del Sol d'Oro in Sierra Madre, was attended by more than 450 guests, including David and Lynn Angell, David Davis, Jane Messler, Nelson Leonard and Peggy Phelps, and Roger and Lilah Strangeland. About $100,000 was raised. The reading was written by Terri Wagener and explored the 1930s affair between King Edward VIII and American divorcee Wallis Simpson, the woman for whom he abdicated the British throne in 1936. The gala set the stage for the Pasadena Playhouse's upcoming production of the new musical "Only a Kingdom."

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* Candice Bergen was presented with the EverGreen Award at TreePeople's 12th annual fund-raising dinner Oct. 3 at Coldwater Canyon Park in the Santa Monica Mountains above Studio City. The Evening Under the Harvest Moon dinner raised $200,000 for the environmental organization. "Murphy Brown" co-stars Joe Regalbuto and Charles Kimbrough were among the 500 guests, as well as actresses Sally Kellerman and Molly Hagen, writer-director David Zucker, songwriter Diane Warren and producer Marshall Herskovitz. Bergen has served as honorary chair of the Friends of Coldwater Canyon Park for the last two years.

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* The British Festival Ball held Oct. 3 at the Park Hyatt Hotel in Century City raised $5,000 for the British American Chamber of Commerce's Spirit of Los Angeles Scholarship Fund. The fund is a cultural and educational exchange program that allows disadvantaged students to travel to the United Kingdom and mix with their peers. About 300 attended the ball, sponsored by Virgin Cola. A British menu was served followed by dancing, a costume competition and a raffle draw. The Moptops performed Beatles music.

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* Gregory Peck and Dr. John Meihaus were honored by the National Institute of Transplantation at the "Race for Hope" benefit Oct. 3 at Los Angeles' Union Station. The gala, a tribute to Hollywood's Golden Era, raised more than $200,000 for the institute, which is dedicated to the advancement of organ transplantation through education and research at St. Vincent Medical Center and USC University Hospital. Peck, who was unable to attend, was honored for his continuing support of the institute, including the narration of a video, "Tom and Alison," a true story of a family's tragic loss that saved another life through organ donation. Meihaus was a pioneer in the organ transplantation field and instituted the transplantation program at St. Vincent.

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* Dyan Cannon, Stephanie Powers, Robert Fuller, Mick Fleetwood and Jo Anne Worley were among the celebrities who attended the fourth annual Safari Brunch Benefit at the Bel-Air estate of Los Angeles Mayor Richard Riordan on Oct. 3. More than $200,000 was raised for the Wildlife Waystation. Rod Spackman of Chevron donated $5,000. Betty White and KZLA-FM's Sean Parr emceed a live auction. In addition to the 500 human guests, the benefit was attended by Drifter the tiger, Mercury the mountain lion and Navarre the wolf. The Wildlife Waystation, founded by Martine Colette, provides shelter and care for more than 65,000 animals, reptiles and birds.

Has your group held a charity fund-raiser recently? Let us know about it. We will report on selected local benefit projects and events. Please tell us about your organization and the charity you support, how much you raised, how the charity uses your gift and the details of your event--what, when and where. Send a letter or news release to Charity Scorecard, Southern California Living, Los Angeles Times, Times Mirror Square, Los Angeles, CA 90053, or fax to (213) 237-4888. Submissions must reach us no more than two weeks after the benefit.

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