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Quick Whirl Around the Fall Fund-Raising Season

November 26, 2000|PATT DIROLL | SPECIAL TO THE TIMES

As the fall social- and fundraising season nears its end, we note some of the events that have made it a stellar one:

Big Sisters of Los Angeles honored actor Robin Williams and director Julie Taymor at the Rising Stars 2000 gala on Oct. 26. Olympic athletes Jenny Johnson and her brother, U.S. javelin finalist Josh Johnson, received the Young Heroes Award. Martin Mull and Fred Willard hosted the evening at the Beverly Hilton Hotel, which raised more than $500,000 for Big Sisters programs throughout Los Angeles. . . .

An Evening of Song and Spirit, held at the home of Tara Lynda and Peter Guber in Bel-Air on Oct. 26 to benefit Gaiam Yoga for Life, a yoga instruction program for children in inner city schools, raised $250,000. . . .

The 13th annual Buenanueva Foundation Gala held at the Omni Hotel in downtown Los Angeles on Oct. 27 honored Coca Cola Co. executive Rudy M. Beserra. Diane Medina of Walt Disney Co. chaired the event, which raised $140,000 to assist teen mothers in the greater Los Angeles area. . . .

The Children Affected by AIDS Foundation's seventh annual Dream Halloween, staged at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar on Oct. 28, raised $1.2 million. Whoopi Goldberg served as honorary chairwoman of the event.

A fund-raiser sponsored by A2Z Educational Advocates at the Beverly Hill Hotel on Oct. 28 raised $50,000 for the Blind Children's Center and the Autism Society of Los Angeles. . . .

Gov. Gray Davis and his wife, Sharon, composer David Foster and Dr. Howard House were honored with Albert Schweitzer Leadership Awards at the Hugh O'Brian Youth Leadership Awards Dinner held at the Beverly Hilton Hotel on Oct. 30. Other honorees included Los Angeles Police Chief Bernard Parks, Compensation Resource Group Chief Executive William L. MacDonald and attorney Daniel J. McLoon. The dinner raised $360,000 for youth programs. . . .

The Ryman-Carroll Foundation, which provides classical art instruction free of charge to talented high school students in the Los Angeles area, raised more than $85,000 at its Affair of the Art 2000 on Oct. 20 and 21 at the Walt Disney Animation Research Library in Glendale. More than 700 young artists have graduated from the program since it was established in 1990 in memory of inspiring artist and teacher Herbert D. Ryman. . . .

Vin Scully, Hall of Fame announcer for the Los Angeles Dodgers and recipient of the Sportcaster of the Century Award, was honored at the eighth annual Caritas Award Gala sponsored by St. John's Health Center Foundation on Oct. 21. Event chairwoman Evelyn Franco reports that the evening, held at the Century Plaza Hotel in Century City and which featured actors Kevin Costner and Robert Wagner, raised more than $600,000 for the neonatal intensive care unit at the Santa Monica hospital. . . .

The American Youth Symphony kicked off its 36th season on Oct. 22 with a free concert at UCLA's Royce Hall featuring the West Coast debut of 12-year-old violinist Ryu Goto, brother of the renowned violin virtuoso Midori. The concert and post-performance dinner were underwritten by the Ernst Jechart Memorial Fund, which was established for the symphony by Jenny Jechart in honor of her late husband. . . .

The seventh annual Beach Ball sponsored by the Santa Monica Baykeeper held Oct. 21 at the Hugh and Hazel Darling Law Library at the UCLA School of Law raised $80,000 for environmental programs to preserve and protect Santa Monica and San Pedro Bays. . . .

"Cruisin' into the 20th Century," the 27th annual Tournament Day sponsored by the National Charity League, South Coast chapter, raised $60,000. Leslie Brocoff chaired the event held Oct. 23 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Long Beach. . . .

The 10th-anniversary Golf Classic to benefit the American Red Cross, San Gabriel Valley Chapter, held Oct. 23 at South Hills Country Club in West Covina, raised more than $50,000. . . .

"Enchanted Garden," an afternoon garden party held on Oct. 15 at Ivy Wall, the Pasadena estate of Carlotta Busch Webster, raised more than $145,000 for the Pasadena Playhouse. . . .

The sixth annual AIDS Walk Los Angeles staged Oct. 15 drew 28,000 participants and raised $3.2 million. . . .

Citylive 2000, the ninth annual fund-raiser for Weingart Center, the downtown Los Angeles agency for the homeless, raised more than $320,000. The event held Oct. 17 on the Laramie Street back lot at Warner Bros. studios in Burbank honored Aaron Sorkin, creator of "The West Wing," and Richard Harnack of Union Bank of California. . . .

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