Here are some of the recent events to benefit nonprofit and service organizations and honor individuals for their community service:
For her longtime support of the City of Hope, veteran entertainer Florence Henderson was honored with the Star of Hope at a luncheon on the grounds of the Duarte-based medical center Nov. 30. . . . The New Israel Fund to support nonprofit organizations in Israel honored California Assembly Speaker Robert M. Hertzberg and Los Angeles businessman and community activist David A. Abel at its eighth annual Guardian of Democracy Award Dinner Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hills Hotel. Barbara and Zev Yaroslavsky, Jonathan Zasloff, Mel Levine and Fred Gaines co-chaired the event, which raised $450,000. . . .
Secretary of Defense William S. Cohen and his wife, Janet, hosted a dinner Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel to honor Jack Valenti, president of the Motion Picture Assn. of America, for his encouragement of positive portrayals of the military through film and television. Valenti, a World War II fighter pilot, received the first Citizen Patriot Award. The first "Spirit of Hope" award was given to its namesake, Bob Hope. His son, Tony Hope, accepted on his dad's behalf.
The eighth annual Divine Design gala held at Pacific Design Center Nov. 30 honored Jami Morse Heidegger, president of Kiehl's, the Beverly Center and Darren Star, creator of "Sex and the City," and raised more than $1.2 million for Project Angel Food, which provides free meals to people living with HIV and AIDS. . . . The California Fashion Industry Friends of AIDS Healthcare Foundation benefit fashion show, a tribute to designer Nicole Miller and model Cheryl Tiegs held at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel Nov. 29, raised more than $400,000 for AIDS research.
Anne O'Melveny Wilson, chairwoman of the Associates and Affiliates of Childrens Hospital Los Angeles, was in the spotlight at a luncheon at the California Club Nov. 29 honoring past presidents of the Associates and Affiliates of CHLA. For her years of service, a five-year, $5-million pledge to fund an endowment for nursing excellence in her name was announced.
The 25th annual Breath of Life Ball held Nov. 29 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel raised $250,000 for the Southern California chapter of the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. Donald Sterling chaired the evening, honoring Robert H. Lorsch with the organization's highest honor, the Rikki and Fredric D. Rosen Humanitarian Award.
Ten young women made their bow at the 52nd annual Coronet Debutante Ball on Nov. 25 at the Beverly Hilton Hotel. Stepping through a giant coronet were: Andrea Bogdanovich, Jennifer Driver, Alicia Forry, Michelle Fuhrer, Christina Harding, Laura Kelly, Alexandra Klinger, Kelly Lewis, Christine Murdoch and Courtney Pace.
Bogart Backstage: On Tour for a Cure, a benefit for the Neil Bogart Memorial Fund, honored SoundScan's Mike Shalett. Held Nov. 19 at Santa Monica's Barker Hangar, the event raised more than $1.2 million for research on children's cancer, leukemia and AIDS.
The first Super Saturday Day L.A., a designer garage sale, sponsored by L'Oreal at Paramount Pictures Nov. 18, raised more than $600,000 for the Ovarian Cancer Research Foundation.
Computer wizard Ron L. Jones, an Exposition Park native, received the Innovation Award 2000 at the first 50 Most Important African Americans in Technology Awards held Nov. 18 at the California African-American Museum.
The fourth annual Black Tie and Blue Jeans Gala sponsored by Lucky Brand Dungarees, held Nov. 17 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel, raised $700,000 for children's charities supported by the Lucky Brand Foundation.
The CLARE Foundation, a private nonprofit alcohol and drug treatment center, raised more than $178,000 at its annual Friends of CLARE Tribute Diner. Actress Charlotte Rae was the guest of honor at the event at Santa Monica's Fairmont Miramar Hotel Nov. 16.
California Secretary of State Bill Jones was honored by the Dutch American Heritage Assn. at its annual gala Nov. 16 celebrating Dutch American Heritage Day at the California Club. The gala, which raised $50,000, inducted Jones and eight previous honorees into the newly established Dutch American Hall of Fame celebrating the contributions of Americans of Dutch ancestry to American society.
The Canyon Charter School--the 106-year-old schoolhouse in Santa Monica Canyon and the oldest school building still in use in the city of Los Angeles--celebrated its renovation at a ribbon-cutting ceremony with Gov. Gray Davis and Mayor Richard Riordan presiding Nov. 16.
The Gregory Peck Readings Gala sponsored by the Los Angeles Public Library Nov. 14 at the Regent Beverly Wilshire Hotel raised $300,000 for the library's literary endowment established in his name.
The 62nd annual First Century Families Luncheon held Nov. 13 at the Beverly Hills Hotel was filmed for the USC archives to aid in the preservation of the memories of the descendants of pioneers who came to Los Angeles before 1881.