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July 3, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo, Patti LaBelle and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are among many celebrities featured on a recording of a new song called "Forgotten Eyes." The record is the new campaign anthem of Retinitis Pigmentosa International. It will be released in September on the Motown label, and proceeds from the record will fund research into the causes of retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease.
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October 5, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Helen Harris took up the paintbrush within weeks of learning that she would spend the rest of her life walking with a white cane. It was an act of rebellion, the Woodland Hills resident said, against a disease that had tunneled her visual field down to two tiny dots, and within 20 years would obscure her eyesight completely. "I decided I was going to do something so visual that the white cane would become meaningless," said Harris, who finally stopped painting several years ago.
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October 24, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN and PATTI VYZRALEK, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Singer Smokey Robinson, who is featured in a new music video of the song "Forgotten Eyes," will be honored at a musical tribute scheduled for Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton. The tribute is to be sponsored by the Retinitis Pigmentosa International, an organization that works to fund research of a hereditary retinal disease that causes progressive loss of vision. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy will co-chair the event with Dick Clark, while Ed McMahon will serve as master of ceremonies.
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March 19, 1992 | SUE REILLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Blind Ambition In 1973, actor Charlton Heston received a letter from a Woodland Hills woman saying she wanted his help to start an organization to fight retinitis pigmentosa. "I wrote that most people didn't even know how to pronounce the name much less anything about this genetic disease that causes degeneration of vision and finally blindness," the woman, Helen Harris, now recalls.
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January 26, 1986
While celebrities offered telethon plugs Saturday night for eye disease research, citizens in Woodland Hills were offered telephone plugs. Retinitis Pigmentosa International asked volunteers to bring their own telephones to the six-hour fund-raising telethon. Twenty-five lines were installed at the charity's Woodland Hills headquarters rather than at the television studio, as is customary for telethons. That saved about $12,000, said Roz Glick, the charity's office manager.
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August 8, 1987 | PAUL GREIN
The stars on the dais Thursday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion represented an odd mixture of Old and New Hollywood. Zsa Zsa Gabor was there, and sitting right next to her, Whoopi Goldberg. Charlton Heston and Ricardo Montalban were seated nearby, and so was Tina Yothers, the young co-star of "Family Ties." The occasion: a benefit concert by Stevie Wonder to raise money to fight retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that afflicts an estimated 400,000 Americans.
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December 9, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A 28-year-old Woodland Hills man accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a charitable foundation pleaded guilty Thursday to grand theft and agreed to pay back the money within a year. Daniel J. Sonners, former marketing director for Retinitis Pigmentosa International, also pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with another foundation employee.
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July 28, 1988 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The money was supposed to go for eye-disease research. But the $50,553 in donations to Retinitis Pigmentosa International may have gone instead into the pockets of a trusted fund-raiser--a loss that may force the 15-year-old Woodland Hills-based charity to close, its founder said Wednesday. Los Angeles police said they want to question Daniel J. Sonners, the charity's former chief fund-raiser, who disappeared Monday after allegedly embezzling the money.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
October 5, 1993 | KURT PITZER
Helen Harris took up the paintbrush within weeks of learning that she would spend the rest of her life walking with a white cane. It was an act of rebellion, the Woodland Hills resident said, against a disease that had tunneled her visual field down to two tiny dots, and within 20 years would obscure her eyesight completely. "I decided I was going to do something so visual that the white cane would become meaningless," said Harris, who finally stopped painting several years ago.
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March 19, 1992 | SUE REILLY, SPECIAL TO THE TIMES
Blind Ambition In 1973, actor Charlton Heston received a letter from a Woodland Hills woman saying she wanted his help to start an organization to fight retinitis pigmentosa. "I wrote that most people didn't even know how to pronounce the name much less anything about this genetic disease that causes degeneration of vision and finally blindness," the woman, Helen Harris, now recalls.
ENTERTAINMENT
July 3, 1989 | ALEENE MacMINN, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Bob Hope, Sammy Davis Jr., Dionne Warwick, Mel Torme, Jack Jones, Marilyn McCoo, Patti LaBelle and Kareem Abdul-Jabbar are among many celebrities featured on a recording of a new song called "Forgotten Eyes." The record is the new campaign anthem of Retinitis Pigmentosa International. It will be released in September on the Motown label, and proceeds from the record will fund research into the causes of retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
December 9, 1988 | PATRICIA KLEIN LERNER, Times Staff Writer
A 28-year-old Woodland Hills man accused of stealing more than $50,000 from a charitable foundation pleaded guilty Thursday to grand theft and agreed to pay back the money within a year. Daniel J. Sonners, former marketing director for Retinitis Pigmentosa International, also pleaded guilty to one count of misdemeanor battery stemming from a fight with another foundation employee.
ENTERTAINMENT
October 24, 1988 | STEVE WEINSTEIN and PATTI VYZRALEK, Arts and entertainment reports from The Times, national and international news services and the nation's press
Singer Smokey Robinson, who is featured in a new music video of the song "Forgotten Eyes," will be honored at a musical tribute scheduled for Nov. 30 at the Beverly Hilton. The tribute is to be sponsored by the Retinitis Pigmentosa International, an organization that works to fund research of a hereditary retinal disease that causes progressive loss of vision. Motown Records founder Berry Gordy will co-chair the event with Dick Clark, while Ed McMahon will serve as master of ceremonies.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
July 28, 1988 | BOB POOL, Times Staff Writer
The money was supposed to go for eye-disease research. But the $50,553 in donations to Retinitis Pigmentosa International may have gone instead into the pockets of a trusted fund-raiser--a loss that may force the 15-year-old Woodland Hills-based charity to close, its founder said Wednesday. Los Angeles police said they want to question Daniel J. Sonners, the charity's former chief fund-raiser, who disappeared Monday after allegedly embezzling the money.
ENTERTAINMENT
August 8, 1987 | PAUL GREIN
The stars on the dais Thursday night at the Dorothy Chandler Pavilion represented an odd mixture of Old and New Hollywood. Zsa Zsa Gabor was there, and sitting right next to her, Whoopi Goldberg. Charlton Heston and Ricardo Montalban were seated nearby, and so was Tina Yothers, the young co-star of "Family Ties." The occasion: a benefit concert by Stevie Wonder to raise money to fight retinitis pigmentosa, a degenerative eye disease that afflicts an estimated 400,000 Americans.
NEWS
November 25, 1986 | LINK MATHEWSON
For the past nine years, Mary Casper, Orange County director of Retinitis Pigmentosa International, has kept the organization's office fires burning in her Fullerton home. On Friday night the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Princess Alicante Hotel in Garden Grove. Featured on the $100-per-plate agenda was a "roast" of Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda.
NEWS
November 25, 1986 | LINK MATHEWSON
For the past nine years, Mary Casper, Orange County director of Retinitis Pigmentosa International, has kept the organization's office fires burning in her Fullerton home. On Friday night the organization celebrated its 10th anniversary at the Princess Alicante Hotel in Garden Grove. Featured on the $100-per-plate agenda was a "roast" of Los Angeles Dodgers Manager Tommy Lasorda.
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February 6, 1995
A special benefit performance of Disney's stage adaptation of "Beauty and the Beast" will be held at the Shubert Theatre in Century City on March 22. Proceeds will go to RP (Retinitis Pigmentosa) International. Information: (818) 773-2444.
CALIFORNIA | LOCAL
January 26, 1986
While celebrities offered telethon plugs Saturday night for eye disease research, citizens in Woodland Hills were offered telephone plugs. Retinitis Pigmentosa International asked volunteers to bring their own telephones to the six-hour fund-raising telethon. Twenty-five lines were installed at the charity's Woodland Hills headquarters rather than at the television studio, as is customary for telethons. That saved about $12,000, said Roz Glick, the charity's office manager.
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