July 3, 1989 |
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 |
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.
October 24, 1988 |
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 |
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.
August 8, 1987 |
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.
November 25, 1986 |
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.