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SHARE’s “Let’s Dance” and Upcoming Kingdom of Concern

The SHARE Ladies: Gia Bay, Joy Jolise and September Sarno with Lena Jolton. CREDIT: Courtesy Michael Underwood

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One of my favorite charities, SHARE, held its 64th Annual Boomtown Gala at the Beverly Hilton and raised over $650,000. The theme this year was “Let’s Dance,” as the event honored dance philanthropist Glorya Kaufman with its Shining Spirit Award. And dance the ladies of SHARE did. They included Beverly Bergman, Samantha Faulkner and Esther Rosenfeld to name a few. Even the lovely president herself, Ellen Feder, danced her feet off to help raise funds for developmentally disabled, abused and neglected children.

Our hard working pal, September Sarno, who is one of the largest fundraisers for SHARE, was named First Vice President in charge of Boomtown 2018. If this event is as successful as the Bachelor’s Auction she created, it should be a blast.

Chairman of the Board of SHARE, Joan Kardashian, President Ellen Feder and Member of the Year, Anita Mann Kohl. CREDIT: Courtesy Michael Underwood

The SRO crowd of Cowgirls and their mates enjoyed a mélange of musical numbers, included “Dancin Thru the Decades” – featuring a medley of tunes from the past six decades. We particularly loved “I Got You Babe,” featuring statuesque Gina Bay as Cher, and petite Wendy Hammers as Sonny.

Cooley Jaxson was featured in “Beat It” as Michael Jackson, and he was outstanding. Kudos to choreographer Anita Mann Kohl, who was selected as Member of the Year. She got those ladies dancing for joy!

To top it all off, we were delighted to see the 5th Dimension featuring Florence LaRue, who performed a medley of their revered hits. Truly an evening to remember!

Planet Hope Founders Kelly Stone and her husband Bruce Singer will be honored at the “Concern” party. CREDIT: Courtesy Ed Solorzano

Speaking of memorable events, you are invited to attend Concern Foundation’s 43rd Annual block party on Sat. July 8 at the Paramount Studios back lot. The theme is “Kingdom of Concern” – An Evening of Feasting, Revelry and Dance. The food and entertainment is expected to attract 4,000 guests, and funds raised will go to cancer research. Honorees will include Kelly Stone and her husband Bruce Singer, who founded Planet Hope, with Kelly’s sister, Sharon Stone. For 16 years, Planet Hope has provided programs including a summer camp, food and warmth, resources and medical and dental care for underprivileged children. Eden Alpert, who has been an active participant in Concern and represents a new generation of humanitarians dedicated to helping others in need, will also be honored at the event.

For further info about the 2017 Block Party (that offers the best eats in town) visit www.concernfoundation.org/block-party.   Hope to see you there!

 

 

 

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