A Brazilian Theme, of sorts
"Flying Down to Rio!" was the theme of this year's gala, which featured some fantastic entertainment. The evening started out with a cocktail reception and silent auction, which is always a lot of fun.
above: In the ballroom, a live band played latin sounds with a retro '50's feel.
above: Broadway singer/performer Sam Harris performed a montage of songs with a Brazilian/Samba flair.
The evening saw celebrities such as Actresses Betty White, Judith Light, America Fererra, and International singer/performer Charo and Broadway singers Patricia Morrison and Sam Harris.
above left: America Fererra (TV's "Ugly Betty") and above right: Betty White speaks to the audience. Betty White was hilarious.
above left: Sam Harris sang "Bridge Over Troubled Water" and really belted it out. Above right: Actress Judith Light and America Fererra pose for photographers after Judith accepts her Humanitarian Award.
above: The headline entertainment was Charo, who was incredible. She was so vivacious and fun; her lively singing brought the place to life.
above left: Charo was absolutely hilarious, full of quips and jokes about herself. Above right: Charo wows the audience with her incredible flamenco guitar music. She can play like nobody else. (I actually have a Charo CD and have always liked her)
above: Charo brought a company of Samba dancers with colorful costumes.
above: Charo was really really funny. She told one joke about this tight fitting costume she was wearing and how she could barely breath. She quipped: "I came to America to make money to eat. now that I make money I cannot eat" (reference to having to diet constantly to fit into her costumes). She fires-off jokes and one-liners so fast that I was barely able to stop laughing.
The Silent Auction
Shopping for charity is fun. Guests meander around bidding on art, gift baskets, cars, vacation packages, furniture, jewelry and all kinds of things.
above: Various paintings and works of art were part of the silent auction. I was out-bid on everything unfortunately, and came home empty handed.