Monday, August 25, 2008

A Benefit for Alzheimers Research and the Screen Actors Guild Foundation

This past Friday I attended a benefit for the Deane F. Johnson Alzheimer's Research Center and The Screen Actors Guild Foundation. The star-studded event was hosted by Integrated Wealth Management held at the Catalina Jazz Club, which has an excellent reputation for amazing live jazz performances and delicious food. A veritable "Who's Who" of Hollywood royalty attended, including some of our close friends. I spent some time with Regis and Joy Philbin, who were in good spirits and shared a few laughs before dinner and the show.

above: I chatted for awhile with actress Loni Anderson (of "WKRP in Cincinnati" fame) and discussed the evening's festivities.

above: "Dallas" stars Larry Hagman, with wife (left) and Linda Gray (right) who looks fabulous and is so pleasant.

above: "Knots Landing" star Michelle Lee (left) and "Young and Restless"/"Bold & Beautiful" star Adrienne Frantz (right)

above: Michelle Lee, Linda Gray and star of the "Mary Tyler Moore Show" and Rhoda", Vallerie Harper (left) and the legendary Tony Award & Golden Globe actress/singer Dihann Caroll (right)

above: Academy Awad nominated actress Anne Archer (left) and newcomer Mario Rivelli (right)

above: Academy Award winner Elliott Gould (left) and "Knots Landing" star Donna Mills (right)

above: Crooner Neil Sedaka (left) and Academy Award winner, star of "Poltergeist" and recently "Dexter", JoBeth Williams (right)
Then the Performance by Michael Finestein

above: Micheal Finestein performs and wows the audience. He performed standards by legendary lyricists Alan and Marilyn Bergman, who have won multiple Oscar, Grammy and Golden Globe awards for their collection of music. Alan Bergman performed a few songs with Michael and mesmerized the audience with his raw talent.


above: Me gushing with Michael Finestein after his remarkable performance.

above left: Jim Casey, president of Integrated Wealth Management and the underwriter for the event served as emcee for the evening. Above right: JoBeth Williams speaks about the SAG Foundation.

above left: Doris Roberts ("Everybody Loves Raymond") says hello, above right: Vallerie Harper and Kate Edelman-Johnson share a moment on stage. It was a fantastic evening and a lot of fun, all for a good cause.
-Rick Rockhill

14 comments:

Empress Bee (of the High Sea) said...

you say doris roberts??? i LOVE her!

i saw loni anderson once in palm beach, she has the smallest waist i ever saw!

smiles, bee
xoxoxoxoxoxoxo

Lois Grebowski said...

Oh I love and adore Michael Feinstein... one of my favorite performers!

Palm Springs Savant said...

Bee- yep, and she is really sweet too, very down to earth.

Anonymous said...

I just found your site and think it is so much fun. You sure meet a lot of famous people. Do you work in Hollywood?

Tod said...

I would love to meet Valerie Harper. As a kid I used to idolise her in Rhoda. I wished I could be a fabulous designer with a sexy apartment in New York too - and then I'd remember I was a man and I couldn't macrame.

WAT said...

Why ain't I cavorting around with these celebs? SHEESH! Your celebrity album is getting bigger man!

Seraphine said...

what a fun way to see some celebrities and support a good cause at the same time. the world needs more feel wonderful, positive evenings like this one.

kenju said...

WOW! All my favorites. You're a lucky guy.

CRUSTYBEEF said...

that looks like much fun!!

And I have to say, Joy P. always looks radiant and I would give anything to have her arms..
beautiful woman!

What a great nite I can imagine!

Elizabeth

CRUSTYBEEF said...

p.s RHODA!! ahhh, I used to watch Valerie Harper with my mom ;l)

sigh.

Stephen Rader said...

Looks like you were at THE event of the season! Congratulations!!!!

W.O.T.E. said...

First of all, I think Dori Roberts is on of your neighbors in PS, and second - Michael Feinstein is even cuter in person. Do they make a little Michael Feinstein doll? I would buy it it's own piano and put on a cd for a private concert!

OldOldLady Of The Hills said...

Looks like a lot of fun, Rick! I guess this was what brought you close to me...! I wish I could have seen you, my dear....Well, maybe next time you are in L.A.
I am familiar with The Catalina Bar & Grill....The last time I was there was quite a few years ago to see ther Great GREAT Carmen McRae, now gone, I'm sorry to say.

Marlupe said...

I'm just getting caught up on your blog, having been overseas for a few months. WOW, you sure have been busy, meeting a lot of interesting people.

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