The Oscars were there, so were the People’s Choice and once again the Santa Monica Civic was the site for the SHARE Boomtown party.
On June 2, the ladies of SHARE presented their 54th annual fundraiser. They started in 1953 with a bash at Ciro’s on the Sunset Strip. The members were wives of the town’s top male stars. The membership grew to include those other hard-working women in the community and by 2006 they had raised 43 million-$ for the various children’s charities. At this year’s event another million-$ was raised. It was helped by the generous contribution of Joni Berry who picked up the tab for the dinner for the entire evening. P.S. She also was the show’s VP and in charge of the show’s costumes.
Jack Jones graciously performed a major portion of his regular nitery show to a standing ovation. Rosalind Kind and Matthew Dickens also joined the bill with comedian Jeff Ross. Gary Smith again (for the 23rd year) produced the terrific show and Charlene Painter directed.
The musical director was Nelson Kole with Gary Tole’s orchestra. But the star of the evening, as usual, was the line of the ladies, yes, the non-pros. They danced and strutted in, Radio City Rockette-like precision to the New Orleans’ Jazz beat. They were joined by a terrif line of eight male dancers as well.
Marilyn Katleman, SHARE president, made the presentation to this year’s Member of the Year, Debra Cirilov Couch. And this year’s Shining Spirit award was presented by David Schwimmer to Gail Abarbanel, founder-director of the Rape Treatment Center.
There wasn’t a dry eye in the house when Abarbanel described some of the cases. Many of the SHARE ladies have been instrumental in support of the Rape Treatment Center. It rounded out a night of realizing how many people in this community care. SHARE does.