While worries mount about support from the showbiz community — and all others as well — for the many charities filling the calendar with gala events at this time of year, there apparently was none of these concerns at the 34th annual Dinner of Champions.
The Century Plaza was jammed with 1,350 in attendance — causing a major delay in the arrivals for the start of the formal program. No problem, however, it made for more schmoozing and well, you-know-what outside the ballroom. As always co-chair — and everyone’s friend –Tom Sherak corrals everyone to perform gratis. And the Pointer Sisters went beyond the call of charity with a full joyful show which echoed the spirit of those on hand to suport the Southern California Chapter of the National Multiple Sclerosis Society.
Madeleine (Mrs. Tom) Sherak introduced daughter Melissa (Glasser) who brought the audience to a dramatic attention in telling her courageous 21-year battle with MS (and she is expecting her fourth child). Byron Allen again (18th time) warmly-humorously MC’d — and also told the experience of being on hand for the arrival of his first baby, Chloe, Aug. 22. Co-chair Joe Roth introduced Scott Sanders who made the presentation to honoree, Disney’s Oren Aviv . And David “Squiggy” Lander, who has MS, made the introduction to honoree Sarah Dupont. (David’s wife, Kathy Fields Lander chairs the Oct.14 info-party at the Catalina Jazz Club with Senator Sheila Kuehl to urge passage of the single payer Universal Health Care Bill).
At the close of the super-successful evening, Tom Sherak vowed he’d continue chairing the Dinner of Champions “until we find a cure.”