Bizzers get the ball rolling for charity
It’s checkbook season. As the fourth quarter progresses, bizzers’ minds turn to worthy causes and federal tax deductions.There are no shortage of events in the coming weeks that will help lighten the taxable-income load of those fortunate enough to be able to write a check with multiple zeroes. Sumner Redstone has been in the mood to give money away at a fast clip during the past few years. Last month he forked over $18 million to Boston U. to improve its law school. On Friday he and 20th Century Fox TV chair Dana Walden will be feted by the Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles at the org’s BevHilton fundraiser. Chelsea Handler gets the tribute treatment the night before at UCLA Department of Neurosurgery’s Visionary Ball at the BevWilshire. She’ll receive the Rodney Respect Award from Joan Dangerfield, widow of Rodney. On Saturday, the philanthropic parade heads east to the Wilshire Ebell Theater where Ray Romano salutes the legacy of his “Everybody Loves Raymond” castmate Peter Boyle by hosting the Intl. Myeloma Foundation’s sixth annual Comedy Celebration. The event, benefitting the Peter Boyle Research Fund, will serve up revue of comics (Jeff Garlin, Judy Gold, Gilbert Gottfried, Dom Irrera and Fred Willard) and a dash of rock ‘n’ roll from Joe Walsh. Fashionistas will gather the same night at Santa Monica Airport’s Hangar:8 for the Pink Party cocktail soiree hosted by Michelle Pfeiffer. The fashion show featuring top designers and (Valentino, Stella McCartney, Chloe, Barbara Bui) benefits Cedars-Sinai Women’s Cancer Program.