Almost 1,000 guests enjoyed cocktails, dinner and the comedy of Wayne Brady while they ogled high-profile attendees: including first lady of California Maria Shriver, Hugh Jackman, Cuba Gooding Jr., director Baz Luhrmann, Jami Gertz, Robert Wuhl and Peter Farrelly.
Dinner chairs included Joyce and Avi Arad; Jeff Berg; Megan and Peter Chernin; Jordan and John Davis; Ann and Jim Gianopulos; Jill and Brad Grey; Bryan Lourd; Brittany and Richard Lovett; Kelly and Ron Meyer; Dr. Madeleine and Tom Sherak; Stacey Snider and Gary Jones; Dr. Jennifer Patterson and Howard Stringer; and Elizabeth and Jim Wiatt.
Brady opened the evening on a light-hearted note and then introduced Fulfillment Fund Founder Dr. Gary Gitnick who spoke about the need to nourish the spirit and minds of the youth and the importance of education in today's society. Brady then introduced Chantel Parnell, a Fulfillment Fund student from Crenshaw High School who hopes to one day become a teacher and mentor.
The Lively Auctioneers -- board member and Revolution Studios principal Tom Sherak and actor/producer Sinbad -- entertained the audience with their spirited auction of one-of-a-kind packages and scholarship pledges from the generous guests.
A real highlight of the event was Grammy and Country Music Award-winner Tim McGraw performing two songs, including "My Little Girl" from the recently released film, "Flicka."
Award-winning actor Ben Stiller presented the Fulfillment Fund's STARS 2006 award to Rothman.
Levin on Board I
Kathleen B. Levin, Los Angeles civic leader, was elected to the board of directors of the Hadassah Foundation. The appointment was announced by June Walker, national president of Hadassah, the Women's Zionist Organization of America, and Rabbi Jacqueline Koch Ellenson, chair of the Hadassah Foundation board.
The foundation, established with a $10 million permanent endowment fund, is dedicated to making social change for women and girls to focusing on economic security for low-income women in Israel.
Levin has held numerous leadership positions with a wide variety of organizations in the Jewish and general community, as well as several positions at The Jewish Federation of Greater Los Angeles.
At The Federation, Levin served as a member of the board of directors, chair of the government relations committee and on the steering committee of the Jewish Community Relations Committee, and participated in the United Jewish Communities Washington Leadership Summit. She was also president and chair of the board of directors of the Southwest Region of the American Jewish Congress.
Levin led a trip to Israel for government officials, and was a member of the Jewish Public Affairs Committee board of directors.
Levin served as chair of the Los Angeles Regional Planning Council and has extensive experience in public affairs representation. She has also been a consultant to the Planned Parenthood Southern California Advocacy Project and worked as a legislative assistant to Rep. Anthony C. Beilenson.
Levin on Board II
Charles (Chuck) Levin, right, newly elected president of the Southern California Chapter of the American Technion Society's board of directors for 2006-2008 accepted the gavel from Rob Davidow, member of the President's Advisory Council and National Board Treasurer. More than 60 guests gathered at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel recently for the installation of new board members and to listen to Technion professor Daniel Rittel, who discussed his research concerning the physics of failure and how it relates to defense systems. Art of the Matter
Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles President and CEO John Kobara, along with gallery owner Joni Moisant Weyl of Gemini G.E.L, welcomed guests in celebration of Toba Khedoori's print, "Untitled" (2005). Khedoori and Gemini are donated 100 percent of the sales of this limited edition etching to help the nonprofit as it assists at-risk children reach their potential by matching them with an adult mentor. For more information, or to purchase a print, visit www.bbbslaie.org.