October 18, 2007
Portman and Lynton and the departure dance of the Danochs
(Page 2 - Previous Page)Also honored Visionary Awards were Michael Phelps , chair of the UCLA Department of Molecular and Medical Pharmacology, and Peter Morton, founder of the hard-hitting Hard Rock Cafe and Hotel empire. Phelps was recognized for his revolutionary invention of a molecular imaging technique that aids in the early detection of cancer and Morton for his consistent civic and environmental philanthropy.
Circuit made mention a few weeks ago of the ball's host Edie Baskin Bronson, the Saturday Night Live photographer whose own battle with neurological trauma inspired her to act.
Smiles 'Round the World
Operation Smile held another star-studded fundraiser, raking in $2.5 million for November's World Journey of Smiles, which aims to conduct 40 medical missions simultaneously in 25 countries to help 5,000 children. Wallis Annenberg and Sy Goldberg were lauded for their humanitarian efforts alongside the pretty Molly Sims, Clippers player Corey Maggette as well as Angeles Lladro, from the famed Spanish house of porcelain. Bakersfield's Paige Atkinson, 9, astonished attendees by raising $17,000 independently. Her feat was so impressive, singer Jessica Simpson rewarded her with a congratulatory hug.
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