Hollywood turns out for 'Winter Wonderful' children's benefit

Hollywood turns out for 'Winter Wonderful' children's benefit
Actress Virginia Madsen is a regular at the annual Children's Action Network "Winter Wonderlful" fundraiser. (Ellen Olivier / For The Times)

The event: "Winter Wonderful," the annual sale of one-of-a-kind holiday wreaths created by artists, designers and other notables to benefit Children's Action Network, which works to aid children awaiting adoption or growing up in foster homes.

The scene: Traditional, whimsical and ultra-contemporary wreaths sat on easels throughout Jeanne and Anthony Pritzker's home in Beverly Hills, which offered a sweeping view of Los Angeles, just starting to light up for Christmas. While youngsters created their own wreaths at arts and crafts tables in an open-to-the-sky interior space, the grownups placed their bids on wreaths decorated with toys, seashells, beads, birds, candies, coat hangers, a Chanel logo and other surprises, in addition to classic materials of holly, pine, ribbons and flowers.

The crowd: Virginia Madsen, Nia Vardalos, Lilakoi Moon, Shiva Rose, Lu Parker, Nancy Moonves, Carol Biondi, Cristan Reilly, Lucy Dahl, Shannon Rotenberg, Sydney Holland, Shelley Reid, Marion Laurie, Barbara Bollenbach, Joan Ransohoff and Holly Brooks were among those taking in the holiday ambiance at the event on Dec. 3.

Quotes of note: Standing beside her silvery wreath embellished with a white dove, Madsen (of "Sideways" and "Witches of East End") said she's a regular at this annual fundraiser, noting that CAN also solicits gifts for children in foster care. "Some of these kids feel invisible, moving from house to house," she said. "We want them to know they're not forgotten at Christmas."

The numbers: Proceeds haven't yet been tabulated, but 300 tickets sold for $150 to $1,000 each.


Ellen Olivier is founder of Society News LA.