She did it again. Lil Spitzer, executive director of the Beckstrand
Spitzer joined forces with community philanthropist Renetta Caya, returning once again as gala chairwoman for the 2012 Beckstrand Cancer Foundation's ninth annual Diamond and Pearl Ball. Here is the most impressive news of all: Donations are expected to pass the $1-million mark in net proceeds.
The spectacular event was created around a theme billed as An Evening in Russia at
The star-studded event was once again hosted by the beautiful-inside-and-out actress Eva La Rue, co-star of the television series "
She joined her husband, fishing fleet mogul Joe Cappuccio, welcoming fellow Hollywood glitterati including the "Love Boat's" Dick Van Patten and his wife, Pat, and their actor son Nels Van Patten. From the mega-popular television series
From the daytime
The Hangar's transformation was nothing short of incredible. The space was draped in dramatic Russian red accented with towering iconic buildings, genuine ice curtains and even Fabergé egg recreations as centerpieces on the dining tables. Russian attired vodka girls descended from the rafters pouring Russian Standard Vodka for the nearly 500 guests. That was a sight to behold. There was even a dead ringer in the crowd for
Since 1974 the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation has provided patients with financial support, enabling them to remain focused on treatment and recovery. Its purpose is to provide direct financial assistance for critical survival needs including rent or mortgage payments, utilities, food, transportation and medical needs not covered by insurance.
Rallying for the cause were Beth Bidna, Adrienne and R.J. Brandes, Joni and Hal Brice, Tami and Michael Kahn, Cathie and Mike Lawler, designer Oday Shakar with Asia Shakar and Gheith Shakar, Alexandra Spitzer, Joan and Wally Gayner, and Anne and Brian Vallone.
To learn more about the work of Beckstrand, visit http://www.beckstrand.org.