* Florence Henderson emceed the third annual Angels of the Food Industries Circle "Silver Screen" fashion show Aug. 19, which raised more than $115,000 for cancer research and treatment. Proceeds of the fashion show, held at the Disneyland Hotel in Anaheim, benefited the City of Hope National Medical Center and Beckman Research Institute in Los Angeles. More than 550 food industry leaders and guests attended the luncheon and show, which featured the designs of Lourdes Chavez for Travilla in a production that included vintage Hollywood costumes and a dance finale performed by students of the Dancemaker School of Glendora. Designer Travilla is well-known in Hollywood for his costume designs for film and television productions, including the TV version of "Evita" starring Faye Dunaway. His designs have been worn by Judy Garland, Marilyn Monroe, Lauren Bacall and Joan Crawford, among others. Pam Dahlen, Sharon Spezzano and Candis Field chaired the event, sponsored by Chiquita Banana North America. The Angels of the Food Industries Circle was formed in 1996 by a group of women within the Southern California Food Industries Circle and has raised nearly $300,000 since.
* Monty Hall emceed a Friends of the UCLA Center for East-West Medicine fund-raiser Aug. 29 at the Universal Hilton Hotel. About $60,000 was raised at the event, attended by about 800 people, at which physicians discussed "Insights on Successful Aging." Philanthropist Gerald H. Oppenheimer received an award for his assistance to the center's programs. Dr. Ka Kit Hui, director of East-West Medicine at the UCLA School of Medicine, spoke on the integration of Oriental medical practices and the use of herbs with Western medicine. Restaurateur Madame Sylvia Wu chaired the evening.
* The Serra Project, Southern California's largest provider of housing for people with HIV / AIDS, received a $60,500 grant from the Ralph M. Parsons Foundation on Sept. 1. The grant will be used toward the operation of the Serra Project's new CHOISS (Community Housing Options at Independent Supported Sites) program. Under the CHOISS program, homeless people with HIV and AIDS who are well enough to live outside a group setting have access to housing that keeps them with their families. Ultimately, the program will make 56 apartments in Los Angeles County available to 175 people.
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