Dave Henderson of La Mirada was named Lucky Stores' Father of the Year and honored at a gala dinner at the Beverly Hills Hotel on June 12. The dinner, sponsored by the Father's Day Council of Los Angeles, also honored the council's Fathers of the Year, Steve Allen, former state Treasurer Matt Fong, Dr. Sherman Holvey, an L.A. endocrinologist, Steven Soboroff, senior advisor to Mayor Richard Riordan, and James Millor, a member of the General Dynamics board of directors. Henderson was nominated for the Lucky contest by his 13-year-old daughter, Alex, and was among 700 entries in Lucky's Father of the Year promotion held in the Los Angeles area. "He devotes all his time to us and my mom, and happiness is having him come home at night," Alex said of her dad. Henderson has two sons as well, David II, 8, and Scott, 21. The contest benefited Childrens Hospital of Los Angeles' efforts to find a cure for children's diabetes. About $6,000 was raised through contest entries and a donation from Lucky. More than 1,500 attended the gala, which was emceed by actor Jay Thomas.
* Jay Leno hosted the Petersen Automotive Museum's fifth anniversary celebration and opening of its six-month "Surf's Up! The Great American Woody" exhibit June 17 at the Los Angeles museum. (The Woody is a wood-paneled car, made mainly in the 1940s and popular with surfers in the '50s and '60s.) Among the 1,400 people attending the Cars & Stars gala were more than 100 celebrities, including Jan & Dean, Connie Stevens, Loni Anderson, Charlton Heston and Tim Allen. The evening included silent and live auctions hosted by Leno, and reminders of the '50s and '60s beach era, complete with surfboards and tunes from the Beach Boys and Jan & Dean. About $250,000 was raised for the museums's exhibits and educational programs.
* The screen images of Ingrid Bergman and Humphrey Bogart were the stars of the fourth annual Camp Pacific Heartland benefit June 12 at Paramount Pictures in Hollywood. A screening of "Casablanca" was the main attraction for the 500 guests attending the event. About $62,000 was raised for the Malibu camp for children who are affected by HIV-AIDS, either infected themselves or whose family members are or were. A silent auction was held, and guests learned to swing dance to the big band music of Hollywood Nights after the film and a Moroccan buffet. Steve Edwards of KTTV's "Good Day L.A." hosted the evening.
* San Fernando Valley Interfaith Council's fifth annual Interfaith Choir Concert, held June 16 at St. Mel's Catholic Church in Woodland Hills, raised $1,160. About 125 people attended the concert, which featured St. Mel's Church Choir, directed by David Koehring; the Jeffrey Barnes Gospel Choir of Bahais of Los Angeles, with director Craig Koeler; the Onionaires of Sepulveda Unitarian Universalist Society, with director Robert Grebner; and the Alchemy Handbell Ensemble of Prince of Peace Episcopal Church, with director Boude Moore. The Valley Interfaith Council's programs serve the homeless, the hungry, senior citizens, the frail elderly, the disabled homebound and abused and neglected children.
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