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LA's BEST 16th Annual Family Brunch

Please join LA’s BEST for this signature annual fundraiser honoring The Nederlander Corporation and the Pantages Organization with the Community Partner Award, Morris Vanegas with the Distinguished Alumnus Award presented by Shayla Rivera and Actor Elizabeth Banks with the Children’s Champion Award presented by Eva Longoria.

The event will also feature performances by LA’s BEST students and celebrate 20 student winners of the citywide writing and art contest, “How LA’s BEST Has Changed My Life” and their families.

To purchase tickets and for more information please visit or contact

$250 per seat.

Sunday, June 05, 2011
11:00 a.m. – 1:00 p.m.

Millennium Biltmore Hotel
506 S. Grand Avenue
Los Angeles, CA 90071

Valet parking is available for $20 with validation. Self parking is available at Pershing Square for $6.60.

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Magic and the Brain…the Art and Science of Illusion

Come join The Friends on April 28, 2011 when we present “Magic and the Brain…the Art and Science of Illusion” on an opening night of the highly anticipated exhibit on Houdini at the Skirball Cultural Center. Come sip a Magic Mojito or Houdini Martini, take a docent tour and watch world-renowned magicians and neuroscientists demonstrate the techniques of attention and awareness that masters of illusions instinctively use to trick our brains. All proceeds from this very special evening will benefit The Friends Fellowship program that awards grants to brilliant young scientists doing state-of-the art research to develop new treatments for illnesses of the mind and brain.

To request an invitation to this fundraiser event, email Vicky Goodman at:

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A Love Song to Gilda Radner

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WPN Makes Donation to ALS Association

In honor of Dale Levine, the son of WPN’s Founder & Co-Chair Adrian Grant, WPN donated $3,150 to ALS Association for fighting Lou Gehrig’s Disease.

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Jewish Women's Theater Benefit

Women’s Professional Network member Kate Zentall is thrilled to be performing in these two special fundraising performances of an outstanding new play at the Museum of Tolerance on January 22 and 23.

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REVLON Run/Walk For Women 2011

May 7, 2011

Please join us on May 7th in LA for the 18th Annual Entertainment Industry Foundation Revlon Run/Walk For Women. Mark your calendars.


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CINDERELLA – LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program

Opening night performance of CINDERELLA, a Modern Musical Extravaganza, ticket sales will benefit LA’s BEST After School Enrichment Program. CINDERELLA features a star-studded cast, including Harry Potter’s Freddie Stroma as Prince Charming and Leave it to Beaver’s Jerry Mathers as Baron Hardup. Read more about this red-carpet, VIP experience, which promises to be unique among 2010 holiday productions in Los Angeles for your family to enjoy and experience. Purchase tickets at

Please join us for this VIP opening night performance of CINDERELLA, performed in the style of traditional London pantomime and benefiting LA’s BEST.

A panto is a musical-comedy production derived from an English theatre tradition, typically based on children’s fairytales. Scripts are rewritten every year and include music sourced from current Billboard charts, live magic, tongue in cheek humor and family fun.

The show is produced by Bonnie Lythgoe of So You Think You Can Dance Australia and Lythgoe Family Productions and stars Harry Potter’s Freddie Stroma as Prince Charming and Jerry Mathers, also know as The Beaver, as Baron Hardup.

This red-carpet, VIP experience promises to be unique among 2010 holiday productions in Los Angeles. Please join us by ordering tickets to the show and by telling friends and family about the evening!

Click here for more information and to see additional members of the star-studded CINDERELLA cast.

Tickets: $100 per seat.

Each ticket includes the performance and reception following the show including a meet-and-greet with cast members and a fantasy holiday dessert buffet. Seats will be assigned on a first come, first served basis; tickets will be available for pick up at will call the night of the show.

November 27, 2010 7:00 PM

El Portal Theatre
5269 Lankershim Boulevard
North Hollywood, CA

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Atelier Concert – 10/3/10

Art & Music Support Network presents

Tamir Hendelman: Solo Piano

Sunday October 3, 1-4 PM

We have the singular pleasure and honor of presenting, again, a man we love as a person and as an artist: Tamir Hendelman.

He’s worked recently with Barbra Streisand, Natalie Cole, Diana Krall, Jeff Hamilton, Graham Dechter, and Patrick Williams.

Tamir’s latest, just-released CD, Destinations has rocketed up the jazz charts and is officially the #1 jazz record in the country this week. His debut album, Playground, did the same thing, stopping at #3, about a year ago.

Seeing him solo is like sitting at the feet of great pianists from the past 100 years and getting a little treasure from each of them. He is a tremendous channel for the power of music.

Seating is limited, please act quickly when you get these invitations; tickets will sell out.

As always, a piece of sculpture from Tanya Ragir Studios will be raffled to benefit Upward Bound House: this time there will be nine lucky winners!

Remember, even if you are unable to attend the concert, you may still purchase raffle tickets to support Upward Bound House.

Please come join us for wonderful food, adult beverages, companionship, and incomparable music.

Please go to to find out more and reserve your ticket.

We look forward to seeing you here.

Brick Work
Limited Edition 2009
9 Cast Resin pieces
2 1/2 in x 3 in

When: Sunday, October 3 2010 1:00pm
Where: The Atelier—Mar Vista, CA (all details and particulars will be sent to you when you buy your ticket)
Tickets: $50
Raffle Tickets: $25
All contributions are fully tax deductible

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Eliminating homelessness among families with children in Los Angeles by providing housing, supportive services, and advocacy.

Family Place
* 21 units of transitional housing, serving 45 families a year.
* Mandatory case management, savings, education, and counseling.
* 95% success rate of families achieving permanent housing.

Family Shelter
*18 units of emergency housing, serving 72 families a year.
* Intensive case management, stabilization services.
* The only emergency shelter that keeps families intact.

Family Homelessness
* 10,100 children are homeless on any given night in Los Angeles.
* 7,998 of these children are living in places “unfit for human habitation.”
* Families with children are the fastest growing segment of homeless.
* 1,000+ individuals have been helped by Family Place.
* 600+ children have graduated from UBH into their own homes.
* 95% success rate of UBH helping families achieve and retain housing!

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Friends of Wellness Annual Luncheon

The Friends of Wellness is a group of individuals dedicated to using their leadership, planning, and community networking skills, in an environment of friendship, to promote the fundraising activities of and to enhance community awareness about the free programs and services provided by TWC-WLA for people affected by cancer.

We would like to invite you to our Annual Luncheon on Wednesday, October 13, 2010 from 10:30 AM – 1:30 PM at the Skirball Cultural Center.

For more information, please take a look at the brochure and registration.

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Lee National Denim Day

October 8, 2010

Since its inception in 1996, Lee National Denim Day has adhered to a simple philosophy: one day, one cause, one cure®. In 14 years, that philosophy has become a mantra for millions and has made an impact Lee Jeans never dreamed possible.

It all started when several Lee Jeans employees realized that each of them, in one form or another, had been touched by breast cancer. An everyday conversation sparked an idea and led to the creation of Lee National Denim Day, which has become one of the largest single-day fundraisers nationwide for breast cancer.

In its first year, Lee Jeans set a goal of raising $1 million on Lee National Denim Day. To do this, Lee Jeans invited companies to go casual for a cause, inviting employees to wear their jeans to work on Denim Day in exchange for a $5 contribution to the fight against breast cancer. The underlying concept behind the program was simple – by convincing enough people to take one small step, together they could reach an incredible goal.

The response to the inaugural Lee National Denim Day program was astounding. That year, more than 3,000 companies signed up to participate, raising $1.4 million dollars for the fight against breast cancer, setting the stage for what would become one of the most captivating social action campaigns in the country.

Since its first year, Lee National Denim Day has raised nearly $80 million for the fight against breast cancer and unites nearly one million supporters nationwide each year.

Click here to sign up!

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Mission Statement

The Women’s Professional Network (WPN) was formed by Adrian Grant, an established Los Angeles Realtor and philanthropist, to build a network and community of successful and like-minded dynamic women. Together with her co-chairs, WPN has grown from a small gathering to a vibrant dedicated group of women from professions including medical, mental health, art, finance, and law.

The mission for WPN is to foster, enlighten, and educate women who want to expand their professional services as well as charitable services by offering their time and financial assistance to the larger community. One of the goals of WPN is to expand the support and growth of women through chapters around the country and world because we believe in being mindful of our role(s) in society and the many contributions we make. Madeleine Albright said it best - "There is a special place in hell for women who don't help other women."

WPN meets on the first Monday of each month at a private home providing dinner and a topical presentation. Feel free to browse our website for WPN meeting information and calendar of exciting events.