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WPN Meeting – 12/5/11

WPN Meeting – 12/5/11

Speaking at our next event will be Donelle Dadigan. She is founder and president of two not-for-profit organizations. The José Iturbi Foundation, created together with Marion Seabury, Iturbi’s companion and secretary, in 1985, is dedicated to sharing the wonders of classical arts and music. The Hollywood Museum provides an in-depth opportunity to experience close up the evolving history of the entertainment industry.

Donelle is the god-daughter of Iturbi, the famed conductor, concert pianist and harpsichordist, and Marion Seabury, and began her piano studies with José’s sister Amparo when she was not yet five years old. She had the distinction of being Amparo’s youngest student ever and is the only pianist to have been taught by both Iturbis. Donelle has won many music awards and has performed internationally. She has a music degree from UCLA.

After her father passed away José Iturbi became an even more important part of Donelle’s life. She credits him with teaching her the important lessons in life, including the need to help shape the lives of others and giving back to the community.

The Hollywood Museum was a labor of love for Dadigan. She has dedicated it to the history and heritage of Hollywood and the entertainment industry by documenting, preserving and exhibiting the largest collection every assembled of costumes and personal effects of hundreds of stars including Marilyn Monroe, Russell Crowe, Elvis Presley, Lucille Ball and Johnny Depp. Even José Iturbi starred in many great motion pictures of the 1940s and he has a star on Hollywood Boulevard’s Walk of Fame.

Today Dadigan is the chairperson of the Hollywood Historic Trust, which controls the sidewalks where the Walk of Fame stars are located. She took over this duty from the late Johnny Grant, honorary mayor of Hollywood, who left her and the museum his vast collection of memorabilia.

Dadigan is also on the Board of Directors of the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce and chairperson of the Chamber’s Tourism Committee. She participates and serves on the boards of many service organizations, including Hollywood Entertainment District, the award-winning LACER (Literacy, Arts, Culture, Education, Recreation) after school programs, Hollywood Toys for Tots, Hollywood High School, PATH, the Hollywood Police Activities League, and the Hollywood Historic Trust.

She has received innumerable awards including the California Art Deco Society Preservation Award, the State of California Preservation Award, the Hollywood Chamber of Commerce’s Woman of Distinction Award, the Woman Entrepreneur Distinction Award from the Los Angeles Business Journal and the Charlie Chaplin Award. She has been recognized by the Travel and Tourism Marketing Association of Southern California, the State of California Travel Industry with the Best New Tourist Attraction, and by the American Federation of Television and Radio Artists (AFTRA) for Preservation of Entertainment Industry History.

She was named Beverly Hills Woman of the Year in 2005 and in 2010 received the Hollywood Police Activities League Community Leadership Award.

Donelle has received commendations and certificates from many of California’s civic leaders, including Governor Arnold Schwarzenegger, Lt. Governor Cruz Bustamante, Governor Gray Davis, Assembleywoman Jackie Goldberg, Congresswoman Diane Watson, Assemblyman Paul Koretz, the last three Los Angeles Mayors—Richard Riordan, James Hahn and Antonio Villariagosa; City Council President John Ferraro, City Council President Eric Garcetti, Councilmember Tom LaBonge, Hollywood’s Honorary Mayor Johnny Grant, State Senator Kevin DeLeon and Los Angeles County Supervisor Zev Yaroslavski

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Check out the list of registered attendees to see who’s coming!

2 Responses to “WPN Meeting – 12/5/11”

  1. Lynda Levy says:

    ENtertaining out of town guests and i’m a 50/50 maybe!!!!

  2. Lynda Levy says:

    My out of town guest and I are planning to attend. xo


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