We had a terrific time at the 5th Roger Neal Maryanne Lai Oscar Viewing Dinner and Gifting Suite held at the beautiful Hollywood Museum in the historic former Max Factor Building steps away from the Dolby Theatre where the Oscars were being held. The beautiful venue is owned by my pal Donnelle Dadigan and is a great place for A list events.
Elegance and Beauty.... The Hollywood Museum's Donelle Dadigan holding her Woman In Philanthropy Award which was presented to her by event co-chair Lynn Neal (left) and last year's recipient Kira Reed Lorsch (right) Photo by Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown
"Hollywood came out to celebrate at this premier Oscar night event," says Kassandra Carroll.
The classy and glamorous evening presented by WE LIFE was fun and perfect as we watched the awards telecast and dined on delicious savory cuisine catered by favorite Hoy's Wok on Sunset. Guests enjoyed fine wine from sponsor Emerald Hare Wines and gourmet coffee from Black. The evening was also sponsored by SINO TV NETWORK and benefitted the Jose Iturby Foundation.
Glamour, Beauty and Talent on The Red Carpet.... Icon Award Winner Terry Moore is joined by fellow actresses Marlene Casamento (left), Kassandra Carroll and Brenda Dickson (far right) Photo by Harrison Held's SceneAroundTown.
Roger and Lynn Neal and Maryanne Lai go to great lengths to plan a wonderful evening which included the coveted Icon Awards - this year's honorees were TV Broadcaster Nancy O'Dell presented by Roger Neal, record producer Joel Diamond presented by Wink Martindale, singer Andy Madadian presented by Anita and Bonnie Pointer, actress Terry Moore presented by Gloria Allred, actor Obba Babatunde presented by Kiki Shepard and actress Lee Meriwether by Burt Ward.
The Woman in Philanthropy award was preented to Donelle Dadigan by evening co-chair Lynn Neal and Kira Reed Lorch. Honoree Mamie Van Doren was unable to attend - her award was presented via video by Quincy Jones. Special Friendship Awards were bestowed upon Green Book Oscar winner Nick Vallelonga and Grammy winning producer David Longoria.
Nancy O'Dell. Photo credits: William Kidston
Before entering the dining room VIPs were greeted by comedian Jaime Monroy who hosted the very busy red carpet cordinated by Edward Lozzi & Associates. Some of the celebrities and VIPs attending were Rebecca Holden, George Lazenby, Barbi Benton, Judy Tenuta, Freda Payne, Lydia Cornell, Marlene Casamento, Lee Purcell, Kate Linder, BarBara Luna, Brenda Dickson, Courtney Stodden, Kat Kramer and guest Kevin Williams, Shani Rigsbee, Kat Kovin Pacino and William Lashbrook, Alexis Kiley, Erin Murphy and Moosie Dreier, Kathy Garver, Ieva Georges, Jerry Mathers, Jeremy Miller and wife Joanne, Nic Novicki, Rico Anderson, Joe Spencer - Spencer Tracy's grandson and friend Saige Walker, Councilman Mitch O'Farrell, George and Simona Papadopolous, Chris McDonald, Donna Spangler, Sam Humphrey, Keith and Pinkie Coogan, Frank Sheftel and Marci Weiner.
Upbeat entertainment at the after party was presented by singer Goldie Gillespie and The Rick James Band. Thank you Roger, Lynn and Maryanne for your hospitality and another great Oscar evening!
The Pointer Sisters with Andranik Madadian. Photo credits: William Kidston