Fabulous, fashionable ladies having fun

Brightly dressed in their colorful Easter best, from l, Jeri Ryan, Mary Willard, and Jo Anne Worley.

How many fabulous and fashionable ladies does it take to have fun while making a positive impact in young lives? That answer is easy — as many as you can stuff into the Crystal Ballroom at the Beverly Hills Hotel — as I saw when the Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) presented its annual Accessories for Success spring luncheon. The event also featured a fashion show with the trendiest styles from Neiman Marcus, and prior to the luncheon an “Accessories Boutique” featured an array of vendors donating a portion of sales proceeds to BBBSLA. Jamie Lee Curtis was checking out the goodies at the charitable “pop-up” boutique. Also Jo Anne Worley, Pam Dawber, and Sarah Purcell, among many others.

Mary Willard, guild president, welcomed everyone, and acknowledged that a successful event takes a team effort, and part of that team was the emcee, Revenge star Amber Valletta. But the real stars that afternoon were the honorees: Anne Globe, Chief Marketing Officer, DreamWorks Animation SKG; and Sharon Harroun Peirce, Board Director of BritWeek and LA’s BEST.

“Both of our honorees have demonstrated a long-standing commitment as role models for civic involvement and at-risk youth. We are honored to celebrate these remarkable women for their generosity and myriad contributions to our community,” said Tiffany Siart, president and CEO of BBBSLA, who repeated a quote that I really liked. She said, “We can’t always build a future for our children, but we can build our children for the future.”

Jeffrey Katzenberg, DreamWorks Animation SKG CEO, presented the “Excellence in Mentoring Award” to Anne Globe, chief marketing officer for DreamWorks. Even though he’s her boss, Katzenberg noted that Globe has actually been a mentor to him. Most recently, Globe oversaw the successful launches of Kung Fu Panda 2 ($660 million gross worldwide), and Puss in Boots ($535 million gross worldwide, to date). But Globe is never too busy to be a mentor with The Hollywood Reporter/Big Brothers Big Sisters Women in Entertainment Mentoring Program.

Stunning actress Jeri Ryan (Body of Proof) presented the “Innovator Award” to her dear friend Sharon Harroun Peirce, board director of BritWeek and LA’s BEST, the after school program which serves 28,000 elementary school children in some of L.A.’s most difficult neighborhoods. Ryan said Peirce has organized a children’s literacy project in L.A., but the amazing lady has also supported many schools and students around the world, “helping kids on three continents.”

I think Jeri Ryan can take her place among the BBBSLA ladies as a great role model. She certainly was a strong force when she was doing her Star Trek: Voyager role, and now she is currently starring in the ABC series Body of Proof, as boss to Dana Delany’s Medical Examiner character. When I spoke with Ryan during a recent TV press tour, she said she enjoys her sometimes protagonist role “because it’s kind of fun to shake things up a little bit.”

Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles has been shaking things up for 57 years. It’s the oldest, largest youth mentoring organization, and has served children and families facing adversity. They provide one-to-one youth mentoring services, carefully screening volunteer mentors and matching them with youth, and provide ongoing support for our volunteers, mentees, families, schools, businesses, and community partners. Kudos to them and the co-chairs of the spring event, guild members Sandy Bilson, Laura Lizer, and Vicki Martin. Joni Berry, Jackie Collins, NancyJane Goldston, and Joanna Poitier served as honorary co-chairs, and everyone had fun.

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