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Microsol Launch Party & 30th Annual Gypsy Awards

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Nigel Lythgoe presents the Gypsy Award for Choreography to Mandy Moore.

The fabulous Palm Restaurant in Beverly Hills was the perfect venue to celebrate the launch of Microsol Equine Formulas, groundbreaking equine products that protect, heal and keep horses safe. Guests included Hall of Fame jockeys, trainers and prominent owners, including world-renowned jockeys Goncaleno Almeida and Kent Desormeaux, producer and polo team owner, Jonathan Burrows, breeder Kaleem Shah, and leading trainer Alan Sherman. With a bevy of beauties including Miss America 2015 Kira Kazantsev and former Miss California Noelle Freeman, it was a mixture of the bold and the beautiful indeed!

Kudos to handsome scientific entrepreneur, and CE0 Eric Yohan who hosted the equine event of the century. Pony party at the Palm – what could be more perfect?

We have been fortunate to attend the Gypsy Awards for 20 years and among those honored were Joel Grey, Julie Andrews and Paula Abdul.

Host and CEO Eric Yohan with prominent horse owner, Peter Abruzzo.
Host and CEO Eric Yohan with prominent horse owner, Peter Abruzzo.

This year, Carol Channing was to be the honoree, but the 94-year-old legend’s health did not permit it. However, she was supported by a legion of other performers including Ruta Lee (who paid tribute to BFF Debbie Reynolds), and Dick Van Dyke, who spoke lovingly about his deceased co-star, Mary Tyler Moore.

When I say these performers were dancers – that of course is only part of their talent. They are also actors, singers, producers and charming personalities.

The event was chaired by Joni Berry, recognized for her limitless philanthropic contributions. Funds from this luncheon go to the Professional Dancers Society, which provides needy dancers with emergency relief and retirement residences.

Also honored was producer, singer, musical director and fab video editor, Lee Hale. Lee brought along his Golddiggers (remember them from the Dean Martin Show)? These gals look as good as ever. And to top it all off, four-time Emmy Award nominee, producer, director and choreographer, Mandy Moore was also lauded. Among her many hits is her contribution to the Academy Award flick, “La La Land.”

The super talented Carousel Dancers performed, and a special Choreographer Award was presented to Karen and Natalie Willis. Of course, the finale featured the Michael Rooney dancers’ tribute to Carol Channing, when a miniature Channing performed “Hello Dolly,” strutting her stuff for the dancers of today. Nice to see the tradition continues!

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