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SHARE celebrates Old Blue Eyes; Triumph For Teens Awards honors Antonio Villaraigosa, Matthew Perry

Actress Annie Gaybis Byner with Frank Sinatra Jr. at SHARE.
Actress Annie Gaybis Byner with Frank Sinatra Jr. at SHARE.

SHARE is a non-profit philanthropic group composed of women who are dedicated to raising funds for disabled and abused children, as well as medical research for all forms of developmental disabilities.

An astounding roster of A-list entertainers have participated in the Boomtown event over the years, including Dean Martin, Johnny Carson, and, of course, the Chairman of the Board, Frank Sinatra.

This year, they celebrated the 100th Anniversary of Old Blue Eyes, and his look-a-like son, Frank, Jr. was their special guest.

When he warbled a few of Frank’s greatest hits, we closed our eyes, and pictured his Dad – once again reveling in the spotlight!

Actor/Comedian John Byner with September Sarno at SHARE.
Actor/Comedian John Byner with September Sarno at SHARE.

Actor/Comedian John Byner served as a hilarious Master of Ceremonies for the standing room only event at The Broad Stage in Santa Monica.

John’s delightful wife, Annie Gaybis Byner (who is a SHARE member), was featured in a glorious medley of music from Guys & Dolls.

Some of the other dancing dolls included Debra Couch, Dolores Nemiro, Esther Rosenfeld, and gorgeous Gina Bay, who can be seen in the Apple online ad The History of Sound. We were pleased to be seated with our friend September Sarno who was recently elected to Chairman of the Board. With gals like these, we can bet the $60 million raised over the past 62 years, will be even greater.

Kudos to such SHARE supporters as Joni Berry, Gloria Franks, Samantha Faulkner (who was named Member of the Year), and all the lovely ladies who contribute their time, energy, talent & fund raising efforts to support this fine organization.

Former Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Marc Nathanson at the Phoenix House Awards.
Former Los Angles Mayor Antonio Villaraigosa with Marc Nathanson at the
Phoenix House Awards.

Meanwhile, the Montage Hotel in Beverly Hills was the perfect venue when actor/humanitarian Matthew Perry and former L.A. Mayor Antonio Villaraigoso were honored by Phoenix House, at the 12th Annual Triumph for Teens Awards Gala.

This sold out event celebrated the victories of young people overcoming their addiction and recognizes contributions  which have positively influenced the health and welfare of our communities – especially at-risk youth.

Matthew Perry with “Friends” co-star Lisa Kudrow.
Matthew Perry with “Friends” co-star Lisa Kudrow.

Violin prodigy, Lee England Jr. opened the show with his rendition of David Bowie’s Hero; and Don Felder, former guitarist for The Eagles, performed some of his memorable melodies.

As weatherman/reporter Kaj Goldberg, host of the event stated: “Like the mythological bird Phoenix, who had the strength to rise from the ashes and live again, Phoenix House, for 35 years has given new life to thousands of young people, who fought their way back from the grip of addiction.”

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