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The 66th annual Boomtown Gala raises money for children in need

The 66th Annual SHARE Boomtown Gala took place this past Sunday, May 19th, 2019 at the Beverly Hilton. SHARE is the oldest charity in Los Angeles and has raised over $54 Million to date for local charities servicing children in need in the community. This year’s event beneficiaries were Children’s Hospital of Los Angeles, CASA, Stuart House, Exceptional Children’s Foundation (ECF) and Team Primetime.

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The funds for these charities were raised through a live auction, silent auction and call for donations led by the auctioneer, Howie Schwartz, of Grandstand out of New York, which opened at the $100,000 level. For every $10,000 raised by SHARE at the event, 10 kids were supported for a year! First Vice President of Boomtown Party, September Sarno led the planning for the auction and the appeal, and First Vice President of Boomtown Show, Diane Forester, led the planning for the show.


This year’s honoree of the Shining Spirit Award was Joni Berry (Founding member of SHARE) and the honor was presented by Mitzi Gaynor, President of the Professional Dancers Society. The event took place at The Beverly Hilton’s renowned International Ballroom where The Midtown Men, from the original cast of “Jersey Boys,” performed. It also featured Broadway numbers performed by the SHARE members themselves, choreographed by Charlene Painter and produced by Gary Smith.

Shari Belafonte attends SHARE’s 66th Annual Boomtown Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA on May 19, 2019.

SHARE is led by Corinna Fields, President; Ellen Feder, Chairman of the Board; Mandie Rush and Linda Schlesinger (Treasurers); Adele Langdon, Secretary; Diane Forester, First Vice President of Boomtown Show; September Sarno, First Vice President of Boomtown Party; and Hannah Noval, Tribute Book Chair.

Barbie Benton attends SHARE’s 66th Annual Boomtown Gala at The Beverly Hilton Hotel, Beverly Hills, CA on May 19, 2019.

Celebrity attendees included original Playboy model Barbie Benton (Playboy Model/Actress, Hee Haw) , Shari Belafonte (General Hospital, Hotel), Cindy Ambuehl (Actress & Fashion Designer) and Don Diamonte (The Young and the Restless), to name a few!

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