Ladies in Red

LIFE set to host the 15th an­nual ‘Lady in Red’ gala

Sun Sentinel Palm Beach Edition - Society Scene - Palm Beach - - Cover Story -

On Novem­ber 29, LIFE - Leaders In Fur­ther­ing Ed­u­ca­tion will host the 15th an­nual "Lady In Red" Gala. This year the gala will be held at the ven­er­a­ble Break­ers Ho­tel, Palm Beach. Regis Philbin has gen­er­ously of­fered to serve as mas­ter of cer­e­monies for the evening. Lois Pope, Pe­tra Levin and Suzi Gold­smith are chair­women. Mary Mont­gomery is honorary chair­woman. Kathryn Ve­cel­lio is Phi­lan­thropy Hon­oree and Palm Beach Chief of Po­lice Michael Reiter is Com­mu­nity Ser­vice Hon­oree.

Pope is founder and pres­i­dent of LIFE – Leaders In Fur­ther­ing Ed­u­ca­tion and is co-founder of the Dis­abled Vet­er­ans’ LIFE Memo­rial. She was re­cently hon­ored by the As­so­ci­a­tion of Fundrais­ing Pro­fes­sion­als as Phi­lan­thropist of the Year. She serves as a trus­tee of the Uni­ver­sity of Mi­ami and is a mem­ber of the Board of the Uni­ver­sity’s School of Medicine, Dean’s Lead­er­ship Cab­i­net. Pope do­nated $10 mil­lion – the largest sin­gle con­tri­bu­tion given for neu­ro­log­i­cal re­search to the Uni­ver­sity. Th­ese funds es­tab­lished the Lois Pope LIFE Cen­ter, one of the world’s top neu­ro­log­i­cal re­search and treat­ment cen­ters and home to the Mi­ami Project to Cure Paral­y­sis.

Levin, a for­mer model from Ger­many, is a Palm Beach res­i­dent. An ac­tive com­mu­nity and civic leader who has sup­ported var­i­ous lo­cal char­i­ties like Caron Treat­ment Cen­ter, Cys­tic Fi­bro­sis Foun­da­tion, 211/The Cen­ter for In­for­ma­tion & Cri­sis Ser­vices, The Si­mon Wiesen­thal Cen­ter and Chil­dren’s Home So­ci­ety. Levin is on the Caron Foun­da­tion Board of Direc­tors and also on the board of the Amer­i­can Folk Art Mu­seum in New York.

Gold­smith loves an­i­mals, hu­man­ity and the arts. She worked in the travel busi­ness for 24 years. A few of the many or­ga­ni­za­tions Gold­smith is in­volved with are The Amer­i­can Heart As­so­ci­a­tion, Chil­dren’s Place at Home Safe, Bas­com Palmer Eye In­sti­tute, Amer­i­can Red Cross, WXEL Pub­lic Broad­cast­ing, In­ter­na­tional So­ci­ety

of Palm Beach, Palm Beach An­tiques Show, Easter Seals of South Florida, Palm Beach Fire­man’s Or­ga­ni­za­tion, Cen­ter for Fam­ily Ser­vices, KidSanc­tu­ary, and Alzheimer’s As­so­ci­a­tion. In ad­di­tion to LIFE, she serves on the Board of Direc­tors for the Amer­i­can Can­cer So­ci­ety, Palm Beach Round Ta­ble, Le Chaine des Ro­tis­seurs and the Amer­i­can Lung As­so­ci­a­tion. Gold­smith is also chair­woman and co-founder of the Tri-County Hu­mane So­ci­ety, a no-kill fa­cil­ity.

Since Philbin first stepped in front of the cam­era more than 40 years ago, he has am­bi­tiously tack­led talk shows, game shows, the lit­er­ary world and even the fash­ion in­dus­try. In May 2001, the Academy of Tele­vi­sion Arts & Sciences hon­ored him with a Day­time Emmy as Out­stand­ing Game Show Host for Who Wants to be a Mil­lion­aire and an­other Emmy as Out­stand­ing Talk Show Host for his syndicated pro­gram, Live with Regis. He and co-host Kelly Ripa re­ceived the Day­time Emmy for Out­stand­ing Spe­cial Class Spe­cial for host­ing the 2005 Walt Dis­ney World Christ­mas Day Pa­rade. And in 2006, he broke his own ex­ist­ing Guin­ness World Record™ for Most Hours on Cam­era, set­ting a new mark of 15,662 hours ac­cu­mu­lated over his il­lus­tri­ous ca­reer.

This much an­tic­i­pated start of the Palm Beach so­cial sea­son will be­gin at 6:30 p.m. with cock­tails and a si­lent auc­tion fol­lowed at 8 p.m. by din­ner, danc­ing, mu­sic by Soul Sur­vivor and a breath­tak­ing live per­for­mance by Den­nis Ed­wards and the Temp­ta­tions Re­view. The evening will be topped off with fab­u­lous si­lent & live auc­tions. Ruby Grand Cor­po­rate Bene­fac­tor Tif­fany & Co will send guests home with a beau­ti­ful ta­ble gift in that one of a kind blue box sure to put a smile on any­one’s face.

Citi Pri­vate Bank, Mark Fre­itas of Frank Crys­tal Com­pany and Bra­man Mo­tor­cars serve as Star Ruby Cor­po­rate Bene­fac­tors. Pro­ceeds raised from this spe­cial evening will di­rectly ben­e­fit the Amer­i­can Vet­er­ans Dis­abled for Life Memo­rial in Wash­ing­ton, DC. The Memo­rial will be con­structed ad­ja­cent to the Na­tional Mall and within full view of the U.S Capi­tol Build­ing.

For ta­bles, tick­ets and ad­di­tional in­for­ma­tion about the 15th an­nual “Lady In Red” Gala, call 561-865-0955 or visit ■

Event co-chair­swomen: Pe­tra Levin, left, Lois Pope and Suzi Gold­smith

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