Sunday, February 17, 2013

The Ebell of Los Angeles Presents Academy Awards Night

It's always good when we can "party with a purpose." The Ebell of Los Angeles will host a special Academy Awards Night on Sunday, February 24, 2013.  There's no doubt that in addition to the Dolby Theatre, the best place to be for this affair is the other cultural icon, the historic Ebell of Los Angeles.  I became a member of the Ebell last year under the leadership of Shirlee Haizlip, best known for her book, "The Sweeter the Juice:  A Family Memoir in Black and White."  Under Ms. Haizlip's  presidency she worked hard to make sure that all women knew the doors of the Ebell were open to everyone. 

The Academy Awards Night Party is not only to highlight the Oscars, but it's a time that Membership Chair and Fourth Vice President, Evelyn Toliver wants to create an atmosphere that sets out the "red carpet" for future members.  The evening will  feature great dining by Chef Louis Pechan, music by Jerome Dean and his band and many surprises throughout the night.  The decor for the evening will call to mind the Hollywood dominated by Dorothy Dandridge, Hattie McDaniel and Sammy Davis, Jr.,  to name a few.

The Ebell of Los Angeles is an educational and philanthropic organization founded by women in 1894.  The mission is to participate in and encourage the educational, cultural and social growth of the diverse Los Angeles community.  The Ebell administers a college scholarship program for women and men and a program that assists women in need.  The Ebell also maintains and preserves its art collections and its historic Clubhouse and Wilshire Ebell Theatre.  Patty Hill serves as the President of the Ebell of Los Angeles.  Membership Chair and Fourth Vice President, Evelyn Toliver and Wendy Gladney serve as The Academy Awards Night Co-Chairs.  The profits from the evening will go back into the Fine Arts Theatre where the Club will engage middle & high school girls  in their STEM initiative.

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