The Rose Breast Cancer Society, a labor of love, founded in memory of Juanita Zara Espinosa Uddin, a multi-talented and devoted mother to Carmelita Pittman, founder of the charity has presented the 13th Annual Rose Variety Arts Show at the Sportsmen’s Lodge in Studio City.
Two events in one, the first half featured an Art & Wellness Expo in a garden setting next to a lake and waterfall.
The therapeutic aspect of this arts based production blended the visual and performing arts with breast cancer prevention and wellness information provided by top health care experts. Thus was created EDU-tainment, a word coined by Carmelita Pittman.
With a background of ethereal original music provided by Chris Cornelius with Rocko and original poetry by Esperansa Luna, dance and song by Ginger de Paris, the total scene unfolded in the Art & Wellness Expo.
Esperansa Luna, of San Bernadino, founder and President of L.A.V.A. (Los Angeles Visual Artists) and Petrina Sharp of Artists for a Better World headed the Expo. L.A.V.A. artists included Pedram Nourian of Seal Beach, Gabriel Zaragoza of Riverside and William Castro. The geographical spectrum of artists covered Redlands, Sunland, Beverly Hills and even Oregon. Jane Graef of Oregon exhibited painted roses on stones and collectible origami. Landscapes by Hearrice M. Dixon, handpainted silks by Antoinette Hanson, fashions by Hazel Salomon, abstract art by Carolyn Carrera, floral art by Sabrina Abbott, distinct jewelry creations by Nikki Michelle and Shery Miljoner, photography by Marguerite DeSelms,Coverups by Miss Leesha represented by Alicia Harris, paintings by international artist Emmy Lu of Beverly Hills were exhibited. Nick’s popular original comic books depicted music greats Billy Holiday, Duke Ellington, Little Richard and more. Ms. Cherrrie’s unique greeting cards carried the theme of roses. Traude Winik’s drawing of Luciano Pavarotti was in the Silent Auction, as well as art by Debby Gillman, and Antoinette Hanson.
Wellness exhibitors included Nutrimed Integrated Health Care, John Butters, Iridology, Queen Alina Estrada, Colon Hydro Therapist, Carlton Sherrod, Redox Signaling, Kim Lamar of Scentsational soaps, Kumaris Raja Meditation Center with Haleema Sood, Sister Priya, Howard Mugo, and Reg & Akemi Yamauchi with Kangen water, and Dennis Kane & Sonia Rodriguez, M.D. Co-Founder of Europa Research Institute of Tijuana, B.C., Mexico who traveled in from San Diego.
Carol Connors, an honoree and her friend Merrie Lynn Ross, a regular on General Hospital cavorted in the Cinderella carriage and took photos with Ms. Daisy, the beautiful white horse who has participated in the Rose Parade.
Leading to the Starlight Ballroom was the red carpet. Guests were greeted at the door by Margo Hudson, former top model. Ana Paula Ford, a former top model of Brazil was also a hostess who welcomed arriving guests. At the next entry was a landscape mural with an angel statue bearing feathered wings, a crown and flowing rose designed cape over a silver billowed floor length gown. Guests entered through an arch decorated with clusters of pink and white and large silver Dolphin shaped balloons by Deon Dolor. A bevy of smiling receptionists including Danielle Brown, Megan Butler, Michelle, Audrey “Angel” Sherborne, Gloria Vuoso dressed in versions of pink received the guests at the reception table which was lined with rose arrangements.
At the next entrance were three little adorable flower girls, Ashley, Emily and Charlene aged 5-9 years of age who gave rose pens by Diana French to each guest.
The Starlight Ballroom held large round tables covered with pink table cloths centered with round mirrors topped with flickering similated candles in round vases wrapped in rose rings. Chairs were covered and capped with rose colored bows. More landscape murals added to the ambiance with one centered on stage next to the 10 ft tall angel sculpture with outspread wings designed by Francisco Ramirez of Jalisco, Mexico and commissioned by Carmelita Pittman.
The Silent Auction included autographed photos and costume jewelry donated by Margaret O’Brien, four time Hollywood Walk of Fame Star and Oscar recipient, and donated by Rosemarie who sponsored original rose rings crafted by jeweler Nat Waxman. Surviving Munchkin Jerry Maren of the Wizard of Oz also contributed his autographed photo and book. In addition Margaret O’Brien contributed an oil painting featuring roses from one of her fans now deceased. Emmy Lu’s oil canvases were also featured.
Health care experts Dr. Cherilyn Lee of Nutrimed Integrated Health Care, National Assoc. of Professional Women Woman of the Year 2010-2011, Bee Beyer, cancer survivor, creator of the Food Hydrator, author of “Food Drying at Home the Natural Way”, Senior Vice-President of Southern California Motion Picture Council,and television series producer and host, and Dr. Burt Danet, cancer survivor and proponent of Plasma activated water were on hand. An upcoming seminar focusing on their expertise is being planned.
Cantor Estherleon Schwartz opened the program with a musical blessing. Film star Heidi Selexa hosted the program. Following the popping of pink balloons by Audrey Ruttan as Charlie Chaplin was Carmelita singing “Everything’s Coming Up Roses.” Featured were Las Vegas and European stars Rebecca Holden and Kevin Sasaki of the www.togetherforevershow.com. Ms. Holden is a former co-star with David Hasselhoff of the Knightrider series. Dynamic duo Jerome Richardson & LaDawn Myers of EMOREJ performed. Goward Owens, a Michael Jackson performer surprised everyone. Musical director Charlie Harrison with Jerrel Ballard on drums accompanied. Ivor Pyres engineered sound.
The first recipient of The Rose Breast Cancer Society Achievement Award was two time Oscar nominated songwriter Carol Connors, who co-wrote the Rocky theme “Gonna Fly Now” and “With You I’m Born Again” made popular by Syreeta Wright and Billy Preston.
She accepted her award by singing her new song, “Only the Music, Only My Song.” Angel of the Year, Randal Malone, President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council, received an angel trophy.
Some of the SCMPC members on the scene included the legendary Margaret O’Brien, Senior V.P. Bee Beyer, V.P. Elizabeth Guardino and her grandson & host Kristian Kidd, Esther Aboud, Michael Schwibs, and former Angel of the Year, Jarvee Hutcherson, founder and President of the Multicultural Motion Picture Association.
Mother of the Year Madame President M.C. Townsend was honored with fresh roses and transported to the event by Jackson Limousine Service. She presides over 35 cities and empowers 350 groups as President of the Regional Black Chamber of Commerce. Representing the group were Char Cole, Alma Dat’ai Hayes, Ernest Givens, Jacqueline “Angel” Helms and Marty.
Honorary advisory members of The Rose Breast Cancer Society present were Dr. Cherilyn Lee, Congresswoman Diane E. Watson, Linda Hopkins, Jackie “the Pink Lady” Goldberg ( not the politician), Dr. Sheila Calhoun who is also a SCMPC member. Board members present included Gloria Berlin, Audrey Ruttan as Charlie Chaplin, Andrea Nicholson, Audrey “Angel” Sherborne, Traude Winik also a celebrity photographer.
Prominent guests included J’Aimee Alexsandre, Pittman Godson Shaun Baker, Pamela Anderson’s co-star of V.I.P. series and Godgrandchild Siara Sophia Baker, Emmet Cash, South African embassy Carole Chiloane, Brian Cook, Estie Danny of A & E Productions, Kinette Davis, Ami Evidente , Elijah Green, Gene Hinson, Marilyn Johns, Lady Tracey Koenigsberg, David Kropf, film star Gloria Pall, Simon Rutberg and Film Advisory Board President Janet Stokes.
Representing St. Paul’s Catholic Church were the Orozco family, June Williams, and the Gospel choir members Leonard Despues, Michelle and Wilma Starnes.
Assisting in making it happen were Jerry Pittman, L.A.V.A., Michael O’Grady, Diane LeMoine, Petrina Sharp, Linda Scott of Sportsmen’s Lodge, Seda’s Printing, Videography by Tom Porter recipient of the Salute America Award, AWJ Platinu Productions, Photography by P.A. Edmead, Marshae Kinney, Michael Schwibs, Traude Winik, Brian Zink of Media Broadcast, interviews by Pete Allman of Celebrity Scene, security by Morris Williams,former bodyguard of 8 years to Michael Jackson, J.C. Broussard and Jimmy.
For more information visit www.rosebreastcancersociety.org