• REWIND: 2013 GALA

    On July 20, Grand Performances invited more than 350 visitors for our 11th Annual Gala Fundraiser with Rufus and Friends. The occasion led by Board Member Jennifer Fisher started with mixed drinks, including handcrafted sweet beet lemonade, and solace/soul sustenance, 70s-motivated dishes made by Chef Travis Hooper of the Omni Hotel.


    “John Jones, Heather Jones, Gala Chair Jennifer Fisher and Kelvin Golden”

    During the quiet and live auctions visitors competed for a few energizing prizes, for example, “An Escape to the Big Apple for Fashion Week,” “Los Angeles Food & Wine Festival VIP Package” and “Discover Brazil” courtesy of The Brazilian Consulate of Los Angeles and its accomplices. Privileged Host Committee Member and backer Tom Gilmore was our fab “superstar” auctioneer.


    “Tony Maiden, Sly Stone, Tom Gilmore and Michael Alexander”

    However the night would not have been finished without Grand Performances’ signature free programming. Rufus was a standout amongst the most vital funk troupes ever and they consumed the dance floor 70s style for a free public execution – their first show in Los Angeles in about 30 years – with a unique appearance by Sly Stone. More than 2500 Angelenos, from all walks of life, met up to share a rich snippet of social history, motivation, thoughtfulness, and above all, celebration.

    Funds raised from this special evening help Grand Performances continue to bring the best of global culture and local talent to our diverse community. With your help we raised nearly $100,000 – thanks to all our sponsors and supporters for helping to KEEP THE BEAT ALIVE!


    For more photos of the celebration that evening, click here!

    Platinum Sponsors: City National Bank, Omni Hotels
    Gold Sponsors: Sony Pictures Entertainment, Dickerson Employee Benefits
    Bronze: Natalie & David Bergeson, Broad Arts Foundation, Gilmore Associates, Alan Sieroty, Union Bank, U.S. Bank

    Honorary Host Committee: Sly Stone, Honorary Chair, Bette & Wylie Aitken, Dee Dee Dorskind & Bradley Tabach-Bank, Kathy Faulk, Tom Gilmore, Rosey Grier, Bob L. Johnson, Janice Pober, Heidi Duckler & Dan Rosenfeld, Dominique Shelton, Malissa Shriver, Alan Sieroty, and Gary Stewart.

    Auction and Raffle Donations: Special thanks to Joyce Azria, the Brazilian Consulate of Los Angeles, City National Bank, Coastal Luxury Management, Fogo de Chão, Korean Airlines, John A. Martin & Associates, MOCA, Omni Hotel New York, Orient Express and El Encanto Santa Barbara, our friends Pam, Amanda, Lianna, and Eddie, Pasadena Playhouse, Ralph’s, Rivera, Bernard Silva, Stella Rosa Wines, Sugarfly Events and Janet Roston, Tivoli São Paulo Mofarrej Hotel, and The Wine House.


    “Guests of Sony Pictures Entertainment – Gold Sponsor”