The Crowd: Paul Reiser visits Solomon Society fundraiser

September 21, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • Bob Williams, center, with his staff at reception in Costa Mesa greeting 400 guests showcasing fall home design.
Bob Williams, center, with his staff at reception in Costa… (Daily Pilot )

The Solomon Society, a men's fraternal organization associated with the Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, held its annual event billed as "'Late Night' with the Solomon Society … Cocktails, Cuisine and Comedy for a Cause."

Hundreds of men joined together for the gathering Sept. 13, which starred comedian Paul Reiser. The actor, musician and writer is probably best known for his role in the NBC television series "Mad About You."

The Solomon Society is co-chaired by Michael and David Stoll. The evening was co-chaired by Kenny Beard, Gideon Bernstein, Peter MacDonald, David Weinberg and Sam Wyman.

The event unfolded at the Grove of Anaheim with a 5 p.m. VIP reception featuring a Glenfiddich scotch tasting and a "meet and greet" with Reiser. A cocktail reception and dinner followed with Reiser's comedy show topping off the evening.

The event is a major fundraiser for Jewish Federation & Family Services of Orange County, as all attendees are requested to make a pledge of at least $1,000 benefiting the Generations Fund of the organization, which supports all variety of family services assisting Orange County Jewish residents in need.


The 2012 honoree labeled Mensch of the Year was bestowed upon Frank Ellis, co-executive vice chairman of the Jewish Federation & Family Services board. Ellis also has served as chairman of community philanthropy.

Ellis, who is a director at SingerLewak, also serves on the Disability Awareness Foundation and the Anti-Defamation League of Orange County, according to the society's website. He was selected as the honoree for his 25 years of community service in both the Jewish and Gentile communities of Orange County.

Local gents supporting the event included Newport's fashionable jeweler Moti Ferder, Jay Feldman, Marc Ecker, Davey Glantz, David Goren, Don Kaiser, Bruce Harris, Avi Marciano, Shawn Miller, Barry Seaton, Bryan Pepper, Adam Newman and Paul Vann. To learn more about the work of the Solomon Society, visit


Furniture designer draws top shelf crowd

Furniture design maven Bob Williams, co-founder of Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams, flew in from New York City to greet more than 400 guests that arrived at the Mitchell Gold + Bob Williams showroom for a lavish reception honoring their new fall home furnishings collection.

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