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The Crowd: A Russian night for Beckstrand Cancer Foundation

October 19, 2012|By B.W. Cook
  • Lil Spitzer, Ryan O'Neal and Alana Stewart helped raise $1 million for Beckstrand Cancer Foundation.
Lil Spitzer, Ryan O'Neal and Alana Stewart helped… (Daily Pilot )

She did it again. Lil Spitzer, executive director of the Beckstrand Cancer Foundation, produced what many called "the party of the year" Oct. 13 in the Hangar at the Orange County Fairgrounds in Costa Mesa.

Spitzer joined forces with community philanthropist Renetta Caya, returning once again as gala chairwoman for the 2012 Beckstrand Cancer Foundation's ninth annual Diamond and Pearl Ball. Here is the most impressive news of all: Donations are expected to pass the $1-million mark in net proceeds.

The spectacular event was created around a theme billed as An Evening in Russia at Moscow's Red Square and was dedicated to the memory of the late actress Farrah Fawcett perhaps best known for her role in the television series "Charlie's Angels" as well as for her memorable swimsuit poster. She died of anal cancer in 2009 following a very long, difficult and public fight. She was aided along the way by close friend Alana Stewart, the former wife of both George Hamilton and Rod Stewart. On hand for the tribute to Fawcett, Alana Stewart, now an author and filmmaker in her own right, serves as president of the Farrah Fawcett Foundation. She joined Fawcett's longtime partner Ryan O'Neal at the gala accepting honors from the crowd.

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The star-studded event was once again hosted by the beautiful-inside-and-out actress Eva La Rue, co-star of the television series "CSI: Miami." La Rue's personal warmth could have melted the ice castles created by Spitzer and team decorating and transforming the Hangar into Moscow's Red Square.

She joined her husband, fishing fleet mogul Joe Cappuccio, welcoming fellow Hollywood glitterati including the "Love Boat's" Dick Van Patten and his wife, Pat, and their actor son Nels Van Patten. From the mega-popular television series "NCIS: Los Angeles" Daniela Ruah graced the party along with the "Real Housewives of Orange County's" Gretchen Rossi.

From the daytime drama "The Bold and the Beautiful" Don Diamont and his wife, Cindy, mixed with Orange County VIPs including the stunning Jan Salta and her automotive kingpin husband, Mike Salta, Jim and Alexandra Downey, Steve and Michele George, Andy and Susan Phillips, Jeff and Holly Miller, Keith and Mara Murray, and another of O.C.'s biggest automotive dealers, the impressive Dave Wilson and his lovely wife, Holly.

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