“Lady in Red” turns 20 with "A Night in Rio"
Jay Leno headlines Palm Beach event
December 7, 2013, LIFE will
celebrate 20 extraordinary years of saving lives, helping
people help themselves, improving the quality of life for
families in need and encouraging young Americans to become
leaders by helping others.
The 20th Annual
"Lady in Red" Gala, "A
Night in Rio", will transform The
Mar-a-Lago Club, Palm Beach into a Brazilian paradise with
“A Night in Rio”. Always
the much-anticipated start of the Palm Beach social season,
the gala, featuring America’s
Favorite Funny-man and legendary Tonight
Show host Jay
Leno, will begin at 6:30 pm with cocktails followed by
dinner and dancing...Rio style! The evening will also
feature the Palm Beach Symphony, Broadway hits sung by the
50 member Nova Choir and dancing to the music of the Sultans
of Swing. Chairs
are Lois Pope and Patrick Park.
In 1977 a young comedian named Jay Leno made his first
appearance on The
Tonight Show; little did he know that less than 20 years
later he would become the host of that very show. A regular
on the variety program The
Marilyn McCoo and Billy Davis, Jr. Show, by
mid-1980s, Leno hosted his first comedy special on TV: Jay
Leno and the American Dream. Around this same period, he
made numerous successful appearances on late-night TV,
David Letterman. Later that year, he signed a deal with NBC
that made him one of two permanent guest hosts of The
Tonight Show. He became the only guest host two years
In 1992, Johnny
many by retiring from his long-standing role as America's
beloved and premier talk show host and Leno stepped in to
take over hosting duties full time. With
the exception of a brief prime-time stint, Jay Leno has sat
behind that famed desk entertaining night owls with his
unique brand of comedy ever since.
Leno has been married to wife Mavis Nicholson since 1980.
They live in Los Angeles, where he spends his spare time
working on his collection of classic cars and motorcycles.
Tickets to the" Lady in Red" Gala are $700
per person and $500 for those under the age of 45. All
proceeds from the evening will benefit LIFE’s partnership
with American Humane Association (AHA), which includes a
program to protect the voiceless and the vulnerable in our
society - abused and neglected animals. Programs that will
be served are in Palm Beach County, including a large Pet
Mobile for adoption purposes.
This past spring the first Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle
was dedicated and within hours of the devastation caused by
tornadoes in Moore, Oklahoma, this vehicle was deployed to
help animals in need. A
second Lois Pope Red Star Rescue Vehicle for the
northeastern United States will be added in October 2013,
expanding the reach of AHA services even further.
Cha-Cha Gala Chairs:
Lois Pope and Patrick Park; Tango
Gala Honoree Extraordinaire: Ari Rifkin; Mariachi
Gala Honorary International Chair: Veronica Atkins and
Hermé de Wyman Miro; Samba
Gala Grand Patrons: Mary
Montgomery and Mary Ann and Walt Schwenk; Salsa
Gala Co-Chairs: Maude
Cook, Suzi and Rick Goldsmith and Sally and Dick Robinson; Meringue
Host Gala Chairs: Robin and Bart Ganzert, Toni Holt and
Robert Kramer, and Jan and Chip Malley;
Bossa Nova Gala Chairs: Maria Pope Kessel and Kerry R.
Kessel, Terry and Joseph Mendozza, and BJaye and Frank
Gala Corporate Ambassadors: American Humane Association,
Braman Motorcars, Neydharting Moor Skin and Body Care,
Tiffany & Co., and Wells Fargo Advisors; and Mambo
Gala Emcee: Dick Robinson.
To request an invitation or for more information, please
contact LIFE at 561.865.0955 or visit
The Lois Pope LIFE Foundation, Inc. and LIFE recently
embarked on a groundbreaking new program to protect the
voiceless and the vulnerable in our society -abused and
neglected animals - through a new partnership with American
Humane Association (AHA). As the nation's voice for the
protection of animals, AHA reaches millions of people
through groundbreaking research, education, training and
services that span a wide network of organizations, agencies
and businesses. AHA's mission is to create a more humane and
compassionate world. For more information, please contact
561.865.0955 or visit www.life-edu.org.