For 64 years, SHARE Inc. has raised over $65 million to benefit mentally and physically disabled children.
In their 2017 Boomtown Gala “Let’s Dance” themed party, the organization raised over $650,000 while entertaining a sold-out crowd at the Beverly Hilton hotel in Beverly Hills, CA.
The crowd was dressed in “dress Western attire” and included guests Lonnie Anderson, So You Think You Can Dance creator, judge and executive producer Nigel Lythgoe, Bob Flick, Toni Basil, Steve and Candace Garvey, Ginny Mancini, former California Governor Gray Davis, Gloria Loring, and Beverly Sassoon.
This year’s honorees were dance philanthropist Glorya Kaufman received the “Shining Spirit Award” and Anita Mann Kohl, who received the surprise “Member of the Year Award.” Kaufman has been responsible for bringing dance to the Los Angeles Music Center with the Glorya Kaufman Presents Dance Series, which provides dance classes to underprivileged children throughout Los Angeles.
Multiple Grammy award winners the 5th Dimension with original band member Florence LaRue performed eight songs, including “Up Up and Away,” “Wedding Bell Blues,” “Worst That Could Happen,” “Last Night I Didn’t Get to Sleep at All,” “Never My Love,” “We are Family,” “Stoned Soul Picnic,” and performed an encore of “Aquarius/Let the Sun Shine In.”
Over the years, other performers at the SHARE gala included Dean Martin, Frank Sinatra, Sammy Davis, Jr., John Wayne, Bob Hope and Judy Garland, with Johnny Carson hosting the event for ten years.
The Ladies of SHARE performed a series of dance numbers to several decades of hit dance songs, choreographed by Anita Mann Kohl.
Proceeds from SHARE benefit CASA of Los Angeles, Center for the Partially Sighted, Exceptional Children’s Foundation, Stuart House, and Team Prime Time, Inc.