Monday, June 2, 2014

The Pat Boone Celebrity Roast & Birthday Party Benefiting Ryan's Reach

Ryan Corbin, Pat Boone & Shirley Boone

Debby Boone & Victoria Corbin

Larry King

Wink & Sandy Martindale

Marty Ingels & Shirley Jones

Rich King

Billy Davis Jr. & Marilyn McCoo

Event PR Edward Lozzi with client actress Emily Capehart 

Lou & Carla Ferrigno

Tessa Ferrer

Louise Duart

Mara New

Shirley Boone, Pat Boone & Harrison Held

Mara New & Ruta Lee

Legendary singer/entertainer Pat Boone celebrated his 80th birthday in style with his talented loving family and about 1,000 of his closest friends.  A birthday party/"Dean Martin style" roast was held at the Beverly Hilton which raised much needed funds for Ryan's Reach a wonderful organization that was established by the Boones to help victims of severe brain injuries and their families.  Back in 2001 Pat's grandson Ryan Corbin suffered severe injuries when the floor of his Brentwood condominium collapsed.  Pat & his lovely wife Shirley explained to me that Ryan's financial needs are met  but countless other patients and their families are in need thus was the birth of "Ryan's Reach" in the southland.  Pat was reluctant to celebrate his big "eight-o" publicly but when a fundraiser to aid "Ryan's Reach" was suggested he eagerly jumped on board.   The fun memorable feel good roast featured Boone family friends Larry King & Wink Martindale doing the hosting honors plus Shirley Jones, Marty Ingels, Rich Little, Norm Crosby, Gavin Macleod, Tom Dreesen and Louise Duart doing the good natured ribbing and roasting. Daughter Debby Boone sang beautifully accompanied by the terrific Tony Guerrero Quintet.  For 11 years "Ryan's Reach" has been committed to providing scholarships for brain-injury survivors through the facilities of the High Hopes Head Injury Program.  In 2003, "Ryan's Reach" set out with one mission; to more effectively address the financial, emotional, physical and spiritual needs of Traumatic Brain Injury survivors and their families.  Today the vision of the foundation it to establish a home (or homes) serving brain injured adults.  Also on hand to show support was Gabri Ferrer, Marilyn McCoo and Villy Davis Jr.,  Lou & Carla Ferrigno, Rosey Grier, Sandy Martindale, Terry Moore, Michael O'Neill, Jon Voight, Tessa Ferrer, John Hindman, Peter & Laurie Marshall, Rebecca Holden, Anne Jeffreys, Chuck & Betty McCann, Teri Copley, Judy Tenuta, Ruta Lee, Susan Stafford, "Mrs. Globe" Deana Avila-Linn, Carol Connors, Pastor Jack Hayford, Branden James, Brenda Dickson, Squire Rushnell,  Dr. Daniel & Tana Amen, Elaine Dupont  plus Mara & Ron New.  Special video tributes featured lots of love from Gary Sinise, Mike Love, Stan Lee, Dolly Parton, Ray Romano, Carol Burnett, Kathy Lee, President George H.W. Bush, President George W. Bush and Israel's Prime Minister Benjamin Netanyahu.  The excellent evening was gracefully co-chaired by Lindy Michaelis and Victoria Corbin.  Thank you to PR king Ed Lozzi & his hardworking staff for their hospitality and to Billy Bennight Photography for the excellent pictures. 
Report written by Harrison Held
More photos from Yolanda Pulakis to follow

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