Paula Abdul honored at gala, with a little help from 'The Band From TV'
The invitation read, “Don’t be afraid to embrace your ‘Orangeness,’” and guests weren’t shy about sporting ties, scarves or dresses in the spring shade. The colorful party at the Beverly Wilshire Hotel benefited Lupus LA and honored Debbi and Roger Cowan, the biopharmaceutical company UCB, Inc.--and Paula Abdul.
Livening up the evening further, entertainment came courtesy of “The Band From TV,” consisting of James Denton of “Desperate Housewives,” Greg Grunberg and Adrian Pasdar of “Heroes,” Anthony Ruivivar of “Third Watch,” Scott Grimes of “American Dad!” and Bob Guiney of “The Bachelor.” (Before the music ended, Denton’s co-star Teri Hatcher bounced onto the stage to belt out two numbers.)
Lupus LA founder Dr. Daniel Wallace presented Abdul with the Loop Award, praising “her kindness, her empathy, her caring and her willingness to help others.”
“I’m a better person for knowing all of you,” Abdul told an audience that also included Sharon Stone, Shante Broadus, Kellie Martin of “Life Goes On,” Meredith Monroe of “Dawson’s Creek,” Charlotte Ross of “Glee,” Terri Seymour of “Extra” and Josh Altman of “Million Dollar Listing.” Emcee Fred Willard shared the stage with singers Jimmy and Donnie Demers, special guest Howie Dorough of the Backstreet Boys, Wallace and the charity’s executive council chair Adam Selkowitz.
Photo of James Denton and Teri Hatcher, top: John Shearer/Getty Images. Photo of Paula Abdul: Frederick M. Brown/Getty Images