Honorees included Sid Ganis, president of the Academy of Motion Picture Arts and Sciences; Dawn Taubin, president, domestic marketing, Warner Bros. Pictures; and Rob Davidow, a private investor and philanthropist. Actor Orlando Jones emceed the event that featured a live auction conducted by KNBC-TV’s Fritz Coleman and APCH Leadership Council Chairman Doug Atchison. The gala, held at the Beverly Wilshire Four Seasons Hotel, was hosted by Giselle Fernandez and co-chaired by Bob Israel and Mark Ostroff. A highlight of the evening included a performance by singer/songwriter Brian McKnight who also joined the APCH children for a spirited rendition of “Jingle Bell Rock.” Actress Angela Bassett presented the Debrah Constance Humanitarian Award – named for the organization’s founder – to Sid Ganis who has served as AMPAS president since 2005. Taubin received the Children’s Inspiration Award from McG. Taubin joined Warner Bros. Pictures in 1989 and was named president of marketing in 2001. Along with APCH, she devotes time to philanthropies such as Habitat for Humanity, Childrens Hospital Los Angeles and the National Resources Defense Council. Davidow was honored with the Angel of the Children Award which was presented by fellow board member Bruce Newberg. Davidow was one of the first members of the Board of Directors of APCH. Founded in 1993 by Constance, the agency provides at-risk youths with a secure, positive family environment where they can learn skills that will lead to a productive lifestyle, free of the gangs, drugs and poverty that surround them. APCH serves more than 4,000 youths from its own facility, providing children with mentoring programs; tutoring; music/dance/arts programs; health, nutrition and counseling programs; sports and recreation programs. APCH is also a site for a Los Angeles Unified School District alternative high school.” The Cathedral of Our Lady of the Angels was the setting for the cast party following the Los Angeles premiere of “The Color Purple” that opened across the street at the Ahmanson Theatre on Dec. 16. Vanessa Williams, Quincy Jones and Loretta Devine were among first-nighters who joined the show’s stars – Jeannette Bayardelle; Felicia P. Fields; Michelle Williams; Stu James; LaToya London; Stephanie St. James; and Rufus Bonds Jr. – for the bash staged in the cathedral ballroom. If you enjoy klaxon-voiced, foot-stompin’ gospel, jazz and blues, you’ll love this show. Based on Alice Walker’s heart-wrenching novel and the Steven Spielberg film, the production is billed as “A Musical About Love.” Which it is, once you’ve drenched three hankies enduring 2 hours of poverty, incest, deceit, violence and enslavement to reach a happy ending. Given the theme of the story, we had our palates set for Southern-fried chicken, spoon bread and butter beans. Mysteriously, the party menu turned out to be California sushi, Cuban ropa vieja and Mexican veggie sopes with a martini concoction called a Purpletini (made with purple antioxidant drink) to wash it all down. Only in L.A. A PLACE CALLED HOME `THE COLOR PURPLE’ OPENS SAVING VENICE The California Chapter of Save Venice is gearing up for another spectacular weekend wingding in Southern California next month. With the irrepressible bon vivant/event planner Hutton Wilkinson in charge – he was the late designer Tony Duquette’s longtime major domo – along with Terry Stanfil, Matthew White and Kathy Offenhouser, all of Pasadena, the three-day party marathon will be, as usual, over-the-top. For starters, Wilkinson and his wife Ruth will open Dawnridge, Duquette’s sui generis aerie in Beverly Hills, for supper on Jan. 18. The next day guests will be guided through the collections at the Getty Villa followed by lunch around the seashell-encrusted swimming pavilion at the Malibu home of Liane and Richard Weintraub. But party central will be the Venetian art deco-themed Moonlight on the Lido Ball to be held at Santa Monica’s historic Casa del Mar Hotel on Jan. 19. Prescribed dress code: “Fred & Ginger: circa 1936.” That means top hat, white tie and tails, of course. On Sunday the mood will segue to denim and diamonds for a spaghetti-western addio staged at Michelle and Bob Bradway’s La Concordia, the ranch once owned by Roy Rogers, Eve Arden and, more recently, Sophia Loren and Carlo Ponti. The ball reservations are $500. The entire weekend of festivities is $2,500. Phuket. That’s where the Stanfills are spending the holidays, so Terry e-mailed this additional info from Thailand: Proceeds from the fetes are earmarked for the restoration of four extraordinary painted panels by the Italian Renaissance master Gentile Bellini. The ball’s honored guest will be Save Venice Executive Director Emerita, Beatrice Guthrie of New York – you’ll remember her from John Berendt’s best-selling saga of Venice’s La Fenice Opera House fire, “City of Falling Angels.”160Want local news?Sign up for the Localist and stay informed Something went wrong. Please try again.subscribeCongratulations! You’re all set! AD Quality Auto 360p 720p 1080p Top articles1/5READ MORECoach Doc Rivers a “fan” from way back of Jazz’s Jordan ClarksonIn their honor, a scholarship was presented to jazz vocalist Rachel Lauren, 20, a junior at USC who has already released her first album “Away From the Crowd.” The Deborah Borda Scholarship was awarded to young viola virtuoso John Stulz, 18, an undergraduate at USC. Randi and Richard Jones chaired this year’s event taking turns at the podium with Music School Dean Robert Cutietta, USC Provost C.L. Max Nikias and the USC Thornton Opera Ensemble. Lots of locals were among the more than 400 guests: Liz, Julie and John Argue; Marty and Jim Childs; Donna and Walter Conn; Ginny and John Cushman; Michele and Roger Engemann; Carol and Warner Henry; Vicki and Kerry McCluggage; Diana Palmer; Lorna and Charles Reed; Barbara and Stuart Siegal; and Geneva and Charles Thornton. Also seen were Flora Thornton and Eric Small; Harlyne Norris and Webb Castor; John Herklotz; Ernest Fleischman; Gayle and Ed Roski; Joyce and Kent Kresa; USC Coach Pete Carroll; Nancy and Barry Sanders; Maddy and Gary LeMel; and USC quarterback Mark Sanchez. A Place Called Home, a nonprofit youth center in South Central Los Angeles providing at-risk youths with educational enrichment opportunities, presented its 14th annual Gala for the Children on Dec. 5. More than $1 million was raised to support the numerous programs at A Place Called Home. The 21st annual Charles Dickens Dinner, the lavish black-tie holiday benefit for USC’s Flora L. Thornton School of Music, honored the multiaward winning Rhythm and Blues legend Lamont Dozier and Deborah Borda, the diminutive dynamo who oversees all operations for the L.A. Philharmonic at Walt Disney Concert Hall and the Hollywood Bowl. Dozier, who was presented with the prestigious Thornton Legacy Award, had the Millennium Biltmore’s Crystal Ballroom rocking with his hit, “I Can’t Help Myself (Sugar Pie Honey Bunch),” and topped it off with a surprise appearance by his longtime pal from Motown days, James Ingram. Borda, who received the John C. Argue Dickens Medal of Honor, leads one of the largest musical organizations in the U.S. Prior to her three-decade career in orchestra administration, Borda was a professional violist. She came to L.A. after nearly a decade as executive director of the New York Phil where she was the first woman in recent history to manage a major American symphony orchestra. Before that she served in the same capacity at the Detroit Symphony, St. Paul Chamber Orchestra and the San Francisco Symphony.