The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater LA presents the "Accessories For Success" Luncheon

Honorees Lee Phillip Bell, Sandra Stern, Brindell Roberts Gottlieb with BBBSLA Guild President Mary Willard and BBBSLA President and CEO Tiffany Siart
Honorees Lee Phillip Bell, Sandra Stern, Brindell Roberts Gottlieb with BBBSLA Guild President Mary Willard and BBBSLA President and CEO Tiffany Siart

Actress Heather Tom Emceed;

Fred Willard, John McCook, Doug Davidson Presented

Fashions From Kyle by Alene Too


The Guild of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles (BBBSLA) presented its annual Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon and Fashion Show, featuring an informal fashion show from Kyle by Alene Too, Friday, April 11, 2014 at The Beverly Hills Hotel.  Honorees included Sandra Stern, COO of Lionsgate Television; Lee Phillip Bell, Co-Creator, of Emmy® award-winning daily dramas, “The Young and the Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful,” and Emmy® Award-winning Host of “The Lee Phillip Show;” and Brindell Roberts Gottlieb, community activist and humanitarian. 


Guild President Mary Willard welcomed guests and introduced five-time Emmy® Award-winning actress Heather Tom who emceed.  Barbara Lazaroff, Lori McCreary and Nina Shaw served as Honorary Co-Chairs; Guild members Christine Harte and Teri Simpson Co-Chaired.  Lionsgate was presenting sponsor.  A highlight of the afternoon included a Make-A-Match appeal by Guild member Sarah Purcell.  Honoree Sandra Stern’s Little Sister Melissa spoke poignantly about her mentor and how she is looking forward to attending Loyola Marymount University in the fall on a full scholarship.  Former Little Brother and current Big Brother Jeremy Weinglass entertained on piano.


Prior to the luncheon, luxury accessories boutique vendors presented fashionable accessories for purchase with a portion of proceeds from sales donated to BBBSLA.  Featured vendors included Art Couture, Moonlite, Borrowed Bling, Chic By Design, Classy Bag Lady, Treasured Accessory, Accessor Eyes, Dawn Michelle Designs, Kiki Bean & BedHead, Over The Top, Two Gems and Gourmet Blends.  Beverly Hills Brownie Co. presented parting treats for the guests.


Guild member Pam Dawber provided commentary for the informal fashion show by Kyle by Alene Too, styled by Rosana Clawson, a Los Angeles based film industry stylist and current Guild member.  Kyle by Alene Too is a premier luxury women’s boutique in Beverly Hills and a leading shopping destination online. Launched at Brighton Way and Bedford Ave. in 2012, Kyle by Alene Too is a partnership between The Real Housewives of Beverly Hills star Kyle Richards and upscale fashion retailer Alene Too owner Lizzy Schwartz. Every look at Kyle by Alene Too’s boutique is also available on its website at www.kylebyalenetoo.com.


“All of our honorees have demonstrated a long-standing commitment as role models for civic involvement and at-risk youth and we are honored to celebrate their generosity and myriad contributions to our community,” said Tiffany Siart, President and Chief Executive Officer of BBBSLA.  “They support our vision to provide mentoring relationships to all children who need and want them, contributing to brighter futures, better schools and stronger communities for all.” 


“It gives me great pleasure to be among those honoring these remarkable women,” said Mary Willard, President of the Guild of BBBSLA.  “They are important members of our BBBSLA family and we are extremely grateful for their dedication to improving the lives of our children and helping them to achieve their full potential.”


Actor John McCook of “The Bold and the Beautiful” and actor Doug Davidson of “The Young and the Restless”  presented the Innovator Award to Emmy Award-winning broadcast journalist and producer, Lee Phillip Bell, co-creator, with her late husband William Bell, of two of daytime television’s most successful dramas:  “The Young and The Restless” and “The Bold and the Beautiful.”  Bell’s career as a groundbreaking female broadcast journalist began in Chicago, where she produced and hosted “The Lee Phillip Show” for WBBM Television, CBS 2 for more than 30 years.  She was also a contributing editor to “Daybreak,” and continued to produce and narrate numerous award-winning specials and documentaries covering social concerns. During the course of her career, Bell has interviewed U.S. presidents, foreign heads-of-state, many first ladies, motion picture and television legends, world renowned musicians, notable physicians and scholars and trend setters in the fashion world. Known as The First Lady of Chicago, Bell sat on the Board of Directors for the Wm.Wrigley, Jr. Company.  During the course of her career in broadcast, Bell brought important social plights to the forefront of her programming, in combination with her husband, the late William J. Bell. She is a Life Trustee of Northwestern University “The Bold and the Beautiful,” which, celebrated its 27th anniversary on March 23, 2014, is the most watched daytime drama series in the world, seen daily by more than 35 million people in over 100 countries. “The Young and the Restless”, which celebrated its 41st anniversary on March 26, 2014 recently celebrated 25 years as the number one daytime drama in the United States.  Both shows are cornerstones of the CBS Daytime lineup.


Sandra Stern, Chief Operating Officer of Lionsgate Television,  received the Excellence in Mentoring Award which was presented to her by her Little Sister Melissa.  Stern co-runs the TV division with Television Group Chairman Kevin Beggs.  Stern is responsible for running all business, legal, administrative and operation aspects of the division.  She spearheads its strategy, transactions, negotiations and business development, exploring innovative production, distribution and new media options to grow the television unit.  Stern’s contributions have been pivotal to Lionsgate’s emergence as a leading supplier of content to cable and broadcast networks including the critically-acclaimed series “Nashville,” “Mad Men,” ”Nurse Jackie,” “Orange is the New Black,” and “Anger Management.”  Stern has mentored two Littles in the BBBSLA Women in Entertainment Mentoring Program in partnership with The Hollywood Reporter.  Her current Little Sister Melissa will be graduating from Roosevelt High School this spring.  With Stern’s guidance and support, she was awarded a full scholarship to Loyola Marymount University which was recently announced at the Hollywood Reporter Power 100 breakfast.  She will begin college in the fall.


Award-winning actor Fred Willard presented the Sterling Award to his good friend, educator, community activist and humanitarian Brindell Roberts Gottlieb.  Gottlieb is noted for her philanthropy and passion to make life better for many.  She credits her remarkable husband, the late Milton Gottlieb, for endowing her with the ability to extend his memory through her many commitments.  Gottlieb earned her B.A. and teaching credential from UCLA.  She taught adult education at Beverly Hills High School; wrote, directed and performed radio commercials; and owned and operated her antiques establishment, The Blue House, for 37 years.  She serves on the boards of  The Music Center, Center Theatre Group and LA Opera.  She is committed to the American Jewish Committee, the Children’s Burn Foundation, the Children’s Hospital and scholarships for UCLA students and has endowed Cedars-Sinai for continued heart research.


Founded in 1985, the Guild is dedicated to promoting awareness and raising financial support for Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles.  A volunteer group comprised of prominent women and men from the community, the Guild has raised over $10 million to support the one-to-one mentoring programs of Big Brothers Big Sisters.  In addition to the Accessories for Success Spring Luncheon, the Guild hosts its primary fundraising event, The Big Bash, Rising Stars Gala, to be held this year on Friday, October 24th at the Beverly Hilton Hotel.


The mission of Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles is to provide children facing adversity with strong and enduring, professionally supported, one-to-one mentoring relationships that changes their lives for the better, forever.


For 59 years, Big Brothers Big Sisters of Greater Los Angeles, one of the largest youth mentoring organizations in the country, has served children and families facing adversity.  They provide one-to-one youth mentoring services, carefully screening volunteer mentors and matching them with youth, and provide ongoing support for the volunteers, mentees, families, schools, businesses and community partners.  Children in the program improve their school performance, avoid risky behaviors, and build higher self-esteem and aspirations.  These outcomes are substantiated by rigorous independent evaluation methodology.  Philanthropedia, a GuideStar company, recently named BBBS as the #1 high impact national nonprofit organization serving at-risk youth.  To learn more, visit www.BBBSLA.org.

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Contact:           Pam Giangregorio                                           

Katy Sweet & Associates Public Relations                              

(310) 479-2333 /Pam@KatySweetPR.com     


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