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By Barbara Diamond | September 22, 2011
Laguna Beach on Saturday night will make a splash at Red Ball II. AIDS Services Foundation Orange County will roll out the red carpet for guests attending the nonprofit's annual fundraiser at the Festival of Arts grounds. "I think we will see a lot of tuxedos, evening gowns and jewelry," said Ken Jillson, the foundation's founding board member and an organizer of Red Ball II. "Guests are encouraged to wear red. " The theme is "Hollywood Royalty," and will include a tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 3, 2009
AIDS was decimating the arts when Hollywood and television celebrities came to Laguna in the early 2000s to help raise funds for the Laguna Art Museum and AIDS Services Foundation. Michael Jackson escorted Elizabeth Taylor to the first Art for AIDS fundraiser Feb. 9, 2002 at the museum. Dr. Arnie Klein, Jackson?s dermatologist and friend of ASF founder Al Roberts, had arranged for Jackson, Taylor, Penny Marshall and Merv Griffin to attend. Taylor was one of the most outspoken celebrities helping to raise awareness of AIDS.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
When Sydney Mack heard the news of Elizabeth Taylor's death, her memories of the star started flooding back. For a full year Mack, formerly known as Patricia Beattie, emulated Taylor's every move. After all, she was a stand-in on the set of the 1963 classic "Cleopatra. " "Everything she did, I did first," Mack said with a laugh. "I sat on the throne for three days. She came in for 15 minutes. " A Laguna Beach resident since 1972, British-born Mack traveled the world in her 20s, always managing to find the film studios — and jobs.
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January 21, 2005
Suzie Harrison "Art for AIDS" was started by AIDS Services Foundation Orange County and Laguna Art Museum as a way to help those living with HIV/AIDS, and as a tribute to Rock Hudson who died of the disease. The event has turned into an annual fundraiser that has raised more than $1 million in its first three years. On Feb. 5. "Art for AIDS IV: An Evening with Cybill Shepherd" hopes to raise more money to help educate people about this growing pandemic and facilitate those living with it in Orange County.
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By JAMES PRIBRAM | August 11, 2006
Maybe writing letters to the editor really does make a difference — as in Don Romero's letter a few weeks ago (Sounding Off, Coastline Pilot, July 21) regarding litter on our beaches, and more specifically Thalia Street beach. Thalia Street beach is the hangout for young Laguna Beach locals and it's incredibly sad that they litter the beach where they spend so much of their time. Today, Thalia Street beach was as clean as I have seen it in months. For months I had meant to write about this problem and was more than thrilled to see another resident of Laguna Beach write about it. The question remains, how can people and/or kids litter the very place that they come back to every day?
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January 31, 2003
Suzie Harrison It might seem unlikely to match the buzz felt last February in Laguna Beach from the first Art for AIDS: A Tribute to Rock Hudson fund-raiser held at Laguna Art Museum. The event was a benefit to the museum and AIDS Services Foundation Orange County. The big draw was the celebrity supporters, such as Elizabeth Taylor, Michael Jackson and Penny Marshall. But the anticipation is just as high the second time around, for the Feb. 8 event.
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February 14, 2003
Barbara Diamond Dame Elizabeth Taylor could have read the telephone book and gotten an ovation at the Art for AIDS II fund-raiser held Saturday night at the St. Regis hotel in Dana Point. "If one person has changed the perception about AIDS, it is Elizabeth," Dr. Arnold Klein said. Klein a resident of Laguna Beach, co-chaired the event with Al Roberts, who founded AIDS Services Foundation here in town, and Jack Kenefick, board member of the Laguna Art Museum.
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February 7, 2003
EYE ON ARTS AND ENTERTAINMENT Last year's "Art for AIDS: A Tribute to Rock Hudson" was a huge success at Laguna Art Museum. It was a benefit that raised funds for AIDS Services Foundation Orange County and Laguna Art Museum. The experience was almost surreal for me, to see Elizabeth Taylor and Michael Jackson just a few feet away as I was snapping photos. I got some great shots of Taylor, Jackson and Penny Marshall. I was thrilled that they came to Laguna Beach to help raise funds to benefit the two organizations.
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February 6, 2004
Suzie Harrison Woven through threads of hope, coupled with action, like-minded people have made a difference in Laguna Beach and beyond, and the effort continues to help those who face the AIDS pandemic through events like Art for AIDS III. Sharing stories about AIDS' scourge since its stories began emerging in newspapers in 1981, co-founders Al Roberts and Arnold Klein saw it destroy a close friend, Rock Hudson....
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August 11, 2006
The Laguna Community Concert Band will present a mini free concert from 6 to 7 p.m. today at the Fred Lang Park Mosaic Bowl, 21540 Wesley Dr. The concert will consist of ensemble presentations by the band's woodwind trio, flute ensemble, saxophone combo and jazz set. Each group will play 15 minutes of music — from classical to jazz — within the mosaic-decorated alcoves of the bowl. In 2004, the Arts Commission commissioned artists to work with community members to cover the cement walls in the Lang Park Bowl with pieces of ceramics and mosaics.
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By Barbara Diamond | September 22, 2011
Laguna Beach on Saturday night will make a splash at Red Ball II. AIDS Services Foundation Orange County will roll out the red carpet for guests attending the nonprofit's annual fundraiser at the Festival of Arts grounds. "I think we will see a lot of tuxedos, evening gowns and jewelry," said Ken Jillson, the foundation's founding board member and an organizer of Red Ball II. "Guests are encouraged to wear red. " The theme is "Hollywood Royalty," and will include a tribute to the late Elizabeth Taylor, one of Hollywood's most glamorous stars.
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By Joanna Clay, joanna.clay@latimes.com | March 31, 2011
When Sydney Mack heard the news of Elizabeth Taylor's death, her memories of the star started flooding back. For a full year Mack, formerly known as Patricia Beattie, emulated Taylor's every move. After all, she was a stand-in on the set of the 1963 classic "Cleopatra. " "Everything she did, I did first," Mack said with a laugh. "I sat on the throne for three days. She came in for 15 minutes. " A Laguna Beach resident since 1972, British-born Mack traveled the world in her 20s, always managing to find the film studios — and jobs.
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By Barbara Diamond | July 3, 2009
AIDS was decimating the arts when Hollywood and television celebrities came to Laguna in the early 2000s to help raise funds for the Laguna Art Museum and AIDS Services Foundation. Michael Jackson escorted Elizabeth Taylor to the first Art for AIDS fundraiser Feb. 9, 2002 at the museum. Dr. Arnie Klein, Jackson?s dermatologist and friend of ASF founder Al Roberts, had arranged for Jackson, Taylor, Penny Marshall and Merv Griffin to attend. Taylor was one of the most outspoken celebrities helping to raise awareness of AIDS.
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