Faye Washington, CEO of YWCA of Greater Los Angeles

*Administrators at the YWCA Greater Los Angeles showcased high class indulgence at the 5 star, luxurious Beverly Hills Hotel; when donors met for its annual Black & White Benefactrix Ball on October 22.

Popular faces in entertainment and politics showed to honor humanitarians and to raise funds in preparation for the YWCA Greater Los Angeles/GLA Job Corps program’s big move to its Downtown campus in 2012.

“When I think about the caliber of honorees we are saluting this year, it reminds me of the majestic eagle … When the storm rages, the eagle spreads its wings to soar and go higher,” Faye Washington, CEO of YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, said in a note for the ball.

Daphna Ziman and Faye Washington

Celebrity guests, sponsors and philanthropists arrived dressed in stunning attire and ready for a ball fit for congress, literally. Congresswoman Diane Watson was there and bestowed with the 2010 Silver achievement award. Plus, Antonio Manning, the Regional Executive for JPMorgan Chase & Co. Global Philanthropy Group was bestowed the Corporate Champion Award, and Daphna Ziman, founder of Children Uniting Nations, the Sorumundi (Sisters of the World) Award.

Wearing bowties and black and white hostess dining attire, sharp and attentive waiters served a delicate salad with chunks of fine blue cheese. Dinner which followed, was mashed potatoes, asparagus, decorated pear and about four ounces of flame broiled beef and another four ounces of white fish, beside it. It was an elegant setting. Oh, and there was quality red and white wine to a donor’s heart desire.

While the media had its way with stars on the red carpet, the ballroom quickly filled with upstanding and elegantly dressed people, of all creeds, and largely African American. Celebrity supporters included actresses, Rachel Grant (007 Die Another Day), Mirtha Michelle (Fast & the Furious), Tangi Miller (Felicity), Kiki Shepard (Showtime at the Apollo), Shanica Knowls (Hannah Montana), model Marilin Archie (She’s Got the Look) and Holly Mitchell (Democratic candidate for State Assembly in California’s 47th District) among others. And EURweb was on the scene, too.

YWCA Red Carpet Report:

The 2010 Black & White Benefactrix Ball participant sponsors included, Edison, Union Bank, Chase, Wells Fargo and Los Angeles Confidential Magazine. As ballroom attendees left for escorts to their cars and the hotel’s valet service, party hostesses distributed black gift bags containing fun items from sponsors, including a Lexus keychain, a copy of the Los Angeles Confidential magazine, Human Natures sun flower beauty oil and other cosmetics.

There was also a silent auction.

“If you sneeze, raise your hand or breathe, I consider that a bid,” actress/comedienne and auctioneer, Kim Whitley said.

Actress Kym Whitley and retiring Congresswoman Diane Washington

After a request for a $50,000 dollar pledge had no takers, the first to lead the evening was a pledge for $5,000, several takers for $1,000 and a wave of $100 pledges came in at once. In just under 10 minutes pledge leaders had raised more than $8,000, during the fun. While proceeds from the silent auction won’t be revealed until later this week, YWCA of Greater Los Angeles, reports $57,000 in pledges that evening.

The highlights of the evening, hosted by radio personality Adai Lamar of KJLH’s “Free Talk,” included an auction by Bang the Gavel – with all the exciting details of an auction: there was the excitement of bidding and the speedy, low pitch voice customary for auctioneers (one of the Items auctioned was a portrait signed by the late entertainer, Michael Jackson). There was Daphna Ziman’s story about meeting a homeless girl who she would later adopt and vocalist El DeBarge’s coveted performance.

The YWCA published an Urban Campus Gift Catalogue for supporters and can be accessed online at: www.ywcagla.org.

Celebrity Interviews: By Billie Jordan for EURweb

YWCA Red Carpet Report: Produced, filmed and edited by Billie Jordan for EURweb