Friday, October 13, 2006

Thalians' 51st Anniversary Ball

"Desperate Housewives" creator Marc Cherry, comedian Jay Mohr, "Housewives" co-star Andrea Bowen and "American Idol" contestant Ace Young were among the youngsters at the Thalians' 51st Anniversary Ball last Saturday night.

"If you're wondering why it's so cold in here, it's to keep most of you alive!" Mohr joked to the mostly elderly members of the entertainment industry's leading nonprofit organization dedicated to the treatment of mental health.

Doris Roberts presented Cherry with the Mr. Wonderful Award at the Hyatt Regency Century Plaza Hotel before a crowd that included Debbie Reynolds, Connie Stevens, Stefanie Powers, Barbara Eden, Mitzi Gaynor, Mamie Van Doren, Valerie Harper, Dick Van Patten, Hugh O'Brian, Jack LaLanne, Jayne Meadows, Jack Klugman, Ruta Lee and Jane Russell.

Cherry got the award for his efforts to focus on the need for mental health on both the screen and in life.

"What do I know about shaky mental health?" Cherry asked during the evening that raised more than $400,000 for the Thalians Mental Health Center at Cedars-Sinai. "Well, I work with four actresses over 40! You do the math!"

The Ms. Wonderful Award went to actress/entrepreneur Stevens and her actress daughters Joely Fisher and Tricia Leigh Fisher. The family trio — as well as Bowen, Young and Reynolds — all sang during the evening, while Cherry playfully dissed his "Housewives."

"It's a man-eater," Cherry chortled when he bid $3,000 to name a tiger cub.

"So I'm calling it Eva Longoria!"

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