The Southern California Motion Picture Council (SCMPC) will present their annual St. Valentines Ball with Oscar winning actress, Miss Margaret O'Brien, as the evening's hostess. The highlight of the gala will be the presentation of the 2012 Golden Halo Award to actress, singer and humanitarian, Ms. Barbara Van Orden.
Broadway Icon Ms. Carol Channing was so inspired by Ms. Orden's story that she referred to her as “...a true Dolly Levi story,” having re-emerge, like Dolly Gallagher Levi, in Jerry Herman's hit "Hello Dolly!" to rejoined the human race after a devastating accident that resulted in 18 surgeries and years of rehabilitation to be welcomed back by audiences and critics alike in her touring cabaret show.
Ms. Van Orden was crossing the street when she was hit by a car that resulted in 12 breaks in her right leg, five breaks in the left, internal bleeding, crushed back, broken ribs, a fractured disc in her neck and a three inch gash in her skull. On Feb 13th, the SCMPC will honor Ms. Van Orden at the Valentine's Day gala for her example and inspiration to others.
The event is set for Monday, Feb. 13, 2012 at 7:00pm at the Waterfall Ballroom at the Sportsman's Lodge 12833 Ventura Blvd., Studio City, CA (Coldwater Canyon at Ventura Blvd). Tickets are $35 and can be reserved at 626-794-1968.
Photo Credit: Bill Dow