On Tuesday, July 21, 2011 The Life Group LA announced their entertainment lineup for for the 6th Annual Saddle up LA, AIDS Benefit Horseback Trail Ride, and Country BBQ to be held Saturday, July 9, 2011 from 4:30 pm to 7:30 pm. at the Diamond Bar Riding Stables 1840 Riverside Dr Glendale CA 91201 and then the Country BBQ at the Pickwick Gardens Banquet Center at 1001 West Riverside Dr., Burbank, CA 91506 from 7:30 pm to 11:45 pm.
Please join us to experience the likes of Pepper Mashay, Paul Bradley, Marié Lake, the LA Wranglers and our master of ceremonies Mystery Mike Hennessey.
International Dance Diva Pepper Mashay’s a dynamic urban, soul and house musician, and Club / Dance singer-songwriter who is best known from “Let’s get soaking wet!” chanting throughout the Barry Harris track “Dive in the pool” made popular by its inclusion in the American television series Queer as Folk.
Mashay has worked with Whitney Houston, Bobby Caldwell, Christina Aguilera, Cher, Mick Jagger, Tina Turner, Jennifer Holliday, Taylor Dayna, Michael Bolton, Celine Dion, Ray Charles, Sheena Easton, Steve Perry and many others and is a generous and compassionate artist who donates her time and talent to many HIV/AIDS service organizations that offer food, emotional support and education.
Paul Bradley, a Los Angeles native, has been writing, performing and producing music for over 30 years. His styles range from musical theatre to pop/rock and rock-opera, as well as pop gospel. In addition to performing, Bradley has been a music producer for stage, television, film, music video and all aspects of music and concert production. He is first and foremost a creative spirit, continually striving to be innovative and artistic.
Bradley worked closely with Academy, Grammy and Tony award winning composer Stephen Schwartz on the soundtrack of Disney’s first original musical film, Geppetto, as well as having a hand casting the original leading role of Elphaba in Wicked. Bradley was the lead music producer as well as featured composer for the Chippendales World Tour.
Lake, also a singer/dancer, is a rising well-known performer in comedy and burlesque shows in Los Angeles and San Francisco. A graduate of the Groundlings, she appears regularly at the Improv on Melrose, the Improv Olympic West, and Second City, Los Angeles. Television credits include “Days,” “The Bold and the Beautiful” and Comedy Central.
Treating us all to fun choreographed dance numbers are the LA Wranglers. In 2003 a group of friends who shared a love of music and dance gathered at the Rawhide Bar in Southern California. Shortly thereafter, Los Angeles’ premier dance group, The LA Wranglers was formed.
The group’s founder and choreographer, Rick Dominguez stated that since then the group has been building their repertoire and performing throughout the Los Angeles metropolitan area. Combining traditional country-western with Latin, hip-hop, and modern dance moves, the LA Wranglers’ high-energy choreography thrills crowds wherever they entertain.
Returning to serve as Master of Ceremonies for 6th year; actor, writer and AIDS Activist, MC www.mysteriesbymike.com. Hennessey has been doing Stand Up and acting for over 16 years, entertaining at over 10,000 live events. He is the Nations # 1 Martin Short impersonator; as well as in the words of Michelle Pfiefer, “The greatest children’s performer in the country.” Hennessey can be seen in the Gay Romantic Comedy “I Now Pronounce You Chuck & Larry”.
You can also purchase your BBQ tickets visit http://www.thelifegroupla.org/saddleupla/bbq.html and there is still time to register to ride and to secure your horse, join or make an online donation now visit http://saddleupla2011.kintera.org/faf/home/default.asp?ievent=465620
About The Life Group LA.:
Founded in 2005, The Life Group LA. provides education, empowerment and emotional support to persons infected and affected by HIV/AIDS that they may make informed choices regarding their healthcare and general well being. Using a variety of methodologies such as peer support groups, public medical forums and the POZ Life Weekend Seminar, the Life Group L.A. creates educational and empowering experiences in a safe, confidential and non-judgmental environment. The Life Group LA is a 501 (c) 3 non-profit organization.
For details on Saddle Up LA 2011, contact Sunnie Rose at 888-208-8081 or visit our website at www.SaddleUpLA.org . To find out more about The Life Group LA, please visit www.TheLifeGroupLA.org
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Joe Mantegna, Andy Garcia, Ray Romano attend 2nd Annual SAG Actors Fore Actors Golf Classic Tournament
Celebrity golfers Ray Romano, Andy Garcia, Scott Bakula, Joel McHale, Dennis Haysbert, Adam Baldwin, Gabriel Aubrey, Tom Welling, Kevin Nealon, Michael Pena, Joe Pesci and more joined host Joe Mantegna of “Criminal Minds” on Monday, June 13th at the “Actors Fore Actors” 2ndAnnual Screen Actors Guild Foundation Golf Classic held at El Caballero Country Club.
The stars tee’d up to raise funds for the foundation’s Catastrophic Health Fund, which provides financial relief to actors when illness or injury threatens their ability to work as well as their access to affordable health insurance. The star-studded event raised nearly $200k which will provide critical help to many in need.
“This event is an opportunity to both work and play in order to help our fellow actors who experience a health crisis,” said Mantegna. “It’s nice to know that if an unexpected illness should happen in our lives, we can rest assured knowing the SAG Foundation is there to lend a helping hand.”
“I wanted to come out today because I’m a member of SAG and I feel very fortunate that I’m working, I have my health and my benefits and it’s good to help your fellow actors,” said Romano. “This business has a lot of ups and downs and a lot of people aren’t as fortunate, so any time I can help the foundation and play golf – it’s a no-brainer really!”
In addition to 18 holes of competitive play, the day’s activities included a live auction and an Awards gala with prizes and special honors hosted by “The Insider’s” Kevin Frazier. The team fielded by John W. Carson Foundation, which included “Smallville” star Tom Welling, took top honors as first place winners with a score of 25 under par on the challenging PGA-level course.
“I’m happy to be a part of this great event to help raise funds for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation,” said Welling. “I came out because I’m an actor, I’m a member and I appreciate the great work that they do.”
The live auction, led by Mantegna and host committee member Ron Perlman, featured luxury prizes with something for everyone: an LA Dodgers Suite for 30 people or four dugout seats; a Fendi package with leather handbag and shades; a “Sons of Anarchy” set visit; a “Family Guy” memorabilia package with table read visit; and a Palm Springs get-away package with choice of villas.
About the Screen Actors Guild Foundation:
Founded in 1985, the Screen Actors Guild Foundation is an educational, humanitarian and philanthropic 501(c)(3) non-profit organization. Governed and funded independently of SAG, the SAG FOUNDATION offers substantive services to Guild members, free of charge, in its mission to assist, educate and inspire actors toward their fullest potential in career, life and community. For more information, please visit www.sagfoundation.org or call (323) 549-6708.
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Photos credit to: Chris Jergensen & Vernon P. Courtesy of SAG Foundation & The FrontPage Firm