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Yatooma's Foundation For The Kids
The Academy Awards theme for the two-part fundraiser made the gathering of nearly 350 at The Townsend a sea of glam. And during the cocktail hour, as guests were checking out the silent auction (it raised nearly nearly $50K), we spotted at least one celebrity lookalike couple, the Rich Leeboves (see Photo Gallery). In the ballroom, supersized Oscars guarded the stage where Simone Vitale’s music makers held sway. But the theme really shined during the program Paul W. Smith emceed preceding the live auction (which raised more than $70K). First there were “Oscars” presented to 15-year-old Luke Gyomory, who raised $17,000 for the foundation because he knows personally what it’s like to lose one's mother, and to Frederick Holman and his grandmother, survivors of the emotional and financial hardships occurring when a parent dies.
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