My this-is-gonna-be-a-good party senses are tingling.
I just received the royal decree that the Princess Grace Foundation-USA is bringing their Awards Gala back to L.A. on October 8th. It was last held here in 1988. At the gala, Dick Van Dyke will receive the Prince Rainier III Award (it comes with $25,000 to the philanthropic org of Dyke’s choice), and Dior Haute Couture is the big-time sponsor (they’ll be partnering with the org for the next three years). Add co-chairs like Disney CEO Bob Iger and his wife Willow Bay, Dick Wolf and his wife Noelle, Sidney Toledano and his wife Katia, and two royals (The Prince and Princess of Monaco) to the mix, and I predict fab attendees dressed extremely well.
Prince Rainier III started the foundation in 1982 following his wife, Princess Grace’s, death. He and his children have played an active role in it (Rainier died in 2005) ever since. The Foundation honors 20 emerging artists from all disciplines and from all across America with scholarships, apprenticeships, and grants.
Princess Charlene of Monaco was last in Los Angeles for The Colleagues annual luncheon in April, and in October she should be sporting quite a baby bump as the palace issued a statement in May that she is expecting the couple’s first child at the end of this year.