At poolside, arriving guests signed a photo of Don LaFontaine.
Bobbin Beam photo
Went To A Garden Party? Poolside Bel Air,
Don LaFontaine Would've Loved This One ...
Sept. 8, 2009
Voice legend Don LaFontaine was indeed at this one - in memories that smiled upon scores of voice actors who attended a Garden Party fundraiser in Don's honor on a warm late summer night, Sept. 2, at the Bel Air (Los Angeles) home of Joe (voice actor, pictured) and Ann Cipriano.
The voice-over world's glitterati and sometime-paparazzis mingled and toasted "The Don" with Voice-tini cocktails - all to raise funds for the Screen Actors Guild Foundation's Don LaFontaine Voice-Over Lab, a training facility to be constructed at SAG's Actors Center in Hollywood.
"It was a beautiful night," says Cipriano, noting that between the ticket sales to more than 200 attendees, a silent auction and other donations, "We're already more than three quarters of the way toward our goal."
Honoring LaFontaine, the lab will feature two state-of-the-art recording booths, and an engineering area that will double as a classroom. It will be a "working studio environment where actors may practice, record auditions or work on demos - all at no cost," says the Foundation.
Donations can still be made for the project, here at the Foundation's web site. Be sure to check the Don LaFontaine Lab Fundraiser button for proper credit.
"The first anniversary of Don's passing was the day before, and it seemed like no time had gone by at all," says voice actor Bobbin Beam in her blog about the evening. (See her photos, below, reprinted with permission.)
"I just believed that Don was smiling on us all from VO heaven!"
Attendees also got some heavenly peeks into Joe Cipriano's voice-over studio, and enjoyed catching up with friends and making new ones.
Don's wife Nita Whittaker beautifully sang "What's it all about, Alfie" and singer/songwriter Adam "Aejay'e" Jackson and friends donated their time and musical talents to entertain.
"Don will forever be etched into the cultural landscape as The Voice, The Voice of God, and That Guy Who Does All The Movie Trailers," Douglas notes.
"Not only for the work he did, but for all of us who will try our damndest to sound similar to to him for many years to come."
SMILES FOR DON
Bobbin Beam and her camera captured many smiling faces and places. (Yes, Bobbin's in a lot of them ... but hey, we asked for what was in her camera!)
Joan Baker and Bobbin Beam
Is this Hollywood creds, or what?
David Alden and Bobbin Beam
Joe Cipriano's studio - which he created with tech wiz George Whittam
From both sides now: Another studio view
Nancy Wolfson, Bobbin Beam and Stephanie Ciccarelli
Don doodled during voice-over sessions
Penny Abshire, Bobbin Beam and Zurek