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The A-List Wives

The A-List Wives
Austin Hargrave

Shannon Rotenberg, Florence Sloan, Barbara Davis, Norah Weinstein & Kelly Sawyer Patricof

When Baby2Baby co-presidents Weinstein and Sawyer Patricof met Davis at THR's photo shoot of industry wives who make a difference, they asked her advice on throwing their first gala (Nov. 3) for their charity, which by the end of this year will distribute 1.2 million donated diapers and other items to low-income parents in Los Angeles. "You can have the best committee in the world," said Davis, "but in the end, you do it yourself." That's not something these women duck. Davis -- a grande dame of L.A. philanthropy and the widow of 20th Century Fox owner Marvin Davis -- on Oct. 20 will throw her famed Carousel of Hope Ball for the 26th time. The event, which this year honors George Clooney, has raised more than $75 million to benefit the Children's Diabetes Foundation and Colorado's Barbara Davis Center for Childhood Diabetes, which she founded during the 1970s when her daughter Dana was diagnosed with the disease. Sloan, the wife of investor and former MGM chief Harry Sloan, sits on LACMA's board and acquisition committee and is a key fund-raiser, throwing benefits at the couple's Bel-Air house that have helped the museum acquire, for example, a 450-piece European costume collection. She feels strongly that museums "give people a respite from the everyday, students a place for inspiration and families a place to spend the day" through LACMA's free youth membership program. Weinstein, a former litigator married to CAA corporate finance head Brian Weinstein, and Sawyer Patricof, a former model whose husband is producer Jamie Patricof, recall when a truck carrying 250,000 Huggies showed up at their Wilshire Boulevard offices. "We made a diaper assembly line," says Sawyer Patricof of the unloading effort, which ended up including her husband and his interns. Rotenberg, whose spouse is 3 Arts partner-manager Michael Rotenberg, was program manager of the CAA Foundation before being approached by Matthew McConaughey five years ago to head his j.k. livin foundation, which brings fitness and self-esteem-building programs to 1,500 kids at 14 high schools, including eight in Southern California. She has gotten chef Guy Fieri to speak to students about healthy eating on a budget and secured Kenny Chesney for a May concert that raised $250,000. Says Rotenberg, "It's so rewarding to use the positive side of the business to make a difference." 

Photographed by Austin Hargrave On July 16 in Bel-Air


"It's interesting but true that people give to people in this town. Yes, they give to a cause that they love or care about, but in the end, they give to people they like." -- Barbara Davis, who believes that the secret to successful fund-raising is being gracious