"She is a creative, generous and elegant woman, a great friend and a fellow actress, singer and Brit, and we will all enjoy seeing her."

Celia Lipton Farris on Julie Andrews

TCPalm Lifestyle - 10 January 2007
By Carol Saunders


North Palm Beach County social scene: Andrews to attend 49th Annual Cancer Ball; Jupiter man is chairman

International award-winning actress, singer and author, Dame Julie Andrews, one of the most recognized figures in the world of entertainment, will be the "Honored Guest" of the "49th Annual Cancer Ball," Friday, Feb. 2, at 7:30 p.m. at the Mar-a-Lago Club in Palm Beach. Jupiter resident Patrick Park is serving as chairman.

Dame Celia Lipton Farris is Honorary Chairman and Chairman Emeritus and Honorary Vice Chairman is Diana Ecclestone.

Andrews will be greeting and visiting with guests and will share her thoughts and memories with the audience from the podium during the lavish dinner.

"Julie Andrews has been a beloved and honored stage, film, television and recording star for more than half-a-century, said Celia Lipton Farris. "She is a creative, generous and elegant woman, a great friend and a fellow actress, singer and Brit, and we will all enjoy seeing her."

Andrews, who became famous for her starring roles in the Broadway musical, "My Fair Lady," and the musical films "Mary Poppins" and "The Sound of Music," for which she won an Academy Award, received Kennedy Center Honors in 2001, has been chosen to receive the Screen Actors Guild's SAG Life Achievement Award in 2007 and has a star on the Hollywood Walk of Fame for her contribution to the motion picture industry. In 2000, Julie Andrews was made a Dame Commander of the British Empire. She is married to director Blake Edwards.

"It is a great honor to have Dame Julie Andrews with us for the 49th Annual Cancer Ball," said Chairman Patrick Park. "She is an icon and beloved star around the world. We look forward to a wonderful evening with her and with all our guests."

For many years, Park, who has two grown daughters, has been a loyal and dedicated patron and volunteer leader of the American Cancer Society — Palm Beach Unit.

In addition to being the 2007 chairman of the board, he has served as the honorary vice chairman of the Ball for the past six years and is also a Grand Platinum Benefactor for the gala.

Park is the director and owner of the Park Corporation, a successful billion-dollar company headquartered in Cleveland, Ohio, that holds numerous manufacturing operations.

Tickets to the Cancer Ball are $750 per person or $7500 for a party of 10. For information, call Florence Bonsuk Seiler at (561) 655-3449.