Sunday, June 16, 2024

Friars Club Donates $15K to Defunct Gloria Allred Charity, “Celebrity Roast” Guests Include Laura Branigan, Who Died in 2004


Last night feminist lawyer Gloria Allred was “roasted” by the Friars Club at their midtown Manhattan headquarters.

For her trouble, the Friars– who are in financial peril, closing for a month this summer, and losing members rapidly– gave Gloria a check for $15,000. It was made out to the Womens Equal Rights Legal Defense Fund, a 501 c 3 registered to Allred.

She must have been happy to get the money. The Fund hasn’t filed a federal tax return since 2014. Net assets listed at the end of 2014 were $27, 142. Currently, GuideStar has them listed as having no assets.

GuideStar may want to look into this since they de-list charities and foundations that don’t file tax returns after 3 missed years.

Who went to the roast? A report in this morning written by a Friars member names: Joanna Cassidy, Lainie Kazan, and Cat Greenleaf.  Fran Drescher was the roast master.

Branigan, a great singer, died in 2004. I’m glad to see she’s still getting out.

In other news, Abe Vigoda was out of town.


Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman
Roger Friedman began his Showbiz411 column in April 2009 after 10 years with Fox News, where he created the Fox411 column. His movie reviews are carried by Rotten Tomatoes, and he is a member of both the movie and TV branches of the Critics Choice Awards. His articles have appeared in dozens of publications over the years including New York Magazine, where he wrote the Intelligencer column in the mid 90s and covered the OJ Simpson trial, and Fox News (when it wasn't so crazy) where he covered Michael Jackson. He is also the writer and co-producer of "Only the Strong Survive," a selection of the Cannes, Sundance, and Telluride Film festivals, directed by DA Pennebaker and Chris Hegedus.

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