Women in Film and Television presented its fifth Annual Broken Glass Awards

Honorees  Ruta Lee, Mary Hart,  Alfrie Woodard and Lisa Houston ˜ photo Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause
Story and photos by Pat Krause

Palm Springs Women in Film and Television presented its fifth Annual Broken Glass Awards by honoring extraordinary women that have broken the proverbial glass ceiling for women. The event was held at The Show Theatre in the Agua Caliente Casino Resort Spa on March 1st. PSWIFT president and Mistress of Ceremonies, Patti Gribow spoke about the way women have come into their own in the entertainment field but more needs to be done thru leadership and scholarships. Co-Chairs, Elaine Church and Mitch Blumberg, welcomed all the guests and thanked them for their participation. The nights proceeds will go toward scholarships to those with creative talents that need to be nurtured. PSWIFT also sponsors Book-pals that provides thousands of books to children of the Valley.

Actress Ruta Lee was given the Desert Diva Award by local celebrity Gloria Greer. The Jackie Lee Houston Award was presented to Lisa Houston by Barbara Keller. Sam Hennings presented actress Alfre Woodard the Gena Rowlands Award. The Broken Glass Award was given to Entertainment Tonights Hostess for 30 years, Mary Hart, and presented by Harold Matzner.

Announcer Lee Ames spoke in front of a huge lighted backdrop of the word HOLLYWOOD on the stage. LeAnn Lubell and Lee Ames produced the entertainment for the evening. Leanna Bonamici was the co-producer. Pattie Daly Caruso interviewed guests for her television show on the Red Carpet as they entered the Theatre for Dinner.

Entertainment was provided by Patti Gribow, Nanci Sorin Collyer, Johnette Elhendy, Sarah Hagar, Rosanne Hopkins, Christiane Joubert, Julie Rosser Jeannie Reichert and Kaley Smith with singing and choreography. The themes for the show were. The Envelope Please and Thanks for the Memory with academy award winning songs and a collection of Classics.