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Stella Foster

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October 11, 2005


THE LEGENDARY actor/philanthropist Paul Newman, the Duchess of York Sarah Ferguson and "American Idol" judge Randy (Hey, dog!) Jackson will be heading to Chi Town Oct. 29 for the Ronald McDonald House Charities' annual "Awards of Excellence" benefit dinner/auction at the Donald E. Stephens Convention Center in Rosemont.

Randy will emcee the evening. Newman, along with South African Dr. Hoosen Coovadia and the husband-and-wife team of Reginald O. Jones and Tracey, McDonald's owners and operators, will receive the Award of Excellence. Rapper Twista will perform.

The duchess, who is global ambassador of World Children's Day, Nov. 20, is kicking off her tour for that worthy cause at this event, with Hong Kong, Poland and Mexico City also scheduled on her travel list.

McDonald's restaurants across the globe have been very instrumental in raising funds for World Children's Day, and last year alone collected over $23 million.

THE ITALIAN-AMERICAN Political Coalition and the Mexican-American Political Action Committee will host a "Togetherness" reception Oct. 19 at the Holiday Inn Mart Plaza for Illinois politicians who are planning to announce their candidacy for next year's elections. This evening gives them an opportunity to schmooze. . . . Recently, Sen. Joe Lieberman (D-Conn.) and former New York City Mayor Rudy Giuliani were honored by the Chicago-based International Fellowship of Christians and Jews at a dinner in Washington, D.C.

FAMILY AND FRIENDS of Illinois Senate Prez Emil Jones are hosting a pre-birthday bash for him on Saturday. His actual b-day is Oct. 18.

KUDOS TO Roosevelt Moncure, catering/marketing director at the Hyatt Regency Chicago, on being named a Hyatt Master for the sixth consecutive year. A Hyatt Master is a leader, the best of the best, etc., etc., and yadda, yadda!

Ditto to my esteemed Sun-Times colleague, veteran photog Bob Black, on being honored recently with a Lifetime Achievement Award by the Chicago Headline Club.

TODAY ON "The Tyra Banks Show," carried on WPWR-Channel 50, Miss Teen Illinois 2002 Lacey Wilson will be featured in a "makeunder" segment. The pretty teen, who now lives in Los Angeles with her dad, former Chicago Blackhawks star Doug Wilson and her mom, Kathy (a former 1979 Miss Illinois World), is looking to get a "cool, natural, California look." Hopefully, that's what she will get!

THE PLAY "Cheaters," starring singer Brian McKnight, James ("Fresh Prince of Bel Aire") Avery, Michael Jai White ("Tyson"), Chicago R&B artist Syleena Johnson and Wendy Raquel Robinson of "The Steve Harvey Show" fame, runs Oct. 18-22 at the Arie Crown.

THE CITY CLUB of Chicago's speakers list is rocking this month at Maggiano's Banquets, with Andrew Seaton, consul-general of the British Consulate, talking about fighting terrorism at a breakfast meeting Oct. 18; Cook County Assessor Jim Houlihan speaking at its luncheon Oct. 24; Illinois Attorney General Lisa Madigan discusses the gaming industry, sex offenders and the spread of the drug methamphetamine at a luncheon Oct. 25, and author Fred Siegel talks about his book, Prince of the City: Giuliani, New York and the Genius of American Life, at the Oct. 27 luncheon.

IN AN INTERVIEW in CosmoGirl this year, actress Katie Holmes, who is expecting a baby with fiance Tom Cruise, had this to say: "My sisters are raising children and when I think I've had a hard day and they tell me about potty training, I'm like, 'Oh my God, if I had to do that I would freak out!' " Well, Katie dear, get ready to do just that!

THE SIGHTS: Since the opening of the new Carnivale eatery celebs such as singer Frankie Avalon, WFLD-Channel 32's Tamron Hall, WLS-Channel 7 anchor Ron Magers, former Chicago Bear Richard Dent and Ald. Walter Barnett Jr. have dined there. . . . That hottie White Sox player Jermaine Dye dined at the trendy Brazzaz, a Brazilian steakhouse. ... Northwestern Memorial Hospital doctors Frances Langdon, Yvonne Curran, Karin Ulstrup and Ed Olson dined together recently at moto to catch up after doing relief work in Louisiana for Hurricane Katrina survivors.

ACTRESS CATHERINE Zeta-Jones is set to star in the remake of "Mostly Martha," a German film that will be redone in English. ... Playwright/actor Tim O'Malley is back from New York after filming the HBO movie "Shift," airing next year. His hit production "Godshow" starts Oct. 16 at the Black Orchid theater. . . . "Master Harold . . . and the Boys" opens Oct. 15 at the Steppenwolf Downstairs Theatre.

THE BIRTHDAY SCENE: Joan Cusack, Luke Perry, Daryl Hall and anniversary wishes to Bill and Hillary Clinton. Wednesday: Petros Kogiones, comedian/activist Dick Gregory and newsman Chris Wallace.


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