Coming Home with Nick Palance & Friends at Casa Del Mar Hotel

Los Angeles, California

The Experience magazine recently attended the Coming Home with Nick Palance Event at the glamorous Casa Del Mar Hotel.


Opera singer Nick Palance
Opera singer Nick Palance photo courtesy Bob Delgadillo Photography

Acclaimed Pop-Opera recording artist Nick Palance has created the “Coming Home with Nick Palance and Friends” charity gala to benefit OPCC and individuals who are homeless. The glamorous and highly anticipated event was held on Sunday, June 28, 2015 at 6 pm at the elegant Casa Del Mar Hotel in Santa Monica.

Actor Greg German
Actor Greg German photo courtesy Bob Delgadillo Photograpy

This memorable evening  included a red carpet gala reception, seated dinner by Executive Chef Alberico Nunziata in a spectacular ballroom overlooking the sea, silent auction, and an exciting musical program. Hilarious comedian Scott Wood, known as “Mr. Punchline,” was  the emcee for the evening.

As guests sipped on premium wines from Peaceland Vineyards, Alma Fria Vineyards, Notre Vin Vineyards and Vinium, they bid on these fabulous Silent Auction items: A dress by fashion designer extraordinaire Sue Wong, a wine-tasting weekend in Sonoma County, exquisite prints by Neo-Renaissance artist Giorgio Tuscani, gorgeous clothes by Kyle Richard’s Beverly Hills boutique “Kyle by Alene Too,” gift card to celebrity fashion designer Pol’ Atteu’s Beverly Hills boutique, and fragrant luxurious candles by Lisa Carrier Designs.

Actress and journalist Vida Ghaffari with Dr. Estella Sneider photo courtesy Sheri Determan
Actress and journalist Vida Ghaffari with Dr. Estella Sneider photo courtesy Sheri Determan

Nick Palance, referred to as the “American Bocelli,” is known for his romantic and passionate singing style. Actress Jamie Luner (“Better Call Saul,” “Melrose Place”) will take center stage, along with other special guests on June 28th.

Confirmed guests include: Sue Wong (international fashion designer), Greg Germann (“Ally McBeal”), Sofia Milos (“CSI: Miami), John Maceri (Executive Director, OPCC), Ron Whitaker (veteran rock drummer, played with members of Guns N’ Roses), Renée Taylor (“The Nanny”), Dr. Estella Sneider (TV & Radio Host, Co-Producer of “Beverly Hills Royal TV”), Amanda Miguel (internationally renowned singer), Diego Verdaguer (internationally renowned singer), Ana Victoria (internationally renowned singer), Marisela (internationally renowned singer), Laurene Landon (“All the Marbles,” “Maniac Cop”), Mel England (“Ron and Laura Take Back America”), Michelle Tomlinson (“Axe to Grind,” “The Cellar Door”), Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg-Lippe from Germany (Actor/TV Host, Co-Producer of “Beverly Hills Royal TV”) Vincent de Paul (award-winning actor and producer of “The Bay” series), Mario L. Trujillo (Deputy District Attorney, Los Angeles County), Anny Lieberman (singer), Dustin Quick (model), Pol’ Atteu (celebrity fashion designer, “Living with the Enemy”), Patrik Simpson (international agent, “Living with the Enemy”), Xavier Mejia (Radio Host/Co-Founder LGBT Hero Awards), Hank Garrett (“Three Days of the Condor”), Lois Aldrin, Vida Ghaffari (actress and journalist), Tom Tangen (producer/star of “Mansion of Blood,” President Hollywood Appreciation Society), Andre Agazaryan (producer/actor), Janet Winchell Gold (Bella Solé Jewelry, producer), Leanna Marie (talent scout), Viva Doll Angelina Sky, Rad Brdar (CEO Radz Records, drummer), James Zuley (Host of “Baby Boomers Live” on EZWAY BROADCASTING), Eric Zuley (EZWAY BROADCASTING, INC and United Nations Beverly Hills) Fredy Ceja (Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s office) and Romulo Canizales (executive producer). Invited guests include: Kyle Richards (“Real Housewives of Beverly Hills”), Maria Conchita Alonso (“Return to Babylon”), Congresswoman Linda Sanchez, Mayor of Long Beach Robert Garcia and Senate President pro Tem Kevin De Leon.


Senate pro Tem Kevin De Leon’s office and Los Angeles Councilmember Gil Cedillo’s office will be presenting Certificates of Recognition to John Maceri, Executive Director of OPCC, as well as to Nick Palance, Sue Wong, Dr. Estella Sneider and Romulo Canizales.

Proceeds from the gala benefit OPCC (formerly Ocean Park Community Center), which is the largest social services agency on the Westside of Los Angeles. A non-profit organization headquartered in Santa Monica, OPCC provides highly effective, fully integrated services to the most traumatized, vulnerable and needy members of our community—homeless individuals, victims of domestic violence, and at-risk youth. OPCC offers seven core services that provide support in the areas of housing, domestic violence, physical health, mental health, life skills/wellness, income services and substance abuse. All are designed to improve self-sufficiency, restore dignity, and enable our clients to be contributing members of our community, enhancing the quality of life for everyone.

Heralded as an extraordinarily gifted Pop-Opera recording artist and tenor, Nick Palance studied and trained for 8 years under world-renowned opera singer and vocal coach Maestro Hernan Pelayo (Placido Domingo’s mentor). Palance’s repertoire spans seven languages. His career took off when he starred as the lead in Andrew Lloyd Webber’s “Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat” on the original off-Broadway tour. He also had a tenure with the Canadian Tenors. Palance has toured internationally in concert halls and is well known throughout the country for his uplifting public performances as well as private concerts for prominent individuals including William Shatner, Jerry Bruckheimer, Joe Pesci, and LA Mayor Eric Garcetti.

Nick Palance states, “It has been my passion to help those who are being overlooked. When a person hits hard times and becomes homeless, not only do they lose their place to live and position in society, but they also lose their identity, and it is a difficult, if not impossible, thing to come back from. I created this event to raise awareness and bring like-minded people to make a difference and restore hope to those who need it. Let’s take the ‘less’ out of homelessness.”

Event sponsors: Casa Del Mar Hotel, Westport Construction, Makin International, Simons and Liebert Foundation, Peaceland Vineyards, Notre Vin Vineyards, Alma Fria Vineyards, Vinium, SEP Entertainment & Lighting, Rota Mobility, Lisa Carrier Designs, Kyle Richards and Kyle by Alene Too, Giorgio Tuscani, Sue Wong, Mauricio Umansky/The Agency, Pol Atteu and Patrik Simpson, Romulo Canizales and RC PR, Dr. Estella Sneider & I DOT Entertainment PR.

Executive Producers of the event: Nick Palance, Dr. Estella Sneider, Romulo Canizales, Alexandra Radlovic.


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