On the Scene: Under One Umbrella

Carolyne Zinko | June 13, 2019 | Parties Story

Country Record
The Under One Umbrella dinner and concert benefit for the Stanford Women’s Cancer Center broke records in its 10th anniversary year.

The Party Chairwoman Lisa Goldman changed the venue of the benefit, founded by Lisa Schatz, from its home at Sharon Heights Golf and Country Club to Stanford’s Bing Concert Hall, a grander place to celebrate a milestone. Drinks and dinner preceded a concert by Keith Urban, as well as Garth Brooks and Trisha Yearwood, all singing unaccompanied except for their own guitars. The Guests Nurses and doctors, including the center’s director, Dr. Jonathan Berek, were among the 750 guests in attendance. Donors paying $2,500 to $10,000 per ticket included Michele Kirsch, Bita Daryabari and Shahkar Bineshpajooh, Susie Fox, Jill Freidenrich, Laurie Kraus Lacob, and Dianne and Tad Taube. The Highlights Urban and his wife, Nicole Kidman, attended the first Umbrella benefit 10 years ago because Berek treated her mother for cancer. (Kidman was filming and unable to attend.) “Remember Sharon Heights?” Urban wisecracked. “Definitely upmarket,” he said of Bing’s cavernous stage. Yearwood and Brooks, who sang tenderly together, also have relatives who’ve been treated at the center, and donated $500,000 to the cause, bringing the night’s total to a record $3.6 million.

Originally published in the June issue of Silicon Valley

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