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The Coconut Grove is reborn

Cameron Smyth and Margo Hudson are feted at SCV Women and Men of Honor event at Hyatt Regency

Posted: September 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.
Updated: September 13, 2012 2:00 a.m.

Cameron Smyth accepts his trophy for being named SCV Man of Honor, with Shelley Hann and Sophie Wessell on the right.

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It was an evening that echoed the style and elegance of the famed Coconut Grove nightclub at the Ambassador Hotel in Los Angeles, which attracted celebrities and the social elite in the 1920s and ’30s.

“I wanted to do something different and special to honor these two incredible people, state Assemblyman Cameron Smyth and Margo,” said Shelley Hann, executive director of SCV Women and Men of Honor.

Guests to the gala dinner event were greeted by a red carpet entry with celebrity impersonators featuring Joan Rivers, Steven Spielberg, Elvis and Clark Gable.

Attendees received their own celebrity treatment with red carpet photos taken in front of the SCV Women and men of Honor backdrop.

The master of ceremonies Ed Masterson introduced Smyth, who is retiring after being termed-out of office.

“I appreciate everyone being here for the Cameron Smyth Retirement Tour 2012,” Smyth said, as the audience laughed and applauded. “It’s my hope there’s another Capitol a few thousand miles away that you’ll send me to in a few years as well.”

Margo Hudson, known by many in the SCV simply as Margo, is known for clothing the most fashionable women in the SCV before she closed her store in 2010.

Hudson was introduced by friend, Tippi Hedren, the actress who starred in Alfred Hitchcock’s “The Birds.”

In honor of Hudson, she wore a vintage gown with feathered wrap she purchased from Hudson’s store.

“Margo is the most amazing woman I know in the SCV,” Hedren said. “She’s beautiful, smart, extremely talented and creative, but the most wonderful part of Margo is that she is fun.”

Hudson hugged Hedren as she received her trophy.

“What an amazing celebration,” she said. “Thank you for sharing this special soiree with Cameron and I.”

Shelley and G. Marshal Hann welcomed guests to the event that featured Dennis Poore on a cocktail piano, Art Deco and his Society Orchestra and comedian Jackie Flynn.

One of the highlights of the evening was the auction of the black standard poodle puppy donated by Poodles by Bloomingdale.

The puppy went for $1,700 after spirited bidding by Amy Schwartz.

She said she will name the puppy Margo in honor of Margo Hudson.

Proceeds from the event benefited the SCV Man and Woman of Honor Returning Veterans Scholarship at College of the Canyons and the Performing Arts Center at COC. The evening also featured a “fund-a-need” donation which this year benefited the Guardians of Hope at Child and Family Center.

“Each year a new nonprofit will benefit from the fund-a-need solicitation,” Shelley Hann said.

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