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January 20, 2008

Baypoint Gala Rocked South Beach

51242106 51242220 There was no need to even mention that Paris Hilton may show up at the Bay Point All Stars Gala at the Ritz Carlton South Beach last night---she didn't, so to the commenter who told me she was in Sundance and not South Beach, mea culpa---because she certainly wasn't missed. Pam Anderson was there, with a small entourage including best friends Dan Mathews, Senior VP of Anderson's pet cause PETA, and dragster Elaine Lancaster, without whom we don't think Anderson would have uttered a word. In fact, Lancaster seemed to be running the Anderson show--fielding questions from media, conducting photo ops like the Zubin Mehta of the paparazzi and even telling her what to say and when to say it. Anderson needed no coaching, however, when it came to taking about marriage, telling us that she's done and is in the market for a good divorce lawyer (and asked Lancaster if Bay Point co-host, defense attorney Roy Black was one). Anderson also reiterated that  "My mom wishes I was gay already!" before trying to slap a PETA sticker saying "I'm an a-hole, I wear fur" on fellow journo Michael Cohen, who admitted to wearing a horsehair tie. After Anderson said she was supporting the Bay Point cause because she had a soft spot for bad boys, event co-host and organizer Lea Black made a funny, replying, "And bad boys have a hard spot for you!" Even some of the good ones were guilty as charged, at least last night anyway. Moving away from Anderson, who introduced comedian Tommy Davidson who did a hilarious take on Spanish language TV and Sabado Gigante's Don Francisco, the night was full of stellar live performances---the legendary Patti LaBelle, who was kind enough to invite this blogger on stage to sing backup on the disco classic Lady Marmalade, was in stellar voice, as was Stone Temple Pilots and Velvet Revolver rocker Scott Weiland, who told us that we should be on the lookout for an STP reunion in the coming months. But the biggest star of the night, besides the event's co host Alex Rodriguez, had to be 6-year-old prodigy pianist slash genius Ethan Bortnick, who played a little Mozart, Scott Joplin and his own original Ethan Bortnick compositions, before fielding questions and photo ops from the impressed, hard to impress crowd. Bortnick's dad Gene told us that Ethan may be performing at the Grammys. Very impressive, as was the event in general---a motley mix of performers, celebs, socialites, Rush Limbaugh (!), and philanthropists made this event possibly the best thus far. Kudos to Lea Black, Haute Living's Kamal Hotchandani, Antonio Misuraca, Jason Clarke and their team for pulling it off so seamlessly. So again we say, Paris who? Following the gala, Anderson and crew made their way to Mansion and then SET, where Weiland was seen holding court in the Trophy Room. They all stayed until about 3:30 a.m. Anderson took off today, back to Malibu on a private plane. She told us she "had to get back to my boys." As in her kids, not another crop of boyfriends. And over at Sundance . . . Anderson's soon to be ex husband of three weeks, Rick Salomon, was spotted Saturday with a Snow Queen---vodka that is, drinking his sorrows away at the Kenneth Cole Reaction Lounge.