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Star-Studded Gala Tribute to Honor 60th Anniversary of 'Kup's Column'; Sunday, May 18 Evening Honoring Legendary Columnist Irv Kupcinet to Benefit The Chicago Academy for the Arts.

CHICAGO -- CHICAGO, May 16 /PRNewswire/ -- Broadcaster and journalist Larry King will emcee a star-studded evening of live and video entertainment honoring the 60TH ANNIVERSARY OF "KUP'S COLUMN" authored by the legendary Irv Kupcinet of the Chicago Sun-Times. The evening will benefit one of Kup's and his late wife Essee's favorite charities, The Chicago Academy for the Arts. The gala is Sunday, May 18 at the Hilton Chicago, 720 S. Michigan, beginning with cocktails at 5:30 p.m., followed by dinner and entertainment.

Among the entertainers, sports figures, religious leaders, politicians and newscasters on tape and saluting Kup in-person include Muhammad Ali, Lee Phillip Bell, Jim Belushi, Tony Bennett, Ernest Borgnine, Sid Caesar, Carol Channing, the band Chicago, former U.S. President William Jefferson Clinton, Bill Cosby, Phyllis Diller, Mike Ditka, Dennis DeYoung, Kirk Douglas, Tom Dreesen, Roger Ebert, Dennis Farina, William Friedkin, Francis Cardinal George, Shecky Green, Dick Gregory, Merv Griffin, Mary Gross, Buddy Hackett, Mike Hagerty, Arsenio Hall, Paul Harvey, Hugh M. Hefner, Bonnie Hunt, Richard Kind, Tim Kazurinsky, Sherry Lansing, Tommy Lasorda, Senator Joe Lieberman, Jay Leno, Larry Manetti, Joe Mantegna, Jackie Mason, Roger Moore, Bob Newhart, Rabbi William Novick, Stanley Paul, Sidney Poitier, Joe Piscopo, Don Rickles, Sidney Sheldon, Bobby Short, Barbara Sinatra, Nancy Sinatra, Jill St. John, Studs Terkel, Bruce Vilanch, Robert Wagner, Barbara Walters, Fred Willard, Julie Wilson and students from the Chicago Academy for the Arts. To honor Kup for his long-time "Kup's Cruise" for US Armed Forces vets, the 2nd Battalion of the 24th Marines Division will open the evening.

The co-chairs of the evening are David Kupcinet & Kari Kupcinet Kriser and Christie Hefner & Bill Marovitz. Diane Whiteley is the evening's producer.

For more on the Tribute evening and on the school, call the Chicago Academy for the Arts, 312/421-0202.

CONTACT: Cheryl J. Lewin, +1-312-0274-2344, cell +1-312-282-5016, or John Iltis +1-312-274-2330, cell +1-312-953-5411, both for the Irv Kupcinet Tribute Committee
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