By Donna Shor
At the National Museum of Women in the Arts cabaret benefit, TV’s former “Wonder Woman,” Lynda Carter, swooped, boogied, and strutted – then slinked across the stage like a sleek panther. In a rich, chocolaty voice, she belted out rock’n’roll, Broadway show tunes, and classic ballads to win a standing ovation for her hour-long show.
NMWA founder Wilhelmina ‘Billie’ Holladay presented Carter with the museum’s Lifetime Achievement in the Performing Arts Award for her singing career as well as her five television specials and the TV series.
Patti Sowalski won praise for chairing the event, which featured an excellent dinner and dramatic, flame-red centerpieces. Hard-working American Red Cross chairwoman Bonnie McElveen-Hunter knew how to have fun. She was dancing in place to Lynda’s songs as she led tablemates, arms locked, swaying side to side, in rhythm. Others attending included: Mary Mochary and Phil Wine, Carol and Climis Lascaris, Ahmad and Judy Esfandiary, Irene Natividad and Andrea Cortese, Sunny Scully, Caroline Boutté, Marlene and Fred Malek, Lisa Pumphrey, and Dr. Milton Corn and Gilan Tocco Corn (who co-directs the museum’s Shenson Chamber Music Concert Series which the evening helped benefit).