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By Kim Devore / Entertainment Editor   May 20, 2017         Photo courtesy Roma Downey Malibu’s Roma Downey, hubby Mark Burnett and family take a much-deserved family vacation overseas.       ​ROMA’S FAMILY VACAY Malibu beauty Roma Downey...
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The star of TV’s Nanny and Broadway’s Cinderella will sing to fight cancer. 

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Morty Drescher, Fran Drescher and Sylvia Drescher Bruce Glikas/FilmMagic

TV and Broadway star Fran Drescher will be the singing first mate on her latest cabaret cruise aboard the Hornblower Infinity as evening falls on June 19.

The cruise is organized as a fundraiser for Drescher’s charity, Cancer Schmancer, which is dedicated to early detection and prevention of the disease and advocacy for patients. Drescher, who began her career as a standup comedian, starred in the TV series The Nanny, and made her Broadway debut in 2014 as Madame in Rodgers + Hammerstein’s Cinderella. This cruise is the third she’s hosted.

Among Drescher’s Broadway guests on the cruise will be the Tony-nominated sisters Ann Hampton Callaway and Liz Callaway, Jennifer Simard (Hello, Dolly!), Hunter Ryan Herdlicka (A Little Night Music), Jason Graae (Forbidden Hollywood), Stephanie Gibson (Cinderella), Nathan Lucrezio (Cinderella), Alex Rybeck (Grand Hotel), Von Smith (American Idol), Lucia Spina (Kinky Boots), Peter Marc Jacobson, Will and Anthony Nunziata, and Randy Roberts.

The cruise will board at 6 PM from the slip at 353 West Street in Manhattan before returning at 9 PM.

Tickets, which cost $500 (including cocktails, hors d’oeuvres, dinner, entertainment, the boat ride, and a photo of each guest with Drescher), can be ordered at

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By Markos Papadatos     New York - On May 3, the Queens College GALA took place at Gustavino's in New York City, where they honored Emmy-nominated actress Fran Drescher, and two other inspirational women: philanthropist Muriel Sapir Greenblatt and veteran educator Evelyn M. Strauch. The event was hosted by award-winnin...
By Markos Papadatos     Apr 11, 2017 in Entertainment Actress Fran Drescher has a major reason to be proud. She will be receiving the 2017 "Lifetime Achievement Award" from Queens College. The Queens College GALA is an evening of food, drink and entertainment, which will feature student performances and art...

Cancer is a word no one wants to hear. A diagnosis comes with shock, fear and much heartache. Unfortunately, far too many families are forced to hear it and watch as their loved ones fight to overcome the cruel disease.

Amidst all that pain, however, there are amazing people fighting to help those facing cancer and to eliminate it from our world forever. While they can’t yet offer the cure everyone wants, they are making the journey a little easier and the future outlook brighter.

American Cancer Society

One of the largest and most well-known cancer nonprofits, the American Cancer Society has been fighting cancer for more than 100 years. From programs and services for patients and their families to fundraising and legislative work to find a cure, they are leading the way to a cancer-free future.

Give the Kids the World

Fighting cancer is exhausting, and sometimes families just need a break, to get away from it all. That’s what Give the Kids the World Village in central Florida does. It provides a no-cost, week-long vacation for families across the country as well as meals, transportation and tickets to nearby theme parks like Disney and Universal Studios.

Making Memories

While you’ve probably heard of the Make a Wish Foundation, which grants sick children wishes, Making Memories does the same for women diagnosed with metastatic breast cancer. Their website states: “Our sincere desire is for every terminally ill breast cancer patient to pass from this world, comforted in the knowledge of having left one final beautiful memory for his or her family.”

Cancer Survivors’ Fund

With the tagline “from surviving to thriving,” the Cancer Survivors’ Fund provides cancer survivors with college scholarships and, if needed, prosthetics so they can get back to focusing on the future.

Cancer prevention and education are the aim of They address social health issues around prevention such as environment, nutrition, soda consumption and illiteracy.

Cancer Schmancer

Founded by Fran Drescher of the The NannyCancer Schmancer is dedicated to preventing cancer. After surviving uterine cancer, Drescher founded the organization to “transform women from patients into medical consumers, and to shift this nation’s priority from searching for a cancer cure towards prevention and early detection of cancer.”

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