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Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin

In a darkened Frank Sinatra Dining Room an off stage voice using that classic Dean Martin intro " And Now Direct From The Bar" announced co-hosts Bill Boggs, Bruce Charet and countless actors, singers, celebrities and friends to toast one of the most beloved entertainers in show business.....Deana Martin.

It is said the Friars only "Roast" the ones they love, but for Deana the extra special designation of "Toast" was used to headline an evening that will forever be remembered by those present.

Joe Piscopo was the first to come "direct from the bars" in the Billy Crystal, Barbra Streisand, Ed Sullivan, or Milton Berle rooms at the Friars to entertain and Toast Deana. Dean Martin used to begin by saying "How Long Have Been On"?, but there weren't enough hours in the evening as ( in order of appearance) Tony Lo Bianco, Tony Orlando, Joseph Baldassare, Steve Tyrell, Joe Mantegna, Franco Harris, Phil Rinaldi, Bob Newhart, Steve Maglio, Ken Dicamillo, Regis Philbin, Mike Marino, Eddi Eason, Bobby Rydell, Richard Barone, Tony Babino, Sal Scognamillo, Vince Ferragamo, Robert Davi, Will Friedwald, Bonnie Hunt, Sal Viviano, Melinda Read and Angela Bacari sang and spoke about Deana. It was thrilling as the night ended with Deana pointing to her necklace which holds the medal given to her father by the Friars in 1951 and of course singing "When Somebody Loves Somebody Sometime". Everybody loved everybody at the Friars last night.

Article & Photos by: Stephen Sorokoff

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Deana Martin & John Griffeth

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Bill Boggs, Co-Host

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Bruce Charet, Co-Host

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
The Frank Sinatra Dining Room

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Joe Piscopo

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Joe Mantegna

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Robert Davi

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Joe Piscopo & Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
John Griffeth DeAna Martin, David Steinberg

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Alyse Lo Bianco & Tony Lo Bianco

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Michael L. Gyure, Executive Director, & Ralph Compagone, Treasurer

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Eda Sorokoff, Sunny Sessa, Ralph Compagnone

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Lisa Scognamillo & Sal Scognamillo

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
David Steinberg

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Angela Bacari

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Ralph Compagnone & John Griffeth

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Tony Orlando

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Steve Maglio

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Ken Dicamillo

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Mike Marino

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Deana Martin & Bobby Rydell

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Richard Barone

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Tony Babino

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Sal Scognamillo

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Will Friedwald

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Sal Viviano

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Angela Bacari

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Deana Martin

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Eda Sorokoff & Deana Martin

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Friars Club

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Friars Club

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Friars Club

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Friars Club

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Friars Club

Photo Coverage: 'And Now Direct From the Bar...' The Friars Toast Deana Martin
Bob Spiotto, Director of Programs


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