Various celebrities attending the 1st annual Road to Hope charity event sponsored by Hope So Bright Foundation, Akvinta Vodka, and Magic Hat Brewing Company at Bootsy Bellows on Monday, April 14th in Los Angeles.
On Saturday, Januarry 11th, Midnight Mission commemorates 100-years of service to Southern California's homeless population through a concert "From Hollywood with Love." We had a great event on Saturday, raising support for The Midnight Mission. On the scene and heard front, we did hear a few things from Richie Sambora, which we wanted to share, including the fact that he's proud that his daughter, with Heather Locklear, who is an actress on the rise (was just in "This is 40"). Additionally, despite the fact Bon Jovi made more money than any other musical act/musician last year from touring (including Miley, Katy Perry and Beyonce), he is truly dedicated to his career and is going to be touring - just locked in 5 festivals in Australia in 2014 - with guitar wunderkind Orianthi Panagaris (who was discovered on Youtube and has performed with the likes of Carlos Santana, Carrie Underwood and Michael Jackson). Additionally, Richie is truly dedicated (for the past 7 years) and has become one of the biggest celebrity supporters of The Midnight Mission, LA's premier homeless charity.
The glitz of award season took a charitable turn last night as celebrities, influencers and Hollywood elite celebrated the biennial UNICEF Ball at The Beverly Wilshire Hotel.
Straight off the heels of his Golden Globe win, praise for United Nations Messenger of Peace Michael Douglas continued as he was honored with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Peace Award for his enduring commitment to the survival and wellbeing of the world’s children. The evening’s emcees Matt Damon and Jerry Weintraub also honored Ghada Irani, U.S. Fund for UNICEF Southern California Board Chair, with the Danny Kaye Humanitarian Leadership Award for her support in furthering UNICEF’s mission.
In accepting his honor Douglas surprised emcee Matt Damon with an award for his humanitarian work. Damon has championed for increased access to clean water and sanitation for the 780 million people who currently live without it.
Attending in support of Douglas and Irani, fellow guests included Don Cheadle, Anna Kendrick (wearing Reem Acra), James Marsden, UNICEF Ambassador Téa Leoni, Michael Sheen, Laura Marano, Sylvester Stallone, Leah Remini, Sasha Alexander, UNICEF Ambassador Alyssa Milano and CEO and President of U.S. Fund for UNICEF Caryl Stern, among others.
The evening also featured special performances by Dancing With the Stars’ Cheryl Burke and Val Chmerkovskiy and concluded with Tony and Emmy Award-winning actress Kristin Chenoweth serenading the crowd with a beautiful rendition of “Somewhere Over the Rainbow.”
On January 11th, Mercedez Benz hosted The 2014 Art of Elysium which took place at the Skirball Cultural Center. This was the 7th annual event to focus on children who are dealing with serious medical conditions. This organization was created in 1997 and ultimately gives support to celebrities who desire to give their time and support to these children of need. Through classes designed to infiltrate acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting, as well as creative writing; children are able to fully express themselves. The word E.ly'.si.um is defined as "a place or condition of ideal happiness" and this organization has given children a way to feel 'Elysium'.
The mastermind behind this year's event was Linda Perry while Steven Tyler and Evan Rachel Wood performed to the theme of 'Heaven is Resonance'. Johnny Depp and Amber Heard were the biggest contributors because of their dedication and time spent with the children of Art of Elysium.
Liz Goldwyn, Karen Elson, and Vogue's Tonne Goodman host an event to benefit Vintage Vanguard, an innovative fundraising project benefiting Dress for Success where 20+ designers have re-worked 20+ vintage pieces from Liz Goldwyn and Karen Elson's famed vintage collections. Karen Elson and DJ Tennessee Thomas perform.
"I have been involved with Dress for Success since I was a 19 year-old student living in New York. As a vintage clothing collector, I often donated items to the program and after moving to Los Angeles, I worked with the local Dress for Success chapter and volunteered to style women for job interviews," said Liz Goldwyn, Vintage Vanguard co-creator. "I saw first-hand how Dress for Success empowers women to gain professional and financial control over their lives. As someone who feels empowered by clothing in my professional life, I want to encourage other women to get to know and support Dress for Success."
"Vintage Vanguard is a project that evolved from my and Liz Goldwyn's passion for vintage clothing and a desire to incorporate our fashion designer to customize and re-work our archives for a good cause," said Karen Elson, Vintage Vanguard co-creator. "Dress for Success was a perfect partner and their message is inspiring. Along with Moda Operandi and Vogue's Tonne Goodman, we are hoping to host a fun-filled and philanthropic event that will raise money for this incredible and empowering organization whilst being fashion forward."
"Dress for Success has a proud legacy of providing women in need the resources to improve the quality of life for themselves and their families from career development tools to the right and impressionable outfit for the job," says Lauren Santo Domingo. "The Vintage Vanguard project is such an inventive way to bring light to fashion's roots in Dress for Success through these designer recreations of Liz and Karen's vintage collections. It only feels natural for Moda Operandi to be a part of this project."
The Vintage Vanguard project benefiting Dress for Success is also made possible through a partnership with Atelier Swarovski. Atelier Swarovski- Swarovski's luxury fashion jewelry line- has been a champion of emerging talent through its support of creativity in the fashion and design community for the last decade.
The exclusive collection from Vintage Vanguard, conceived by Liz Goldwyn and Karen Elson benefitting Dress for Success in which vintage pieces from their personal wardrobes were reworked y leading American designers, were auctioned off tonight at the Vintage Vanguard event.
The Vintage Vanguard participating designers include: Francisco Costa for Calvin Klein, Marc Jacobs, Narciso Rodriguez, Anna Suit, Zac Posen, Creatures of the Wind, Rodarte, Olivier Theyskens, Thakoon, Tory Burch, Marchesa, Jason Wu, Tabitha Simmons, Suno (featuring Atelier Swarovski), Jeremy Scott, Eddie Borgo, Libertine, Gregory Parkinson, Albertus Swanepoel, Jennifer Meyer, Rag & Bone.
Where: The Jane Hotel in New York, New York
When: Monday, January 13th at 7:00 pm
t.j. martell foundation's artworks for the cure
the 2013 Artworks for the Cure event, at the Barker Hangar in Santa Monica, raised more than one million dollars for funding cutting-edge leukemia, cancer and AIDS research—the largest event in the history of the West Coast office of the T.J. Martell Foundation. The three-day event featured the Spirit of Excellence Award dinner, honoring Troy Carter, Lady Gaga’s manager and the founder of Atom Factory; Catherine An, An Catering and Tiato Restaurant; Daniel Ek, founder of Spotify; and Rob Wells, President/Global Digital Business for Universal Music Group. Colbie Caillat performed several of her hit songs on Saturday evening. “Artworks for the Cure brought together a fantastic group of people including honorees, artists, patrons, celebrities and volunteers to help raise funds for our important research programs,” said T.J. Martell Foundation CEO Laura Heatherly. Sponsors for Artworks for the Cure included American Airlines, Universal Music Group, Accenture, Code Advisors, Live Nation, Mediacom, Microsoft, Spinlet, the Wasserman Foundation and many more.
actress, director, producer, and activist eva longoria hosted her annual eva longoria foundation dinner at her restaurant beso in Hollywood. celebs included wilmer valderamma, george lopez, ana ortiz, diego boneta, kate beckinsale, len wiseman, and more. “my eva longoria foundation focuses on helping Latinas with education and entrepreneurship. we’re about helping young women reach their full potential. It’s about breaking the cycle of poverty. my foundation helps these women to find the structure they need to get a good education and get to university and then to have the tools they’ll need start their own business.” the event was sponsored by target who is on track to give $1 billion for education by the end of 2015. For more information on eva’s foundation, go to evalongoriafoundation.org