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Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artists Multi-Media Art Show

Artists for Trauma (AFT) held their Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art show at the noted ENGEL & VOLKERS SOUTH BAY. This AFT fundraiser and public awareness event was a great introduction to this worthwhile charity and their mission to empower adaptive artists recovering from life altering trauma and who utilize healing through artistic platforms to expedite quality recovery and reinvention of their lives.


The Artists For Trauma Adaptive Artist Multi-Media Art Show featured artwork by talented inspiring artists, utilizing various artistic disciplines following their life altering traumas that resulted in a total life change due to paralysis, spinal cord injuries, traumatic brain injuries, and PTSD. This opening exhibition featured artwork by members such as Melissa Allensworth, Andrew Angulo, my “Live with Ford and Vida co-host Ford Austin, Richard Bell, Michael Hansel and Brandon Newcomer. 100% of All Art Sales proceeds benefit Artists for Trauma and the 5+ adaptive artists. AFT was founded by Laura T. Sharpe, who is a trauma survivor herself and selflessly wants to help other trauma survivors to be empowered, inspired and healed.

“We feel very blessed to have been embraced by Artists For Trauma and Laura Sharpe. We hope that with the support of AFT, we can shine a bright light of hope on the spirits of all trauma survivors and those overcoming PTSD,” said Ford Austin.

Ford’s loving wife, Lauree Dash, who was there for every step of his inspiring recovery, echoed his sentiments. “I’m so grateful to Laura and AFT. Laura was an inspiration and huge support in Ford’s recovery. She was an angel who paved the way for us showing us recovery was possible. She was a tangible example of the resiliency and the ability we all possess to heal. It is so vital to have a role model who shows you recovery is possible. The singing lessons AFT so generously provided Ford helped him regain his voice and helped his brain heal from his TBI. Engagement with arts provided a way for Ford to heal organically, and quickly,” she added.

It has been a privilege and honor to work with Ford Austin and his loving, supportive wife Lauree, from the early months of Ford’s near death, life altering traumatic car crash 5 years ago to his now inspiring and thriving quality of life recovery ; rich with empowerment and forward progress in his various artistic endeavors as a once again working actor, Lifetime member of the Actor’s Studio , Director, producer , writer and Artists for Trauma Ambassador. Artist for Trauma recognizes and respects the sacred trust of the individuals and families who partner with us in our integrative, healing through art programs during a most vulnerable period of their lives,” added Laura Sharpe.

Engel & Volkers Southbay was the main sponsor for this event. Additional sponsors were AFT, Buiced, Display Art Installation, ICCS, Moby Arts, Sharpe Interior Systems, and Top Shelf Concierge Services-Luxury Transportation. More info at http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Photos courtesy of Guillermo Proano/PR Photos and Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages

Vida G.

Vida G.

Vida is an actress and journalist who lives in Los Angeles, California. She is the co-founder of the Hollywood Press Corps.

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Celebrated Actor Ford Austin and Actress and Noted Blogger Vida Ghaffari Hosted the Exclusive IberJoya Jewelry Show in Conjunction With Macy’s Topanga

To quote the iconic Marilyn Monroe, “Diamonds are a girl’s best friend” as celebrated actor Ford Austin of  http://www.actorfordaustin.com (Bosch,Dahmer vs Gacy) and actress and noted fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live, www.soveryvida.com), of “Facebook Live with Ford and Vida”, co-hosted the luxury event of the season, the exclusive IberJoya trunk show at Macy’s Topanga Mall on Sunday, June 12th.


There were coveted gift bags for the VIP guests stocked with beauty products and fragrance samples from Proctor & Gamble’s P&G Prestige Products Line. P&G also had a raffle for a gift basket worth $500 and the winner was actress Holly Fields (The O.C., Jag).

“We were very excited about this partnership between Macy’s Topanga and the Iberjoya jewelry line and we hope to continue this thriving collaboration with Ford and Vida,” says Jon Albert, store manager of Macy’s Topanga.

“I’ve been dreaming of this collaboration with on-air talents Ford and Vida and this Iberjoya show was the perfect opportunity to showcase beautiful jewels with skilled influencers like Ford and Vida,” added a proud Marie-Rose Akiki, Executive Fashion Stylist and Corporate Sales at My Stylist @ MacysTopanga.

“There was a great buzz at this Macy’s surrounding this event and Iberjoya received a very strong social media presence as a result of this popular event,” said Iberjoya sales rep Michael Falvey.

“I had the opportunity to wear almost $200,000 in exquisite Iberjoya jewelry, and I felt like a million bucks. With all the black tie events I’ve attended, I’ve never seen any jewelry line that rivals this line in terms of elegance, style, quality, and sparkle! What a glitzy and momentous way to launch the first event that we co-hosted, which was at our all-time favorite department store Macys,” said an excited event co-host Vida Ghaffari.

Numerous celebrity and other VIP guests attended such as Ford’s wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash, Laura T. Sharpe, Founder, Artists For Trauma, Laura Saltman (Correspondent, Producer The Insider, Access Hollywood’s Dish of Salt), actors Hank Garrett (Three Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you?), Pej Vahdat (Series Regular on Bones), Lisa Cash (Actress, General Hospital, Model, Maxim St. Patty’s Day girl), Anna Easteden (Actress, Junkie, At the End of Time), Michelle Bernard (Actress, Any Given Sunday, Grease Live!), Rico E. Anderson (Actor, The Fosters, Star Trek: Horizon), Suze LanierBramlett (Actress, Hills Have Eyes, Betrothed), Reatha Grey (Actress, Betty White’s Off Their Rockers, Betrothed), Tyrone Tann (Actor, Filmmaker LavanderiaBlooob, On-Air Host Stauros Entertainment), Alain Washnevsky (Septembers in Shiraz, Scandal), Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Legendary Iranian actresses Apick Youssefian(The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village) and her daughter Mary Apick (Homeland, 12 Angry Men and Women), as well as royalty such HRH Prince Emad Zand II (Persian Zand dynasty) architect, luxury interior and jewelry and accessories designer as well as the upper echelon of stylemakers and influencers such as Faith Boutin, managing director of FVM Global Magazine and others were in attendance to show their support.

Iberjoya is one of the leading diamond manufacturers and suppliers in the jewelry industry. Their specialties range from loose diamonds to finished jewelry. With over 50 years in the industry, they pride themselves as being highly innovative and adaptable to any market, allowing them to provide their customers with the best possible value.

Macy’s, established in 1858, is the Great American Department Store – an iconic retailing brand over 740 stores operating coast-to-coast and online. Macy’s Westfield Topanga Plaza offers a first class selection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, CliniqueEstee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy’s has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture.

Macy’s also had a private shopping sale from 3 to 8 pm and at macys.com where customers got an additional 30% off on select regular, sale and clearance clothing and jewelry. They also got an extra 20% off of select regular, sale and clearance home items and watches, an extra 10% off of select regular, sale and clearance electrics/electronics.

Actors Ford Austin and Vida Ghaffari bring their knowledge, wit and candor to “Live with Ford and Vida!” Ford is a celebrated actor and filmmaker who is a lifetime member of the Actors Studio and a SAG convention delegate. More info at  http://www.imdb.com/name/nm1284939/?ref_=fn_al_nm_1 Vida is also a noted voice over artist and blogger with So Very Vida. More info at http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari More info about “Live with Ford and Vida” at https://www.facebook.com/LiveWithFordAndVida/

Photos courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages, Guillermo Proano/PR Photos and Bob Delgadillo/WENN

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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