BEL AIR, California (JULY 17th, 2018) — The Hollywood Press Corps attended Regard Magazine’s Pre-ESPY Experience 2018, a celebrity filled party in Bel Air, California. Dimitry Loiseau’s Regard Magazine along with Grand Marnier, Lyft and Soul Restaurant sponsored a sun filled afternoon of luxury cars, sports stars and delicous handcrafted cocktails. This event was held in celebration of The ESPY’S hosted by CJ Lana Perry, the cover celebrity of this month’s annual sports edition of Regard Magazine. Event host CJ Lana Perry is a WWE Diva on E’s WWE Diva show. She walked the red carpet and posed for photos with guests and VIPs.
Pro Bowler and former Denver Bronco Byron Chamberlain looked stylish on the step and repeat. Byron is a former American football tight end in the NFL, who played with the Denver Broncos, the Minnesota Vikings, and the Washington Redskins. Byron won back-to-back Super Bowl Championships as a member of the Denver Broncos (Super Bowls XXXII & XXXIII). Byron and actor Steve Cederquist co-host a show for Rio Vista Universal called The Front Lines. We asked Steve Cederquist about the HGTV reality show “Flip or Flop”. He was happy to talk about his love for flipping properties and remodeling homes. Steve shared that he also just appeared in the short film “REASON”(2018) directed by Graeme Finlayson.
This event was at an incredible location at the top of Sepulveda Pass. The upscale home of Kimi Applegate, owner of Beverly Hills Magazine, featured a swimming pool and two separate putting greens. John Beskin of Mercedes Benz provided three luxury model Maybach’s on the front lawn. Actress Bai Ling posed for photos in front of the stunning cars with VIPs. Former pro basketball player turned designer and actor, Jason Faulknor, walked the red carpet. Dr. Sam Nguyen was on hand with her husband Chris Luong. Dr. Nguyen is a Ms National Woman of Achievement recipient. She was awarded a Lifetime Presidential Award from President Obama in 2015. Antoine and Spencer Holmes (Transformers) caused double vision in identical outfits and Justin Peck, Lucas Oil Off Road Champion graced us with his presence.
World Champion Boxer Mia Saint John was shadow boxing as she posed for photos on the red carpet. Mia has a foundation where she helps the homeless. She is currently working on a documentary film. Check out Mia’s Foundation website here: Mia Saint John Foundation. Rachel Lorin looked fabulous on the step and repeat. Rachel debuted on the Billboard ROCK charts and is working on a new album to be released next year. She was featured on Oxygen/E Networks show “Next Big Thing.” Follow Rachel Lorin on Instagram here.
The celebrities and VIPs moved from the red carpet to the back yard where guests were treated to gifts from the many sponsors. Rapper Too$hort and Boxer “Ice Man” Joey Davis were among the crowd. The gazebo by the pool was full of VIPs that were relaxing in the shade.
Bottled water from Sobaba was gifted to the thirsty party goers. Working together with local food banks, Sobaba’s mission is to make childhood hunger a thing of the past. When you buy a bottle, a meal is donated. Jen Oloo’s Yahooty Who? Puppets were at the party and posing for Insta photos. The Yahooty Who? project kickstarts an animated feature based on her Puppets.
By the end of the afternoon, guests that were leaving the event were treated to complimentary luxury level rides on Lyft and giftbags featuring puppets by Yahooty Who?, iPhone charging cables by Cords of Steel and other unique gifts, given out as thoughtful momentos of the afternoon.
(Hollywood Press Corps) — Friday, April 20, 2018 —The 5th Annual Light Up The Blues – Autism Speaks 2018 was hosted by Kristen and Stephen Stills. Producers, directors, musicians, actors and comedians came out for the cause. When MC Jack Black was asked by Yours Truly on the blue carpet, “Show me Sexy,” Jack Black obligingly posed (see below – haha!) Autism Speaks Board Member, Chuck Saftler was on the blue carpet with his wife, as well as Paula Salvatore, Capitol Records Vice President with her date. The Stills Family and The Producers of Autism Speaks, Anthony Young Evip, Raoul Mongilardi, and Brandon Cohen, also made their appearances on the blue carpet. Christina Applegate, Amy Brenneman, Kim Raver, and the always funny Sarah Silverman were also present to lend their support. Christopher Bollenback, owner of Bottega Louie, John Asher, and Michael Frondelli also showed their support on the blue carpet.
Spectrum artist Amanda Anderson walked the blue carpet and gave an amazing operatic performance later on the main stage. Tyler Kilmer came with his loving Mom and a large fan base. He posed for pictures on the blue carpet then played a soulful jazz trumpet number. Soulshocka posed for photos on the blue carpet with his trademark dark sunglasses. His performance on stage was striking and powerful, rapping about the challenges on being on the autism spectrum.
At one point in the evening, Jack Black auctioned of three Gretch guitars that were signed by the evenings celebrities. Each guitar went for $25,000.00, with Jack Black matching their bids for a total of $100,000 – the proceeds going to Autism Speaks.
Stephen Stills performing with Neil Young, with the Heartbreakers as the backing band was powerful, to say the least. A few of the Buffalo Springfield songs they jammed to were “Long May You Run”, “For What It’s Worth” and “Mr. Soul.” This concert was amazing in its lineup and the performances. The backup band was comprised of Tom Petty’s Heartbreakers – Belmont Tench (keyboards), Mike Campbell (guitar) and Steve Ferrone (drums). The night went on with performances by Judy Collins, Patti Smith, Burt Bacharach, Sheryl Crow, Beck, Chris Stills and Oliver Stills. In addition to this amazing musical line up, comedian Jack Black was the MC for the evening, performing his version of Queen’s “Bohemian Rhapsody” (haha!)
Autism, or autism spectrum disorder, refers to a broad range of conditions like challenges with social skills, repetitive behaviors, speech and nonverbal communication. Research has shown that there is not one autism but many subtypes. Each person with autism can have unique strengths and challenges. Most are caused by a combination of genetic and environmental influences, and many are accompanied by medical issues like seizures, sleep disturbances and gastrointestinal disorders. The CDC estimates that 1 in 68 children are in the autism spectrum.
Autism Speaks is dedicated to promoting solutions across the spectrum for the needs of the individual with autism and their families. They do this through advocacy and support. Autism Speaks seeks to increase understanding and acceptance of people with autism. They raise money to fund research into the causes of autism. They also seek to provide better interventions for autism spectrum disorder.