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World Poker Tour Presents “Four Kings & an Ace” to benefit Mending Kids International

The Hollywood Press Corps had the pleasure of attending the World Poker Tour Presents “Four Kings & an Ace” to benefit Mending Kids International on Friday night. The event was hosted by Mel Gibson, Vince Vaughn, Andrew Garfield and Gene Simmons who played along side WPT champions Erik Seidel and Scotty Nguyen. The winner of the tournament was David O’Day.

Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson and Gene Simmons host "Four Kings & an Ace" photo by Judy Hansen Pullos
Vince Vaughn, Mel Gibson and Gene Simmons host “Four Kings & an Ace”
photo by Judy Hansen Pullos

In addition to the special charity poker tournament held at CITIZEN Beverly Hills, the guests and players were also able to enjoy casino games and live and silent auctions, with proceeds benefiting Mending Kids International, a California-based non-profit that formed in 2006 that provides life-changing surgical care to children from around the globe in need.

Vince Vaughn being interviewed on the red carpet photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Vince Vaughn being interviewed by Extra on the red carpet
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

Other celebrities attending the event were Shannon Tweed-Simmons, Sophie Simmons, Nick Simmons, Weston Cage, Michael Galante, Kevin Pollak, Masiela Lusha, WPT Co-Commentator Mike Sexton, and WPT Anchor Lynn Gilmartin.

Nick Simmons, Shannon Simmons, Gene Simmons and Sophie Simmons on the red carpet photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
Nick Simmons, Shannon Simmons, Gene Simmons and Sophie Simmons on the red carpet
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

“The funds raised from the Four Kings & An Ace Charity Poker Tournament will help Mending Kids provide life-saving surgeries to hundreds of children, and we cannot thank our donors enough for their wonderful generosity,” said Marchelle Sellers, Executive Director of Mending Kids International. “We would especially like to thank Mel Gibson, for his continued support of Mending Kids, and Vince Vaughn and Andrew Garfield for helping host the event.”

“Once again, poker brought together celebrities, dignitaries, and influencers for a great cause as it continues to be one of the most fun and effective ways to raise money for critical issues worldwide,” said Adam Pliska, CEO of the World Poker Tour. “WPT Foundation is honored to have partnered with Mending Kids for this special night.”

To date, WPT Foundation has helped raise more than $6 million to benefit global philanthropic organizations such as Mending Kids.

WPT champion player Eric Seidel photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos
WPT champion player Eric Seidel
photo courtesy of Judy Hansen Pullos

About Mending Kids International

Mending Kids provides life-saving surgical care to children worldwide, including the United States. Over the years, thousands of children have received corrective, transformational surgeries that have given them a chance at longer, healthier, and happier lives. Most of the surgeries performed correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, and significant cranial facial deformities. Mending Kids’ work is accomplished in 63 countries, including the United States through four core programs: Overseas Surgical Missions, including the Sustainable Teaching Program; US Hometown Missions; Individual Surgical Care; and Training, Research, and Innovation.

About World Poker Tour

World Poker Tour (WPT) is the premier name in internationally televised gaming and entertainment with brand presence in land-based tournaments, television, online, and mobile. Leading innovation in the sport of poker since 2002, WPT ignited the global poker boom with the creation of a unique television show based on a series of high-stakes poker tournaments. WPT has broadcast globally in more than 150 countries and territories, and is currently producing its 15th season, which airs on FOX Sports Regional Networks in the United States. Season XV of WPT is sponsored by ClubWPT.com, a unique online membership site that offers inside access to the WPT, as well as a sweepstakes-based poker club available in 35 states across the United States. ClubWPT.com also sponsors Season 3 of the WPT Alpha8 series of super-high roller poker tournaments which airs on FOX Sports 1 in the United States. WPT also participates in strategic brand license, partnership, and sponsorship opportunities. WPT Enterprises Inc. is a subsidiary of Ourgame International Holdings, Ltd. For more information, go to WPT.com.

WPT Media Contact – Donnie Peters – donnie.peters@wpt.com

Mending Kids Media Contact – Dawn Miller – dawn@miller-pr.com

 

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy Hansen Pullos

Judy is a journalist and photographer. She lives in Southern California.

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Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 Designer Walter Mendez – Runway

Walter Mendez is one of the top clothing designers in Los Angeles, California. The Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 runway was the perfect event for him to showcase his award winning style and amazing designs.

Walter Mendez' full length gown were all the rage at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 runway. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Walter Mendez’ full length gown stunned the runway at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016 runway. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

 

His gowns are often seen on celebrities and many red carpets. His creations often feature dark colors and rich textures. His luxuriant styles appeal to women who love to feel beautiful. He designs haute couture fashions for young women as well as older, cosmopolitan ladies.

Walter Mendez full length gowns were all the rage at the Art Hearts Fashion Week LA 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Walter Mendez full length gowns were all the rage at the Art Hearts Fashion Week LA 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

The fashion photographers of Hollywood packed the Taglyan Events Center last night to get a glimpse of Walter Mendez’ gowns, dresses and his bridal collection. The dark blue, floor length Sienna Gown stunned with its long train and hour glass lines. It’s deep dark color added an air of mystery and sophistication. The crowd was enthusiastic as super models from around the globe strutted down the runway.

Instagram exploded with enthusiasm as photos were posted around the world from Walter Mendez' collection at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Instagram exploded with enthusiasm as photos were posted around the world from Walter Mendez’ collection at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

Walter has won many awards in the fashion industry such as the Designer of the Year by the World Networks. He continues to break boundaries by raising the bar in the fashion industry. The textures of the material he uses as well as an eye for quality make him one of the top designers at the 2016 Art Hearts Fashion Week Fall and Winter Showcase.

All eyes were on this dark gown with rich textures at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
All eyes were on this dark gown with rich textures at the Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Fall/Winter 2016. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

As a top designer that is sought out by celebrities. Walter remains grounded and philanthropic. He is generous with his time and loves to create eye catching gowns for his clientele.

Such iconic designs from Walter Mendez at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com
Such iconic designs from Walter Mendez at Art Hearts Fashion Week L.A. Photo courtesy BurrisAgency.com

View the Walter collection at 939 South Hill Street #103, Los Angeles, California, 90015. You can also call or text 213-947-3139 to purchase a gown.

Check out the Walter Collection website here;
http://www.waltercollection.com

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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The Madison & Mulholland Gift Bag for the Oscars 2016

The Oscars 2016, product placement company, Madison & Mulholland featured a super-sized 20’’gift bag filled with all items for travel, beauty, fashion, and the home. Here’s a look at over 25 of the brands featured!

 The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars
The Madison & Mulholland 2016 Ultimate Nominee Bag was gifted to celebrities & VIPs at the Oscars

Some of the top A-list celebrities receiving Madison & Mulholland included Amy Schumer, Angelina Jolie, Melissa McCarthy, Cate Blanchett, Charlize Theron, Diane Lane, Ellen DeGeneres, Jennifer Lawrence, Scarlett Johansson, Julia Roberts, Rooney Mara, and Rachel McAdams.

Kate Hudson featured her new athletic line Fabletics including a gift card for industry goers. The inspiration behind the brand is reaching consumers that are active whether they’re running a marathon or running around town. The brand is all about offering great workout apparel at a more affordable price point.

A Red Carpet Favorite was the “Regal” vintage-inspired necklace by Madison & Mulholland, which retails for $250 perfect for a LBD or collared top!

The "Regal" Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events
The “Regal” Vintage necklace looks great at VIP events

 

Leather-maker, Laundi Vindi’s fine leather goods were also inside this years Oscars bag allowing industry goers a $500 gift card. Laundi Vindi boasts handpicked leathers known for their beauty and durability.

A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention on any red carpet
A gorgeous leather handbag from Laudi Vidni sure to get attention at any VIP event

Yarnpop.com was also featured in this year’s products offering a beautiful tote to taking your knitting projects with you on the go!

Travel On featured a Cosmetic Travel Bag, Multipurpose Packing Cube, and 18’’ Wheeled carry-on. Travel On is known for their Anti-Theft bags,which are gaining notoriety in the travel industry.

Perpetual Shade Luxury Eye Masks provided travel eye masks that said “HATER BLOCKERS!” ($69)

Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range
Gig Headphones are an amazing product with a dynamic range

Gig Headphones were another popular item in this years bag. I recently used the Gigs headphones on a flight back to New York and was amazed with the sound quality and durability.

Industry professionals were also treated to Tee Time Gold Cards valued at $5000 to be used at over seven thousand courses worldwide. Other great travel offers in this year’s bag included The Hotel Card offering $5000 in hotel bookings.

Other accessories included iPhone cases by Naw Jack, which features Corium designs along with BUCO bags featuring coin purses perfect for keys, credit cards, and of course lip gloss ($98)! Infinity headbands by Ambrosia Designs also featured a stunning rhinestone headband perfect for any age! Proceeds from all sales go to girls in foster organizations within South Florida.

Other charitable goods included Luxchilas Bags who support the women of the Wayuu Tribe of Colombia. The brand is known worldwide for their luxury “Wayuu Mochila” bag. The bright, geometrical design of Luxchilas brings life to any outfit.

RetroSpecs & Co. included their yellow Optyl frames from circa 1960-80s ($69). Retro Specs aim is to preserve the revolutionary designs of eyewear from the past.

An assortment of beauty products filled Madison & Mulholland’s Oscar bag from Sea Radiance who featured their gentle cleanser and rapid eye lift along with certificate for $100 towards lasers, botox, and fillers at Dr. Debra Jaliman’s clinic at 931 Fifth Ave, New York.

An Idaho favorite, Mirai, is a Japanese inspired product with natural healing powers (persimmon green tea extract, coconut oils, and others). The Mirai Clinical Body Care Collection included Purifying & Deodorizing Body Wash, Deodorizing Body Bar, Purifying & Deodorizing Spritzer ($94).

Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2-16 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters
Mirai Clinical was honored to have its body care collection selected for inclusion at the 2016 Ultimate Nominee Gift bag, which was given to this year’s Oscar nominees and A-List presenters

Le Metier De Beaute gifted anti-aging complex liquid foundation, a kaleidoscope of cheek color, Amelie crimson lip color, along with liquid eye liner ($300 value). Bliss included their ever-popular Fab Girl décolleté and bust soufflé.

Other health and beauty products included Zarabee’s Naturals Honey Cough Soothers, Cough & Throat Relief, and Immune Support Vitamin Drink Mix ($8).

Other novelty items included Susan Miller founder of Astrologyzone.com who featured wall and pocket planners/calendars with art by the renowned artist Izak Zenou.

Cholocation’s ($50) and Think Thin sweetened up the gift bag with Salted Carmels infused with protein powder.

Libations in this years bag were provided by Avon Silver Tequila ($50) and Powell & Mahoney Craft Cocktail mixers ($8).

For the home, Italian Luxury designer, Pratesi featured its ascetically pleasing pillows with fun and intricate designs. Parker Wool gifted its Longwool luxurious sheepskin cushions perfect for the home office or bedroom.

With so many amazing brands to experience, Madison & Mulholland outdid themselves this Oscars season!

Liz Fraley

Liz is a freelance writer residing in Beverly Hills, California.

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The 67th Primetime Emmy Awards Governors Ball 2015

Ha Phuong looking stunning on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong looking stunning on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris

Once the formalities of the award ceremony were completed, the A-list television stars celebrated their nominations and wins at the first party of the night: The Emmy’s Governors Ball.

The theme for the night, and quite fittingly so was, ‘Reigning With Radiance’. And spotted in all her glamorous radiance was actress and recording artist, Ha Phuong wearing an elegant Quynh Paris floor length gown in fuchsia. Equally as stunning was actress Jennifer Day wearing a contrasting white couture gown. The two A-listers looked as beautiful as they did radiant.

Ha Phuong with Emmy winner Regina King. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong with Emmy winner Regina King. Photo courtesy Winston Burris

No stranger to being photographed with her contemporaries, Ha Phuong continued to dazzle throughout the night, stopping to pose with actress and TV host Tia Barr, and Grammy nominated and winner of Outstanding Supporting Actress in a Limited Series, Regina King. Ha Phuong’s jewelled clutch purse as the perfect accessory looked every bit as impressive as Regina’s trophy. Ha Phuong may not have won an award but with her flawless skin and beautiful pose, she looked every inch a star at the Emmy’s Governors Ball.

Ha Phuong and Tia Barr on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Ha Phuong and Tia Barr on the red carpet. Photo courtesy Winston Burris
Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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Actress and Journalist Vida Ghaffari to be honored by West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce

On June 18, 2015, grant and award-winning journalist and talented actress and voiceover artist, Vida Ghaffari, will receive a special honor for her career achievements by the West Los Angeles Chamber of Commerce at Delphi Greek Restaurant

Actress Cida Ghaffari on the red carpet
Actress Vida Ghaffari on the red carpet

June 16, 2015 – WESTWOOD, Calif. — Roozbeh Farahanipour, The Chamber’s President and the owner of Delphi Greek, which is located at 1383 Westwood Boulevard, will be bestowing this honor upon Vida. “As a journalist, I have always loved covering events in the West LA area and love the sense of community there. I am so honored to receive this commendation from Roozbeh and the Chamber, especially since it’s one of the largest and oldest Chambers in Southern California, and because they are so community minded,” says Vida.

In addition to distinguished Chamber members and government officials, numerous celebrities are scheduled to appear in support of Vida’s event such as Legendary Oscar winner Margaret O’Brien ( Meet Me in St. Louis, Little Women), President of the Southern California Motion Picture Council and actor Randal Malone (Dr. Jekyll and Mr. Hyde, Dahmer vs. Gacy), Legendary actor James Hong (Kung Fu Panda 3, Mulan), Kate Linder (The Young and The Restless), Bai Ling (Crank: High Voltage, Finding Julia), John Blyth Barrymore (Mansion of Blood, Mata Hari), Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, Legendary Iranian actresses Apick Youssefian (The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam, Cry of the Village) and her daughter Mary Apick (Homeland, Price for Freedom), James Wilder (3 Holes and a Smoking Gun, Melrose Place), Film Composer David Raiklen (Mia, A Dancer’s Journey, Space Command Redemption), actor and journalist Harrison Held (Jimmy Kimmel Live, Hollywood Icons) and Rob Roy Thomas, TV showrunner (Free Ride, How to Cheat on Your Wife), creator of the “soft scripted” method, are scheduled to attend. Because of Vida’s long standing relationship with the fashion community, designers such as Sue Wong, and Sonia ETE, Edison Cortez of Thomas and Edison, Shekhar Rahate, Julia Clancey and Rita Mezrahi of Claires Collections, are also scheduled to turn out. This star-studded event will also have royalty in attending such as HH Prince Maximillian Ferdinand Von Anhalt of Germany and HH Prince Mario-Max Schaumburg Lippe, Nachod of Germany, and HRH Qajar Persian Princess Mandana FarmanFarmaian. and others will be there to show their support to Vida, who will have influential and well regarded international, national and local media covering this event.

In addition to being a very successful journalist and a HPC founder, Vida is best known for her apperances on the television comedies, Mind of Mencia and The Mindy Project. She will soon be seen in the films Pond Scum, Natural Born Killers, Seeking Valentina and Strangers in a Book. She is also about to launch her own blog about entertainment and fashion, So Very Vida.More about Vida at http://www.imdb.me/vidaghaffari

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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