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
All of Hollywood was a buzz, as noted actress, voice over artist and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Jimmy Kimmel Live) just had the exclusive, jam packed launch party for her self-titled blog, www.soveryvida.com, at the glitzy W Hotel Hollywood on June 29th. Ever the media maven, Vida hosted the event in conjunction with www.theworldnetworks.com, which was founded by savvy entrepreneur LousineKaribian.
Aligning with the W was on point with Vida’s brand as she has showcased many high end events in the luxury goods market such as the Rand Review, exclusive Oscar and Emmy Gifting Suites, front row coverage of LA Fashion Week, The Film Fashion Awards and countless other high-tier, private events. “Hollywood is such an integral part of my career and I’m honored that I got the chance to collaborate with Lousine, The World Networks and the W for this event. Lousine is a real visionary and she has created such a wonderful organization that really empowers all types of entrepreneurs especially women, which is what I strive to do with my blog and in all aspects of my media career. More than anything though, I was touched by the support of so many friends and colleagues coming out to support me. Though I do go to events as a blogger, it can often be a very solitary experience as it is full of deadlines and mastering word press and constantly in a state of follow up and pursuit of what is timely and blog-worthy. So to see all my fabulous guests there for me, on a very warm night in Hollywood, with at least 6 big events going from the Paley Center, to a ZacEfron premiere, and even a Paris Hilton perfume launch, well, I’m truly excited and grateful for all of this warmth and support. I also wanted to thank the lovely ladies at the LA Fashion Magazine as well as the staff from Malin + Goetz, who stopped by as well as my amazing hair and makeup teams, Maryam from Chic Look, and Jade and her wonderful Moonstar Cosmetics and Starving Artists Project team,” said Ghaffari. Vida was dressed in a Sue Wong gown, her hair was by MaryamMotaghy of Chic Look Salon in Valley Village, CA. Vida’s head makeup artist was Jade Martinez, founder and CEO of Moonstar Cosmetics. She was assisted by makeup artists LiliaYeremyan and her sister Sher Yeremyan, who is the owner of Mazi Salon in Glendale, CA.
Numerous celebrities and attended this event such as celebrated actor Ford Austin (Bosch, Dahmer vs Gacy, Facebook Live with Ford and Vida), his wife, Emmy-winning producer Lauree Dash, Kate Linder (The Young and the Restless, Mother’s Day), Actress/Radio Personality Amber Lynn (Host ofRock’N’SeXXXy Uncensored, star of Who’s Jenna?), PejVahdat (Bones-series regular, Shameless), Larry Thomas (Seinfeld), Isaac C. Singleton Jr. (Deadpool, Guardians of the Galaxy), Assaf Cohen (American Sniper, Entourage), Gabriel Jarret (Real Genius), Carrie Lazar (The Magnificent Seven), Rico E. Anderson (Star Trek: Horizon, the Fosters), Kim Estes (Fresh Off the Boat, Pretty Little Liars), Cecilia Specht (Scandal, Partners), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), actor/filmmaker/on-air host Tyrone Tann (Lavanderia,Blooob, Stauros Entertainment), Hoyt Richards (The Mangled, Intersection),Reatha Grey (Off Their Rockers, Betrothed), Anna Easteden (Two and a Half Men), actress/model Max Wasa (House of Manson, Playboy Playmate), actress and model Dani Sciacca (The Witch Chronicles 2), Jon Mack (Blunt Force Trauma, Saw 6), Michelle Bernard (Any Given Sunday, Grease Live!), Actress and model Miki Black (CSI: NY, Maxim,Benchwarmer), Mandy Amano (Teeth and Blood, Crank: High Voltage), Actress/model Natasha Blasick (Days of Our Lives), Musician Martin Blasick, Actress/model Lisa Cash (General Hospital, Maxim St. Patty’s Day girl), entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, and filmmaker Steven Aryamlooi (My Girlfriend’s Back, Love…& Other Four Letter Words) as well as internationally renowned fashion designer Sue Wong, HSH Rudolf KniaseMelikoff (Kingdoms of Armenia, Georgia, and Imperial Russia). Also in attendance upper echelon of style makers and influencers such as RachelMcCord of the popular McCord List, Motown Maurice and others to show their support for Vida and her thriving blog. The gift bags were full of great juices courtesy of Bai, products from Adin of California, GreenFish premium detergent and a copy of The LA Fashion Magazine, who was a media partner. Supporters for the event were Jhenyaby Melanie Gasparyan, LululemonAthletica, Dawn Christie and Sue Wong.
ABOUT VIDA GHAFFARI
Born and raised in the DC area, Vida Ghaffari comes from a long line of renowned diplomats, scholars, actors/directors, writers, and poets and knows her way around high-end fashion and glamour. Vida wants to uphold the family tradition through the arts and the media. She has been active on the Tinsel town scene as an accomplished actress, journalist, a voiceover artist, and industry insider. With her rich, smart, and sassy signature voice, Vida works steadily as a voiceover artist. Vida recently voiced two characters in the award-winning animated film “Lovesick Fool” created by Emmy-nominated director Dominic Polcino (“The Simpsons,” “Family Guy,” and “King of the Hill”). Acclaimed actors Fred Willard, Lisa Kudrow, and JaneaneGarofalo also voiced roles in this film. This comedic powerhouse landed a great co-starring role in Mindy Kaling’s humorous and much buzzed about show “The Mindy Project.” She has also starred in Comedy Central’s “Mind of Mencia“. These projects cap off a number of successes for the versatile starlet. She will soon be shooting a supporting role in multi award-winning filmmaker Gregory Hatanaka’s “Darling Nikki” alongside James Duval (“Independence Day,”Donnie Darko“), Kristine DeBell(“Meatballs”), Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s “Game of Death,””Black Belt Jones”). She will also star in “Copperhead Creek” opposite James Van Patten (of “Saw” fame), which is a western by Rick Groat. Vida is also nominated for a Best Actress award at the coveted Love International Film Festival which starts today. Vida’s multi award-winning blog was named by On Trend Magazine as a blog to watch. More info about Vida via facebook, twitter, and instagram at her handles @VidaGhaffari and @soveryvida. More info about Vida at www.soveryvida.com
ABOUT THE WORLD NETWORKS:
The World Networks is, as its name implies, an international networking group created and developed by its CEOLousineKaribian in 2011. To its immense credit, this networking group has members from nearly every country on the globe. Karibian is also the CEO and founder of The Armenian American Network (TAAN), which she started in October, 2010. After she had founded TAAN, Karibian’s contacts from different backgrounds asked her, “Could you do this for our people as well?” And so was born The World Networks organization to bridge various ethnic and geographic communities. Not only is LousineKaribian the entrepreneur’s entrepreneur, but she is also most certainly the net worker’s net worker, having built her company, The World Networks, into a truly global enterprise. She is also a terrific marketing person, as her clients will attest. More info via facebook and instagram at her handle @theworldnetworks and at www.TheWorldNetworks.com
We at the Hollywood Press Corps want to convey our condolences to renowned fashion designer Sue Wong for the loss of her dear mother.
The memorial for her mom was a lovely tribute to an amazing lady. We think Sue said it best when honoring her dear mother, so we have posted her moving eulogy for her dearly departed below…
EULOGY FOR MY BELOVED MOTHER
A long time ago, seemingly in another lifetime, I was born into humble circumstances in a remote rural countryside in southern China. At the age of five, I was spirited away from Maoist China by the courageous leap of my mother, who risked all to be reunited with my father–the one love of her life. She courageously bribed a border guard with her wedding jewelry sewn into a small pillow, who released us to our freedom in free British Hong Kong…
My beloved Mother has transitioned into the realm of Spirit, and is now an Angel of Light. She succumbed to the congestive heart failure that had plagued her for the last three years, as well as to the dementia that had tragically ravaged her memory. I am relieved that she is finally at peace and and has joined the ranks of Angels. I know that she was greeted by all those who loved her and that she is now reunited with my father and my two brothers for all Eternity…Losing one’s Mother is a major rite of passage and a huge milestone in our lives. Ultimately, I am deeply consoled by the comforting knowledge that Flesh corrupts but Love and Spirit are forever imperishable and eternal–LOVE NEVER DIES…In the end, we are returned back to the stardust Source from whence we came. We are all passing through this temporal and transitory realm of human existence only. We are here to live, to love, to learn our lessons and then we move onward to continue our cosmic journey of soul progression. I am grieving but also releasing my Mother’s spirit back to the Stars, the Galaxies, the Cosmos and beyond. I hope for her soul to be set free so that she can soar in her spirit’s flight and odyssey of self-evolution.
My Mother was truly the most generous, magnanimous, loving spirit, and a huge guiding force and presence in my life–I am eternally indebted for the immense and immeasurable love that she so unconditionally gave to me and to all whom she embraced. As well, my Mother was my most important teacher of Truth and Light… I will miss her most profoundly, deeply–more than words can ever describe…
My recent casting in the film adaptation of THE JADE PENDANT came to me at a propitious time. I am sensitively aware of the dual nature of existence, when messages from the sub-conscious filter to the surface and manifest themselves in REAL time. We never quite understand the profundity of life, until we observe its entire panoramic tapestry. I felt drawn to the story when I saw the obvious strong connections between the characters that originated from the Taishan region, the land of our ancestry. The Taishan region of southern China where my parents and I came from produced the first Chinese settlers in America. My own Great, Great-Grandfather worked on the railroads near Sacramento in the 1800’s and directly contributed the building of America. This resonates profoundly with my parent’s story of sacrifice and determination–the migration to America being the very core focus for opportunities and economic success that were promised on Gold Mountain. The film is a very timely and compelling film adaptation of the celebrated novel, THE JADE PENDANT. It is an epic love story that takes place in the United States circa 1871 between two Chinese immigrants in Los Angeles. The novel was written by L.P. Leung nearly forty years ago, and the film is directed by Po Chih Leong, and we are blessed with both of their presence at my Mother’s memorial today.
As the fates would conspire in profound ways, proving that there is always a much higher power that guides us, my Mother wore a jade pendant for sixty years which she held very close to her heart. It carried an insurmountable significance of making her immigrant dream a manifest reality–an incomparable reminder in my life of what she and my Father accomplished through sacrifice and tenacity. Jade carries powerful significance in the Chinese culture, not only because of its beauty, but more importantly its meaning and humanity.I now hold my Mother’s jade pendant in my hands and her immeasurable generosity of spirit, her virtue, wisdom, and unending loyalty and devotion sing the anthem of her enormous and courageous soul that will resonate forever in my heart. Everything I am today and have accomplished, I owe to my Mother. She IS the beauty of my Jade Pendant in a most powerful, multi-dimensional, sacred way–my priceless jewel that reflects everything I stand for—characteristics that are a prerequisite to integrity, honor and excellence. …I am honored that she was my Mother, the strong Goddess-Nurturer who gave me the gift of LIFE…
Last week, I journeyed to the set of THE JADE PENDANT, filming my scenes in the movie and understood that my Mother’s spirit was at the core of my involvement in this project. The timing of recent events – in conjunction with this fine quality film adaptation–were indeed a message from the Universe. My Mother will always be my most sacred teacher and I am honored to cast the Light of my sacred gem (from her life journey and trajectory of her Jade Pendant) as an inspiration to this fine movie project, THE JADE PENDANT… And so the noble truths and the profound teachings of Beauty, Love and Light–all that which inspires and uplifts the Human Spirit is continued in perpetuity…My Mother and her sacred Jade Pendant will live in my heart forever.
Thank you to all my dearest friends and members of my clan—-who so generously gave of your kindness and heart to my sweet Mother. For those who have been kind enough to send your lovely thoughts, flowers, and to attend this service, my family and I thank you a THOUSAND folds for your thoughtfulness and care. May her spirit now in full radiance return all your love and may she bestow upon you all her blessings in reciprocity so that the precious gift of Love is now complete–in an eternal full circle of hope, love and compassion.
In the final analysis, when all is said and done, it is one thing alone that conquers all and that which immortalizes our existence here on earth: LOVE. Love transcends all, aspires to all things and unites even loved-ones divided by the physical boundaries of mortal existence. I still vibrantly feel my Mother’s love all around me–she is transcendently everywhere and I am so blessed to know the greatest blessing she gifted me with–LOVE; then, now and forever…