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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga

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Artists For Trauma models Michael Kors at In Store Fashion Show at Macy’s Topanga

Sunday, September 17th from 2 pm -4 pm, Artists For Trauma (AFT) in conjunction with the upscale Macy’s Topanga and the noted Michael Kors line will present a fashion show with AFT adaptive models.

AFT Founder and President Laura Sharpe. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages

“These six chosen models are adored by their community and are not only gorgeous, but physically and mentally strong, having persevered through life challenges that most of us will never know.” – Laura T. Sharpe, Artists For Trauma Founder and CEO.

AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin and his wife Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash. Photo courtesy of Albert L. Ortega/Gettyimages
AFT model and artist Richard Bell. Photo courtesy of Michael Bezjian/Gettyimages

WHO: Numerous celebrities and VIPs expected at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, the founder of Artists for Trauma, AFT model and celebrated actor Ford Austin (Live By Night, Bosch), his wife, Emmy award-winning producer Lauree Dash (The Doctors, Access Hollywood), actress and fashion blogger Vida Ghaffari (The Mindy Project, Holy Terror, So Very Vida), noted filmmaker Massimiliano Cerchi (Mayday, The Night Shift), Chanel Ryan (The Late Late Show with James Cordon, Dead Sea) other AFT models such as noted artist Richard Bell, Tobias Forrest, actress Mia Schaikewitz (Push Girls), actress Vanessa Osman and Janelle Hinshaw. Also in attendance are actors James Cavlo (Raising Hope, Carly), Tatyana Figueiredo (Suicide Squad, The Business), Casey Burke (The Middle, 20th Cen- tury Women), Joey Lutheran (The Long Road Home, Modern Family), Kacey Fifield (Game Shakers, React to That), Siaki Si’l (Crazy Ex-Girlfriend, Austin and Ally), Kiana Lyz Rivera (Major Crimes, The Immigrant), Kendall Monroe, Entertainment attorney Nadia Davari, Founder and CEO of The World Networks Lousine Karibian and Social Media Influencer Ilmar Molder.

 

AFT model and actress Vanessa Osman
AFT model and actress Mia Schaikewitz from Push Girls

WHEN: September 17th,
press check-in 12:30pm

red carpet 1-2pm fashion show 2-4

WHERE: Macy’s Topanga, 21900 Vanowen St, Canoga Park, CA 91304
PARKING: Free parking at Topanga MALL ATTIRE: Upscale Casual

Artists For Trauma, founded by trauma survivor Laura Sharpe in 2011, was inspired by her personal journey to recovery from life altering trauma. Sharpe connected with the world of art as a source of healing from her near-mortal wounds. AFT reveals and shares the blueprint of Sharpe’s astonishing re- covery to help other civilian and military trauma survivors positively reconnect with themselves, their families and their communities.

The AFT organization aims to expedite recovery through artistic expression and human connection, providing a creative portal to help patients process complex emotions, regain confidence and build self- acceptance after suffering a traumatic experience.

More info about Artists For Trauma : http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

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 se- lection of top fashion brands including Ralph Lauren, Calvin Klein, Clinique, Estee Lauder & Levis. In addition to shoes and clothing, Macy’s has a wide variety of housewares, gifts and furniture.

Macy’s will also have a VIP sale that day from 2-4pm with an extra 30% off on designers that rarely go on sale and 15% off any beauty purchase with your Macy’s card.

More info about Macys Topanga: https://l.macys.com/canoga-park-ca

Michael Kors is a world-renowned, award-winning designer of luxury accessories and ready-to-wear. His namesake company, established in 1981, currently produces a range of products under his signa- ture Michael Kors Collection and MICHAEL Michael Kors labels. These products include accessories, footwear, watches, jewelry, men’s and women’s ready-to-wear, eyewear and a full line of fragrance products.

More info about Michael Kors: https://www.michaelkors.com/

RSVP: Please send talent and press submissions to williamsonmgmt@gmail.com, for the charity’s outreach and marketing/pr committees.

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/
More info about Macys Topanga: https://l.macys.com/canoga-park-ca More info about Michael Kors: https://www.michaelkors.com/

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Mending Kids Announces Global Pop Sensation G.E.M as Global Celebrity Ambassador

Los Angeles, CA – Mending Kids International, a non-profit organization known for providing life-changing operations in over 63 countries, announced today a new partnership with global pop phenomenon, G.E.M. The superstar who has five number 1 albums in China and reaches more than 30 million followers on social media, will be a new Global Celebrity Ambassador forming a long-term relationship with the organization. The non-profit raises funds to have the world’s leading surgeons visit and provide life-changing and life-saving pediatric surgical care that could never have been provided before, free of charge.

As a part of this new relationship Mending Kids will also become the official charity that G.E.M supports on her new “Queen of Hearts” world tour. Kicking off on April 1 in Guangzhou, the tour will spend the majority of 2017 in China and later this year expand to other areas of Asia and in 2018 the USA and Europe. Mending Kids’ will be integrated into the tour and at the start of every show fans will see a video about Mending Kids organization, showcasing the great work they do worldwide for children.

Mending Kids

The singer will also be “hands on” and active with the charity throughout her tour and will make several visits to Mending Kids surgical sites and be a part of several of the missions. The first of which is already confirmed and scheduled for Luoyang on April 30, after performing in the area on April 29, the next day G.E.M will meet with the representatives of Mending Kids to learn about the current issues they are facing. Following this she will tour the local orphanage and meet with the children who are either waiting for surgery or have recently completed it. G.E.M will also take part in photos and video that the charity will be able to use for its future marketing and promotional purposes.

G.E.M.

In addition to this, as a Global Ambassador, G.E.M has generously offered to donate $1.00 of each piece of tour merchandise sold back to Mending Kids, therefore personally helping fund many future missions and surgeries.

Since 2006, Mending Kids’ has provided more than 3,000 complex surgeries to children from all over the world. Many of the surgeries provided correct congenital heart defects, orthopedic abnormalities, severe scoliosis, urological defects, and facial deformities to children from small villages in underdeveloped regions. Children’s lives are changed from private donations, the generosity of volunteer medical staff, donors, ambassadors, and more. Other restrictions such as finances, lack of knowledge on public programs, or denials from government agencies prevent children from receiving serious and transformational surgeries. With these surgeries and the help of G.E.M.’s public presence, the awareness of these programs and cause will reach new heights on a global measure.

Mending Kids

Speaking about G.E.M becoming the new Celebrity Ambassador for Mending Kids, Marchelle Sellers, Executive Director of Mending Kids said, “We couldn’t be more thrilled to partner with a superstar of such epic proportions as G.E.M.! Our work can only do so much but with someone like G.E.M onboard we know our mission will reach further than we’ve ever been able to before. We can’t wait to see the impact this will bring to all the less fortunate children out there in need. We’re thankful to G.E.M for her passion and desire to be a part of Mending Kids.”

G.E.M added: “I’m honored to join forces with Mending Kids as their new Global Celebrity Ambassador. I’ve been looking for a cause that I can support and I immediately I fell in love with Mending Kids because they truly make a difference in children’s lives and for me to be a part of that, brings me great happiness. I find it heartbreaking that there are so many children out there who are suffering, not able to receive the serious, life-saving procedures they need to survive or live a comfortable life. I hope that through my tour and my own personal visits and efforts I can bring more awareness and funds to this incredible cause. I’ve been incredibly fortunate and every day I’m thankful for that and now I realize what’s next for me is to also give-back, help others, especially children, and I couldn’t be more thrilled to have a partner like Mending Kids to do this with.”

Check out the link here;

https://www.mendingkids.org

 

 

 

 

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Brain Mapping Foundation Conference and Gala

The Society for Brain Mapping and Therapeutics (“SBMT”), Brain Mapping Foundation (“BMF”), and the National Center for NanoBioElectonics (“NCNBE”) held their 14th Annual World Brain Mapping and Therapeutics Conference at the swanky Millennium Biltmore Hotel in downtown Los Angeles. SBMT was founded in 2004 to break boundaries in healthcare and to promote global interdisciplinary research to improve the diagnosis, treatment, and rehabilitation of patients with central nervous system diseases and disorders. I was unable to attend, but was so impressed with the mission of this foundation that I was compelled to write a post and here it is.

“This year, there are 320 speakers and 12 keynote speakers who addressed state-of-the-art brain science and technology, and pioneering diagnostics therapeutics for Alzheimer’s Disease, Parkinson’s Disease, brain and spinal trauma, brain cancer, psychiatric disorders, the Autism spectrum, Post-Traumatic Stress Disorder (“PTSD”), as well as all other neurological disorders,” said Dr. Wes Ashford, Clinical Professor of Stanford University (affiliated), Director of The War Related Illness & Injury Study Center at the VA Palo Alto HCS and the 14th President of SBMT (2016-17). “This year, several sessions of the conference will focus on translation, integration and development of advanced diagnostics and therapeutics for soldiers, veterans and civilians with neurological disorders.”

Annually, the Society and the Brain Mapping Foundation recognizes pioneers in the field of brain mapping and therapeutics with distinguished awards. The Brain Mapping Foundation is holding its “Gathering for the Cure” black tie gala on Thursday, April 20th at the Millennium Biltmore Hotel to celebrate pioneering work of some of the world’s leading scientists, technologists, policymakers, and science advocates.

 

“We had a very competitive pool of applicants this year who are truly remarkable individuals as people and pioneers in their respective fields for which they were selected,” said Dr. Vicky Yamamoto, USC-Keck School of Medicine Cancer Scientist, Executive Director of SBMT, Member of the Board of Brain Mapping Foundation and Co-chair of the Award Committee. “We are truly delighted to recognize the contributions of these colleagues to the field of clinical neuroscience.”

 

The 2017 award recipients are as follows: Professors George Ojemann (Pioneer in epilepsy neurosurgery) and John Adler (inventor of Cyberknife) the recipients of the Pioneer in Medicine award; Congressman Jerry McNerney the recipient of Pioneer in Healthcare Policy Award, Professor Afsaneh Rabiei is recipient of the Pioneer in Technology Development; Travis Roy recipient of Beacon of Courage and Dedication; Golden Axon award for leadership is given to Drs. Wes Ashford (2016-17 President of SBMT), Michael Roy (2012-13 President of SBMT) and Drs. Nasser Kashou, Ajeet Kaushik, Alexander Stahn are the recipients of Young Investigator award.

Dr. Peter Diamandis, Chairman of XPrize, is the keynote speaker at the Brain Mapping Foundation “Gathering for Cure” gala who will be speaking about global innovation.

“SBMT and its science committee includes over 80 scientists that have built this program over the last 16 months”, said the 2018 President Elect of SBMT, Dr. Warren Boling, chairman of the Department of Neurosurgery at Loma Linda University (“LLU”). He added “LLU, City of Hope, and Cedars Sinai Medical Center co-sponsored this world class scientific program for its Continuing Medical education (“CME”) accreditation.”

This remarkable scientific program is supported by industry leaders including: Fiagon, Fulgent Diagnostics, Space Bio-Laboratories Co., Ltd, Siemens Healthcare, Medtronic, Codman, Stryker, KLS Martin, Ad-Tech, Zeiss, Anatom-e, Nordic Neuro Lab (“NNL”), Synaptive Medical, Integra , PMT Corporation, HarleQuin Recruiting, Med Valley Home Healthcare Inc, Jupiter 9 Production, CariCord,  Neurotrope BioScience, California Neurosurgical Institute, Nuvasive, the Law office of Nadia Davari, Planet Street Digital Marketing, Apex Photo Studios, Keri Ann Kimball of Kimball Entertainment, Joe Williamson of Williamson Management, SoVeryVida and Neuronavigation Dinamics.

The scientific program of 2017 SBMT annual meeting has 320 speakers and 12 keynote speakers including Congressman Jerry McNerney, Space Traveler and Engineer Anousheh Ansari, Drs. Gary Small (UCLA), Laligam Sekhar (UW), George Ojemann (UW), Mark Humayun (USC), Wes Ashford (Stanford/VA Palo Alto HCS), Warren Boling (LLU), Kyu Rhee (IBM Watson Health), Dean Yamaguchi (Department of Veterans Affair), and RADM Colin Chinn (Defense Health Agency).

“The Brain Mapping Foundation has been on the forefront of wounded warrior care for 14 years by bringing together world leading scientists” said Ret. Navy Commander Dr. Ken Green. “We have engaged NASA centers, NASA Human Health and Performance, National Labs, Departments of Energy, Commerce, State, Defense, Navy, Army, Air Force, and Defense Health Agency, in our G20 Global Brain Mapping Initiative (Neuroscience-20) aimed at rapidly introducing diagnostics and therapeutics in the field.”

Many Hollywood celebrities including:  Tim Kring, Jim Kwik, Matthew Rhodes, Charlie Corwin, James Hong, Kate Linder, Hank Garrett, Mel Novak, Aki Aleong, Navid Negahban, Ken Davitian, Eden Sassoon, Gary Graham, Jimmy Jean-Louis, James Kyson, Dru Mouser, Sophia Milos, Vida Ghaffari, Alison Arngrim, Jarrod Bunch, Max Amini, NFL player Alec Ogletree, Andrew Jang, Tony Denison, Rachel Sterling of Pussycat Dolls, Shanica Knowles, Sean Kanan, Apick Youssefian, Mary Apick, fashion designer Sue Wong, and entrepreneur and publisher Miguel R. Forbes were in attendance at the “Gathering for Cure” gala.

For more information about the “Gathering for Cure” gala registration and donation to the foundation please visit: www.BrainMappingFoundation.Org and for more information about the Society and convention registration for the 14th Annual World Brain Mapping Conference and Gala please visit: www.WorldBrainMapping.Org

All photos courtesy of Bob Delgadillo/PR Photos

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The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle of Malibu Bluffs

Malibu, CA – The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle just went down in Malibu on Sunday, November 13th. This event was inspired by a tragic accident that occurred with Malibu resident, Emily Shane, back in 2010. Emily was struck by a homicidal driver while walking along Pacific Coast Highway. Her death was so tragic and devastating for her parents. Her father, Michel and mother, Ellen, have gone on to create the Emily Shane Foundation. Emily’s motto was, “Dance, love, sing, live” She had a powerful message for an eighth grader and the Emily Shane Foundation allows her unique world vision to be carried on. The foundation provides role models and mentors to at risk middle school kids. The fee for the children enrolled in the program is that they must “pay it forward” by doing a good deed in exchange for the mentoring.
Here’s a link to the Emily Shane Foundation website on Facebook ;

https://m.facebook.com/emilyshanefoundation/

A donation of just $10.00 allows a mentor to tutor a disadvantaged youth for one hour.  Please donate if you can.

Actress and environmentalist, Hayden Begley with producer and Emily's father, Michel Shane
Actress and environmentalist, Hayden Begley with producer and Emily’s father, Michel Shane

The bluffs above Malibu was such a great place to hold the event. There were locals, celebrities and people who just happened to be at the park that day. Tables were set up that explained why butterflies and bees are so important. For example, butterflies (Order: Lepidoptera) are brightly colored flying insects with two pairs of large wings that vary in color and pattern from species to species. Furthermore, butterfly wings are covered with overlapping rows of tiny scales, butterflies share this feature with other lepidopterans known as moths. Milk weed plants were gifted to those interested at the event. Monarch butterflies cannot survive without milkweed. Both bees and butterflies play an important and vital role in pollination of plants and the production of California’s agriculture.

Releasing the butterflies. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps
Releasing the butterflies. Photo courtesy the Hollywood Press Corps

The event itself was festive, fun and featured live music. There were celebrities in attendance such as Marina Anderson. Marina is known for acting and coaching and resurrecting David Carradine’s acting career in Kill Bill. Also in attendance was Michel Shane who is Emily’s Dad and is a founder of Hand Picked Films. Michael Shane has produced a long list of successful films including the
Oscar nominated and multiaward winning Spielberg directed film, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio and “I, Robot” with Will Smith. Actress Hayden Begley was in attendance. Hayden is an actress and singer from Malibu, California. Hayden’s grandfather is Academy Award winner and Broadway actor, Ed Begley
(Sr.) and her dad is actor and renown environmentalist, Ed Begley Jr.

Ellen Shane making announcements while Robin Hill prepares to sing
Ellen Shane making announcements while Robin Hill prepares to sing

There were locals, little kids and people from all over. The event featured a raffle and silent auction to benefit the foundation. The release of the thousand butterflies was special. People were gathered in a giant circle to get close to the boxes that contained the butterflies. Once the butterflies were released, they exploded into the air. There were butterflies everywhere. People were bending over to get a glimpse of the butterflies before they flew away. Some people were experts in letting butterflies land gently on their hands. Other people weren’t so gentle.

A butterfly prepares to fly away
A butterfly prepares to fly away

The One Thousand Butterfly Miracle in Malibu Bluffs Park on 2016 was such a great success. The community came together to support a great cause and remember an innocent little girl who was taken too soon.



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ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT HOLDS FUNDRAISER SUPPORTING MALCOLM YOUNG’S FIGHT WITH DEMENTIA

(Hollywood, California) – Ultimate Jam Night, (www.ultimatejamnight.com)  the long-running weekly free music show held at the famed Whisky A Go Go will turn its upcoming Tuesday night edition on November 15th at 8 PM PST into a live broadcast fundraiser honoring AC/DC rock icon Malcolm Young and benefiting the Alzheimer’s Association. The event will be broadcast worldwide via Zinna.TV.

youngYoung struggled with the onset of dementia for a period of time prior to being admitted to full-time nursing care in Sydney, Australia beginning in 2014.

Malcolm Young of AC/DC
Malcolm Young of
AC/DC

A collection of well known rockers will participate in a more than 2 hour “jam” of AC/DC songs. Included among them will be former AC/DC drummer Simon Wright.

To donate to The Alzheimer’s Association and the Ultimate Jam Night Walk to End Alzheimer’s team, simply go to act.alz.org/goto/RockOutALZ and click on “donate” and then scroll down and click on “donate to the team”. Monies raised support local programs of the Alzheimer’s Association California Southland Chapter, as well as funding research and advocacy efforts.

“Malcolm Young created not only music, but an era” said Ultimate Jam Night founder and Quiet Riot Bassist, Chuck Wright. “According to the Alzheimer’s Association, 5.4 million Americans have Alzheimer’s and other related dementias, so this terrible affliction affects many more like Malcolm” said, Wright.

For up-to-the-minute news about the event please visit facebook.com/ultimatejamnight for updates leading up to Tuesday’s 8 PM showtime.

ABOUT ULTIMATE JAM NIGHT

Ultimate Jam Night is a long-running free weekly show currently in residence at L.A.’s famed Whisky A Go Go. Founded in 2015 by Quiet Riot’s Chuck Wright, the show features a rotating cast of the world’s finest musicians assembled in an entirely unrehearsed setting. The show features live music, performance art, comedy bits, walk around characters, and community and charitable giving. More information can be found by visiting www.ultimatejamnight.com.

ABOUT THE ALZHEIMER’S ASSOCIATION

The Alzheimer’s Association is the leading voluntary health organization in Alzheimer’s care, support and research.  The organizational mission is to eliminate Alzheimer’s disease through the advancement of research; to provide and enhance care and support for all affected; and to reduce the risk of dementia through the promotion of brain health. Its vision is a world without Alzheimer’s®. Visit www.alz.org/socal or call 800.272.3900.

ABOUT ZINNA MEDIA

Established by Mike Zinna, Zinna.tv brings Hollywood action to the world via broadcasting and original content. Current programs include Inside Metal, Geeks Scape by Jonathan London, Absolutely Jason Stuart, Drumsmack, and Spill the Tea among other shows.

 

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The One Thousand Butterfly Event in Malibu

Malibu, CA — A thousand  real butterflies will be released in Malibu Bluffs Park on Sunday,  Nov. 13th, in honor of mentors and role models who make miracles in people’s lives. The event is part of the Emily Shane Foundation traditional fundraiser celebration and SEA (Successful Educational Achievement) Program. Film producer, Michel Shane and wife Ellen, received President Obama’s Lifetime Achievement Award in 2015 for their “lifelong commitment to building a stronger nation through volunteer service.” The Shanes are founders of the Emily Shane Foundation and continue to carry their daughter’s legacy, who at age 13, was murdered by a suicidal driver in Malibu. The foundation encourages people to perform acts of kindness and good deeds for others.

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Emily Shane

The butterfly release event includes live music, art projects and games for children, butterfly exhibits and silent auction. FREE to attend. $10 donation to sponsor a butterfly. https://www.gofundme.com/1000butterfly16

SEA turns frustration and poor academic performance into smiles and success. Donations raised provide funding for individualized, intensive mentoring to struggling/failing middle school
students in the mainstream classroom. SEA students are those who risk “falling through the cracks” and who could not otherwise afford much needed after school support.

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Shane has produced a long list of successful films including the Oscar nominated and multiaward winning Spielberg directed film, “Catch Me If You Can,” starring Leonardo DiCaprio.

WHEN: Sunday, Nov. 13, 2016
WHERE: MALIBU BLUFFS PARK – 24250 Pacific Coast Hwy, Malibu, CA 90265
TIME: 2 p.m. – 4 p.m.
Take a guest or a group!
FREE to attend
STEP AND REPEAT “BUTTERFLY” carpet photo op

 

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Sur Le Mur’s Premiere Opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio

Internationally renowned health and fitness photographer Per Bernal’s well attended gallery opening in West Los Angeles was the talk of the town and THE art event of the season bringing some much needed and well deserved attention to the thriving LA art scene.

“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” was an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There were new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK. There was an unveiling of a portrait of action hero Dolph Lundgren, which was an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Guests viewed some politically correct art, right in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman. Additionally, it was truly an honor to be partnering with Artists for Trauma,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.


“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio this past weekend was a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.

Bernal also shot Artist For Trauma (AFT) Ambassadors Aaron Baker, Tamara Mena, and Steve Bogna for this opening exhibition. “I was impressed, overjoyed and proud for the AFT Ambassadors Adaptive Health & Fitness Models, Aaron, Tamara and Steve.  Equally I was grateful to these brave and courageous individuals for trusting AFT and Per Bernal to present and represent them with respect and elegance. Each model exemplifies ‘The Power of the Human Spirit’, an intangible essence that is the key to the quality of life success for all of us.  Per captured  ‘this’ and ‘it’ communicated visually through the photos, their joyful spirit transcending beyond their physical challenges. We are grateful for the extraordinary opportunity to partner with Per Bernal and Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. This strategic partnership is a perfect example of the signature, empowering adaptive arts & entertainment opportunities Artists for Trauma is proud to provide,” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.

Attendees viewed photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.

Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Bianca Van Damme and Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Mel Novak (Bruce Lee’s Game of Death, Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy),  Jon Mack (Saw VI, Blunt Force Trauma), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Katherine Kampko (Graceland, Trust No One), actor/filmmaker/on-air host Tyrone Tann (Lavanderia, Blooob, Stauros Entertainment), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings, Producer and President Swedish American Chamber of Commerce Los Angeles, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Mr. Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Plastic Jesus, Geoff Melville and HRH Prince Davood Roostaei (Persian Qajar dynasty), renowned artist and founder of Cryptorealism, Dr. Sarah Brindle Ph.D of Inclusivity Clinical Consulting Services (ICCS), Dr. Mary Nasmyth, Co-Chief Medical Officer, CRI and Clinical Chief for Physical Medicine and Rehab at Cedars Sinai Hospital, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.

This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.” Renowned artist Kelly Risk Graval summed up the evening perfectly by saying it was “good times.” Good times indeed!

More info about Per Bernal: http://www.krop.com/perbernal/#/

More info about Sur le Mur: http://www.surlemur.com/

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

More info about Coco Taps: https://www.cocotaps.com/

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WORLDboots Official Launch

WOR The Los Angeles, CA (November 7, 2016) –From founder Marc Bruder and designer Ben Zerbe comes the next generation of footwear, WORLDboots. Since it’s creation, WORLDboots’ purpose has been to establish and re-envision the genre of sneakerboots, using handmade craftsmanship and premium materials, combined with a “fashion meets function” mindset. WORLDboots desires to introduce unique, timeless and luxurious pieces all while helping the less fortunate by contributing to Soles 4 Souls, in an effort to eradicate poverty.

Designer Ben Zerbe on the red carpet at the Workdboots launch supporting Souls for Soles Charity
Designer Ben Zerbe on the red carpet at the WORLDboots launch supporting Souls for Soles Charity. Photo courtesy Ian Bailey

The paradigm of fit and function coupled with a fashion frame, Worldboots represents a fresh genre of footwear. They call them ‘Sneakerboots’. Breeding the athletic midsole base with an upper that exudes quality and luxury, we combine podiatric expertise with fashion-forward innovation. The event was produced by http://www.vajamusic.com

Actress and recording artist, Serena Laurel, on the red carpet. Photo by Ian Bailey for the Hollywood Press Corps
Actress and recording artist, Serena Laurel, on the red carpet. Photo by Ian Bailey for the Hollywood Press Corps

What separates the ground from your foot is more than material; it is intention and purpose, the path you walk as an individual, as one and as many we strive forward together. Available in suede or leather and a variety of fashion forward colors including royal blue, Spanish pink, haze grey and true black with a sole that is designed to support you. The line offers two different collections, the Hemera and Lees, both priced from $250-$500, featuring over 10 styles composed of eccentric colors with complementary tones, combined with definitive style.

Actor and musician, Weston Cage, on the red carpet at the WORLDboots launch
Actor and musician, Weston Cage, on the red carpet at the WORLDboots launch. Photo courtesy Ian Bailey for the Hollywood Press Corps

The Hemera, constructed with two exclusive skirts – a full skirt and fringe style, is a fashion led ankle sneakerboot as the Lees, a high top sneakerboot, offers a must-have pair of sneakerboots for every occasion and look. The distinctive skirts seen on the Hemera can also be purchased separately as an accessory to fit every sneaker and boot making it a perfect standout to match any style.

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“One size will not fit all but one world will” – WORLDboots. You’ve felt it before. “Unusual, unique, cerebral, inviting question and resistance”; you recognize it. It’s you. It’s who you are and want to be.
For more information and to purchase your very own pair of WORLDboots visit https://www.worldboots.com/

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Dustin Brown

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Sur Le Mur Presents the Premiere Opening of Per Bernal’s Fine Art Photography Studio

This Saturday night Marina Del Rey will be ablaze with tons of the most talented and edgy artists in town at the premiere opening of renowned celebrity photographer Per Bernal’s studio.

Self Portrait of internationally renowned photographer Per Bernal
Self Portrait of internationally renowned photographer Per Bernal

“Per Bernal is a world class photographer praised for his talents in capturing the strength and excellence of the human body, thus has garnered the nickname; “The Annie Leibovitz of the Fitness World.” This exhibition, aptly titled “Oh Shoot,” is an eclectic evening featuring photography, graffiti, street, and fine art. There will be new works featured by Per Bernal and RISK.

Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval
Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval

Dolph Lundgren will be unveiling his portrait, an incredible collaboration by Per and Risk. Get your vote on! Come view some politically correct art, in time for the election, including the “Trump Wall,” featured on CNN and BBC, by Plastic Jesus and famous portraits by the late Pop Artist, Steve Kaufman,” said Megan Phillips, the Founder of Sur le Mur. Phillips represents Bernal and other acclaimed artists in addition to offering art advisory and acquisitions, curating, and custom work.

Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval
Action Hero Dolph Lundgren by Per Bernal in collaboration with Kelly Risk Graval

“I have been a photographer for over 30 years and have shot close to 1000 fitness covers, which have been published worldwide. The opening of my US studio is a dream come true, for me, and I now feel the freedom to explore my fine art photography, including celebrity portraiture. I find it very inspiring to work with other artists and I want my studio to be an artists’ colony, where creative minds and creative ideas can meet and merge together. Working with Megan Phillips, of Sur Le Mur, has given me tremendous momentum and she has encouraged me to expand my art and to take it to an entirely new level,” said Per Bernal.

Noted art manager Megan Phillips with Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma. Photo courtesy of Michael Hansel
Noted art manager Megan Phillips with Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma. Photo courtesy of Michael Hansel

“It is an honor and a gift to join forces with world-renowned health & fitness photographer Per Bernal, and his international art manager Megan Phillips of Sur le Mur. Per Bernal is a lovely man, yet a powerfully driven artiste, focused on further experimentation to culture HIS expansion of creative vision. Congratulations, Per on your opening of the ‘Per Bernal Fine Art Photography Studio’ in Los Angeles, CA! Thank you for your generosity to Artists For Trauma (AFT) and for your heart eye with forward vision to respectfully photograph these selected AFT models in the context of inclusivity to the diverse world versions of health and fitness. Your test photographs clearly represent that trauma survivors are healthy, fun, cool, hip, athletic and sexy too!” said Laura Sharpe, CEO and Founder of Artists For Trauma.

Attendees will view photography and artworks by Per Bernal and his renowned peers who are a true Who’s Who’s of the art world such as Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, Glenn David, Unfukyourself and Black Brain.

Numerous celebrities, fitness gurus, actors, martial artists, renowned artists and VIPs are expected at this event such as Per Bernal, Megan Phillips, Founder of Sur le Mur, Laura Sharpe, Founder and CEO of Artists For Trauma, actors and martial artists Dolph Lundgren, Bianca Van Damme, Jackie Warner, (Fitness Coach at Work Out on Bravo), Hank Garrett (3 Days of the Condor, Car 54, Where are you, GI Joe the Animated Series and Martial Arts and Wrestling Hall of Fame), and actors Aki Aleong (Pound of Flesh, Babylon 5), Robert Wall (Walker Texas Ranger, Bruce Lee’s Game of Death), Thomas J. Churchill (Lazarus: Day of the Living Dead, Check Point), Dawna Lee Heising (Samurai Cop 2: Deadly Vengeance, Blade Runner), Vida Ghaffari (Jimmy Kimmel Live, The Mindy Project), Diane Franklin (Bill & Ted’s Excellent Adventure, Better Off Dead), Olivia DeLaurentis (Happy Feet, Horoscopes), Christy McGinity Gibel (Little Women: LA), Plastic Martyr (actress, Little Women: LA, Scumbag and model, transgender activist), Rico E. Anderson (The Fosters, Grey’s Anatomy), Elise Muller (Parenthood, Bagheads), Jon Mack (Saw 6, Blunt Force Trauma), legendary Persian Actresses Mary Apick (Homeland, The Last Shift) and her mother Apick Youssefian (Cry of the Village, Actress, The Keeper: The Legend of Omar Khayyam), Rick Mora (Twilight, The Lady Killers), Anna Easteden (Two and A Half Men, Junkie), Model Miki Black (CSI:NY, Maxim, Benchwarmer), Ed Connors, former owner of the Golds Gym Franchise, Gudrun Giddings SACC, Samir Bannout, 1 time Mr. Olympia, Danny Hester, 1 time Classic Physique Olympia, Eric The Trainer, Hollywood Celebrity, noted artists Kelly Risk Graval, Alexandra Grant, Lincoln Townley, Billy Morrison, Plastic Jesus, HRH Prince Lorenzo de Medici, Steve Kaufman, Geoff Melville, President Board of Directors for CRE OUTREACH Theater by the Blind, Celebrity Hair Stylist Maryam Motaghy, Human rights activist and author Elham Yaghoubian, Entertainment Attorney Nadia Davari and countless other VIPs.

This event is sponsored by Sur le Mur, Per Bernal, Artists For Trauma and Coco Taps by Vincent Zaldivar aka “CocoVinny.”

More info about Per Bernal: http://www.krop.com/perbernal/#/

More info about Sur le Mur: http://www.surlemur.com/

More info about AFT: http://www.artistsfortrauma.org/

Dustin Brown

Dustin Brown

I am the Senior Editor at HollywoodPressCorps.com.

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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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