An “Ugly Sweater” after party for OxeFit, hosted by NBA player Dwight Howard and arranged by PR Firm Jade Umbrella was held at SOHO Warehouse in Los Angeles following the Lakers/Suns game on Tuesday, December 21, 2021.
VIP attendees were encouraged to wear their ugliest Christmas sweaters and many walked the red carpet showing off their hideous attire, some simply wowed with their individual style.
VIP attendees walking the red carpet included, Tara V. Simpson (BET’s “The Oval , Caitlin O’Connor, Newton Mayage (HBO’s “Winning Time”, George Daniels, Austin Dotson, Amin Joseph (FX’s “Snowfall”, Jimmie Allen (CMA’s “New Artist of the Year”, Anis Maknojia (Actor/Producer), Lamar Odom and Rab Shanabeh (Chairman and CEO of OxeFit).
Celebrating the launch of OxeFit commercial use unit as well as OxeFit’s XS1 home fitness unit, all proceeds from event helped fund “Shields for Families”, a non profit organization that serves high risk families in South Los Angeles. Visit ShieldsforFamilies.com for more information.
Music was spun by DJ Millie, DJ Kayla Collins, DJ Cassidy and DJ Drama with an open bar and appetizers for all attendees. A beautiful night for an ugly sweater during holiday season in Los Angeles.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) — Los Angeles, CA — Friday, October 7th, 2021 —QueerWise, the lauded LGBTQ spoken word performance collective, with the support of the City of West Hollywood, presents the World premiere docudrama The Ache For Home, screening online on Sunday, October 17, at 5:00pm. An assortment of voices illuminating the homeless crisis in West Hollywood grew out of a five-week spoken word workshop with those who have experienced homelessness for themselves. Under the artistic direction of artist-activist Michael Kearns, and with direction by Keida Mascaro, these citizens-turned-writers share inspirational stories from their time on the streets, ranging from narratives of soaring self-acceptance to confessions of truth-telling defeats. The show’s title is a reference to a quote by Maya Angelou, “The ache for home lives in all of us, the safe place where we can go as we are and not be questioned.” For more information, please visit QueerWise’s site and FaceBook page. After the premiere, the video presentation will also be available on the QW YouTube channel.
The Ache For Home will feature the writing and storytelling from a number of individuals — Kayden, Larry, Lisa, Luckie, Tiger, and more— many of whom have a connection to West Hollywood. These mentees worked with six mentors to bring their stories to light. The storytellers are a diverse group ranging in age from 20 to 63 years-old who have dealt with the uncertainty of living on the streets and the specific challenges they faced day-to-day. That commonality is the one thing that they all share, while their stories are different, their humanity is universal and all encompassing.
This distinct group of narrators includes a young cis male with a passion for music and art, who finds joy “when I can put a smile on someone’s face and give back.” One of the mentees is a retired mixed race bisexual government worker who is a voracious reader and literacy advocate. Two trans males share their experiences of living on the street. And a former resident playwright, in Canada and the UK, and recipient of numerous grants and awards was homeless for 44 days and nights in the city.
The mentee’s autobiographical stories emerge with the guidance of each of their mentors: Lucia Chappelle, the Social Justice Minister at Founders Metropolitan Community Church and Associate Producer of the LGBTQ syndicated radio program “This Way Out”; Jim Pentecost, who taught Drama at Santee Education Complex, produced Disney’s “Pocahontas,” and has worked on the Broadway productions of La Cage Aux Folles, Crimes of the Heart, and Gypsy; Rabbi Robin Podolsky who serves on the Board of Governors for the Sandra Caplan Community Bet Din, writes at TribeHerald and The Jewish Journal, and advises the Jewish Student Union at Occidental College; Andy Rollyson, a writer and entrepreneur; Corey Roskin, who has worked for the City of West Hollywood in social services for over 25 years and has also been programming, producing, participating in, and serving on planning committees for literary events for 20 years; and David Trudell, who has performed his solo shows, all directed by Michael Kearns, at venues around Los Angeles including The Skylight Theatre, Highways Performance Space, and Malibu Playhouse. The Ache For Home has been made possible with the generous support of the City of West Hollywood.
(HOLLYWOOD PRESS CORPS) —Hollywood, CA — Legendary Guitar Player’s Steve Stevens, Orianthi, Steve Lukather, Wayne Kramer and MORE – will rock the stage at the 8th Annual Rock Against MS Benefit Concert & Award Show on Saturday, March 21st, 2020.
Returning for hosting duties is MADtv alumni – impressionist and actress Debra Wilson. Wilson will be sharing the hosting duties with the rocker of all comedy, Joe Sib who is hot off the Metallica Tour – They will unfold an evening of comedy, music and art in benefit of the Rock Against MS Foundation – #HelpingPeopleNOW.
Kicking off the night is the hottest Celebrity Orange Carpet featuring the biggest and brightest actors, TV Stars, Rockstars and Comedians – Including a star studded tribute to some of the artists that we lost in 2019 in a high-energy celebration of their most beloved songs.
This special night is to raise awareness and educate the public about multiple sclerosis, while raising money to build the first of many MS resource centers, aptly name The ROCK HOUSE. The ROCK HOUSE is a crucial component that will allow us to fulfill our mission and with your help we can build this much needed resource center,” explains Nancy B. Sayle, Founder. “The ROCK HOUSE will allow us to provide classes, community programs, basic care and expanded resources free of charge to those whose lives have been affected by MS.”
The evening will have famed performance artist Norton Wisdom performing his art live on stage during the music, capturing the inspiration he gets from the music notes.
The Palace Theatre
630 S. Broadway @ 6th Ave.
Los Angeles, CA 90014
General – $35
VIP w/M&G Package – $150
Day Of Show Add $10
Doors for All 6:00/ Celebrity Orange Carpet 6:30/ VIP Tix Holders Early Theatre Access M&G 6:00 / Public Theatre entry 7:00/ Show 8:00
Metal Blade Records, 95.5 KLOS, Earthly Body, Dulce Vida Tequila, American Born Whiskey, American Born Moonshine, Schecter Guitars, Evans, Promark, D’addario, SIR Studios, Stella Rosa Wine, Tour Bus Live, The Palace Theatre, Victorio’sRestaurant, Archie’s Vegan Ice Cream
The “Legacy Charitable Foundation” held its fifth annual Holiday Masquerade Ball on December 8 at The Majestic Downtown in Los Angeles.
In an effort to support “Echoes of Hope” which serves communities by helping children, youth and young adults in need by eliminating barriers and assisting them to reach their full potential, the Holiday Ball encouraged giving with this event which included, open bar, full sushi bar and catered dinner. Aside from creating awareness, the organization raises funds to bridge the gap between those in need and support the programs that help them strive.
The Legacy Charitable Foundation assists our community by promoting social welfare and supporting other non profit organizations with an emphasis on improving health research such as Alzheimer’s and cancer, homeless assistance organizations, disabled or sick youth, foster youth, education, financial literacy, low income family residences and overall well being of all people that are in need of hope. The evening climaxed with an electrifying performance by CeCe Peniston, (Best known for her hit single “Finally”) and other number one hits.
Attendees walking the red carpet included, CeCe Peniston who also performed later in the evening, actress Paloma Movales, actress Chanel Minnifield, Dr. Lisa Masterson of “The Doctors”, comedian Patrick Neal, Pol Atteu and Patrick Simpson of “Gown and Out in Beverly Hills” with their lovable dog “Snow White”, Celeste Thorson of “The Have and Have Nots”, Zack Levy of Legacy Foundation, Abraham Mehrian Chairman of The Legacy Foundation, Giovanna Healy Founder of “Sisters of Strength”, Jennifer Brown Legacy President, Bill Mena board member of Legacy Foundation, Gonzalo Cruz Schiavone board member and Sylvia Valdiva of The Legacy Foundation. Holiday season is a time for reflection and giving and giving they did.
On a rainy night at the Rose Bowl in Pasadena, caring citizens and organizations alike gathered for the “World’s Big Sleep Out” in an effort to raise funds and awareness to Los Angeles and the world’s homelessness crisis. Presented by “Charity On Top”, the event also took place in 50 locations around the world. The event promotes the fight against homelessness by inviting participants to sleep outdoors for the night to express their solidarity with those experiencing having nowhere indoors to rest their heads.
Live musical performances, food and informational booths set up by local advocates offered resources and contact information for those in need and for those wishing to contribute and raise awareness to those affected.
Opportunities to donate immediately were available throughout the night via text and phone as contact numbers were viewed on big screens around the stage.
”Charity On Top” is an innovative ecosystem for individuals and companies who wish to infuse charitable giving with their lives and work and supports charities worldwide as well as local charities and initiatives, including Downtown Womens Center, Youth Emerging Stronger, West Coast Care, New Directions for Veterans, Los Angeles Mission, Union Rescue Mission, The People Concern, San Fernando Valley Rescue Mission and Everybody In powered by United Way of Greater Los Angeles. All of these organizations can be found by typing in all lower case with no spaces, followed by .org (example) westcoastcare.org
MC for the night was Sean Kingston with musical performances by Rip Tide Blues Band, Meghan Trainor, Randy Jackson All Star Band (featuring) Orianthi), Ellie Goulding, Ziggy Marley and the evening’s festivities ended with a bedtime story from Seth Green to calm the participants who were committed to and passionate enough to brave the chilly, rainy night outdoors in only sleeping bags.
HEALING ARTS FESTIVAL – AN ASSOCIATED STUDENTS OF MOORPARK COLLEGE AND ARTISTS FOR TRAUMA COLLABORATION
On Thursday, Nov. 7, there was a remembrance event to commemorate the one year anniversary of the tragic Borderline Restaurant mass shooting and traumatic Woolsey Fire by the Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) in collaboration with Artists for Trauma (AFT).
WHO: Numerous VIPs were at this event such as Laura T. Sharpe, founder of Artists for Trauma, former NFL player and motivational speaker Keith Mitchell, Dr. Julius Sokenu, Interim President of Moorpark College, Trauma Medical Director of Ventura County Medical Center and AFT Board of Director Dr. Thomas Duncan and Mary Poitier, mother of one of the victims.
“Creativity. Connectivity. Community. Our team of community partners; Ventura County Medical Center, Sharpe Interior Systems, Smart Art Box, Moby Arts and Keith Mitchell along with AFT volunteer artists, intern and staff were honored to support the memorable ASMC Healing Arts Festival. The Associated Students of Moorpark College (ASMC) exemplified inspiring leadership,” said Laura T. Sharpe, Board President and CEO, Artists for Trauma.
“We wanted to show students that their community is here for them,” said Poon Yuwawanit, Director of Academic Affairs of the ASMC. “By coming together and creating artwork, students embraced the healing power of art and honored those we lost a year ago. We are grateful to Artists for Trauma and all of our speakers for helping make this event possible,” she added.
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On Thursday, September 12th, Smiles Through Cars had their much anticipated casino night launch event back east at the swanky Ferrari of Long Island at 65 S. Service Road, Plainview, NY 11803
Celebrities and VIPs Expected at fancy east coast event were: Josh Aryeh (Batman Real Account), founder and CEO of Smiles Through Cars, Tina Milosavljevic, President of Smiles Through Cars, Jen Selter (Fitness Influencer), Steph Selter (Instagram Influencer), Jill “Mama” Selter (Instagram Influencer) Angelica ( hip hop artist ), Dawn Flo (celebrity lawyer), Fat Boy (Instagram Influencer) Fatjoe (Celebrity), Don Ghermezian (CEO of American Dream Mall), and many others.
Sponsors for the event were: American Dream Mall, KBG Luxury, Silverback Development, Seventeen Productions, The Book Sweepers, Icelandic Glacial, Vivva XXX2 Tequila, D Seventeen Productions, Arilan Skincare, Reklys Active Wear, Power Twist, Impressive Autobody, Sweet Treats Etc , Millenial Plastic Surgery, Catapult Lighting, Music Flip Corp.
“I’m very passionate about the charity and I want to bring about awareness about what we do. We decided to use the casino night to bring this to the forefront and want to thank our sponsors for helping us with this event,” said Josh Aryeh, Founder and CEO of Smiles Through Cars.
“Smiles Through Cars merges the various worlds of philanthropy, exotic cars, high end luxury sponsors and superheroes, all things I am passionate about, so I had to be a part of this outstanding non-profit,” said Tina Milosavljevic, President of Smiles Through Cars.
Aryeh worked hard to put this all together and is very active in the community. He was been awarded as a Social Media Summit special honoree for his selfless and unwavering dedication to help sick children smile. He was also awarded the Leadership Award and the Chai Lifeline Award.
Celebrate was a one-day event focused on all things fashion and beauty with an emphasis on celebratory fashions, experiences, and vendors. Karen Michelle Presented the Celebration Expo by #LYBevents is a fashion and beauty festival designed to empower all women of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities planning a special event.”— Producer Karen Michelle Los Angeles based show Producer Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, The Knot, Destiny Candle, Artists for Trauma, Events by Kathy, Luxe Hotels, My/Mo Mochi, Ice Cream, Sahar Allure, Search Light Insurance, Valley Girl Beauty, Coco Taps, Annipuf, #AModel, Noell, and LRM Publicity presented the “The Celebration Expo,” on Sunday, September 15, 2019 at the Luxe Sunset Bl. Hotel 11461 Sunset Bl. Los Angeles.
Confirmed celebrity runway models and guests included: Kennedy Madison (Seize the Moment), Stacia Gates (Artquench), Samantha Gangal (OMG!) Makenna Kelly (Life with Mak), Ainsley Ross (Should I do it?), Terri McDonald (KTLA 5 Morning News), Jax Malcolm (Jingle Trails), Connor Dean (9-1-1), Alyssa De Boisblanc (Modern Family), Neil D’Monte (Batman v Superman), Gloria Garayua (How to Get Away With Murder), Nathan Kehn (Instagram Influencer Nathan the Cat Lady), Madi Filipowicz (Influencer #GenZgirl), Melody Trice (The Melody Trice Show), Cynthia DeJesus (Today’s International Woman Lifetime Queen), Vida Ghaffari (Eternal Code, The Mindy Project), Laura T. Sharpe, Board President and CEO, Artists for Trauma (AFT), Tobias Forrest (AFT Model and Ambassador), Aidas Reklys (World Class Figure Skater) and many more!
#LYBevents is a fashion and beauty festival designed to empower all women and girls of all shapes, sizes, ages, and ethnicities. This one-day event will host celebrities, social media influencers, fans, and brands to celebrate all things fashion and beauty with an emphasis on celebratory fashions and vendors. The full event ran from 11:00am-6:00pm and included shopping, celebrity fashion show, and a dessert party.
On May 9th, Beautiful Disaster and Artists For Trauma will launch their much anticipated collaboration on the “Perfectly Imperfect” campaign at the bucolic Lucky Dog Ranch in Ventura, California. Female trauma survivors’ scars will be highlighted by Glitter Artist Alex from Work of Heart to celebrate their beauty. Photography from Wise by Nicole Photography with testimonies interviewed and filmed by Concrete Pictures.
A delicious lunch will be elegantly presented by Command Performance Catering of Moorpark, California. Sponsors for the event are Artists For Trauma, Beautiful Disaster and Lucky Dog Ranch.
This day will be about supporting women who have experienced physical and emotional trauma in their lives for a beautiful day of creativity, connectivity and community.
“Beautiful disaster and Artists for Trauma align their missions to celebrate that we are all perfectly imperfect,” said Laura T. Sharpe, Founder and President of Artists for Trauma and Christina DuVarney, Beautiful Disaster Clothing Owner.
About Beautiful Disaster:
With every fiber of clothing, it is the Beautiful Disaster mission to empower the Beautifully Broken, and Perfectly Imperfect.
On March 31st, Los Angeles-based, show producer/entrepreneur, Karen Michelle in association with LYB Events, Destiny Candle by Karen Michelle, Mickey Fine Pharmacy and Grill, Softweb, Coco Taps, Searchlight Insurance, FabUPlus Magazine, My/Mo Mochi Ice Cream, Annipuf and LRM Publicity presented the “LYB Spring 2019 Fashion Show and Shopping Event” at the swanky Luxe Sunset Hotel. Laura T. Sharpe, founder and President of Artists For Trauma was bestowed with the Inaugural Love Your Body Award from Karen.
#LYBevents Spring 2019 was a one-day beauty festival that includes: celebrity red carpet with full press line, fashion show, dessert party, raffle winners announced hourly, photo activations, hair bar with flower crowns, glitter lip bar, makeup makeovers, nails bar, cosmetic and beauty treatments offered on site. Featured designers included: Karen Michelle LA, More Rockin’, Modefywear, Shop Her Closet KM, Klara Designs, Elle n’ Dee, Forage Collection, Jinza Bridal, Dilee Inc., Moonlight Serenade and Designs by Lady Justice.
About Karen Michelle:
Karen Michelle believes that all women are beautiful and has brought this event to life to give each and every one of them the confidence they need to achieve all that they dare to dream.
Gravely injured in a tragic helicopter crash on California’s Catalina Island that killed three other passengers in 2008, Laura Sharpe suffered critical, near-fatal injuries that would change the course of her life forever. Sharpe fought her way through four weeks in a coma, endured 43 broken bones, burns over more than 40 percent of her body, multiple skin grafts, the near-loss of an eye, and the partial amputation of her foot. For more than two years after her near-death experience, Sharpe endured endless physical pain and 40 – 60 weekly hours of medical treatment and therapies.
Focusing on the future, and feeling grateful for all the love and support she was blessed to receive, Laura Sharpe embarked on a journey of re-discovery through a personal engagement with the arts. From her work with esteemed artists in the areas of photography, film, dance, sculpture and music, Sharpe was able to rise above and beyond her pain and dramatically improve the quality of her recovery through the creative interaction between herself and the artists. Compelled to help other trauma survivors find strength in their recovery, regain a sense of hope and see the beauty in life, Laura Sharpe founded Artists For Trauma.