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GBK Presents a Luxury Gift Lounge Honoring The Nominees Presenters of the 2014 GOLDEN GLOBE AWARDS at the L’Ermitage Beverly Hills


January 10th and 11th – Beverly Hills

The Lounge Featured a Wide Range of Luxury Products and Welcomed Guests on Nominated Shows/ Movies Such as: Sally Hawkins (Nominated for Best Supporting Actress in a Motion Picture), Helene Yorke (Masters of Sex), Jim O’Heir (Parks and Recreation), Lesley Nicol (Downton Abbey), Martha Plimpton (The Good Wife), RJ Mitte (Breaking Bad), Shea Wigham (Wolf of Wall Street, American Hustle), Terry Crews (Brooklyn Nine-Nine), Kelsey Scott (12 Years a Slave), Elsie Fisher (Despicable Me 2) and Many More

Los Angeles (January 11, 2014) – GBK, the luxury lifestyle gift lounge and special events company, and Pilot Pen hosted a stunning pool-side celebration honoring the Nominees and Presenters of one of Hollywood’s most glamorous award shows – The 2014 Golden Globe Awards. The event took place on the rooftop of the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills, a true first-class celebrity destination. Guests were pampered with gifts from participating lifestyle sponsors and enjoyed music by celebrity DJ, DJ Don P, and food from the event’s many gourmet sponsors.

Fred Williard

Among the luxury and must-have lifestyle brands including gifts from Title Sponsor, Pilot Pen. Pilot Pen offers superlative writing instruments renowned for quality, performance, cutting-edge technology and consumer satisfaction. Award Nominees and Presenters received an assortment of their fine writing instruments including the Black Matte Vanishing Point, the Pilot MR Metropolitan Collection Silver Ballpoint Pen, and the FriXion Clicker Erasable Gel Ink 8 Pack Pouch.

Other great gifts include some unique luxury items like premium bedding toppers from Presenting Sponsor, airweave. airweave is the number one super-premium bedding topper in Japan and is celebrating its launch in the United States in January of 2014. Lavish destinations have become a signature GBK Lounge gift, and this year the celebrities received certificates from some of the most luxurious destinations like The St. Regis Bora Bora Resort, gifting a destination package to include 3 nights in a Deluxe Overwater Villa, daily breakfast and 20% discount to Miri Miri Spa by Clarins and Caribbean Living Magazine / Hard Rock Hotels, International, who gifted an all-inclusive trip to the Hard Rock Hotel Punta Cana.

Beauty products that are both deluxe and functional filled the lounge including gifts from Tweezerman, Sleep-In Rollers, hair rollers that are designed to flatten like a sponge; Minerva Research Labs, gifting Pure GOLD COLLAGEN®; a variety of eyelash, brown and skin products from The Crave Collection; Burke Williams Spa; Regeneca WorldWide, gifting their RegeneBlend antioxidant beverage blend; and Barbar Hair Tools.

A true highlight of any GBK lounge is the incredibly diverse and trendy fashion and accessory products. This year’s event featured products from Fiamma Jewelry, Threaded Creations, Luminita, gifting Leather / Beads Bracelet magnetic clasp; jewelry from Made By Survivors; Coordinates Collection, gifting their Gold Legend Bracelet; The Artisan Group®, gifting the celebrities and members of the press a lovely collection of trendy jewelry, spa and bath products, fine art photography, and other handcrafted gifts; SPANX by Sara Blakely; cross body ipad covers and other accessories from Rolf Bleu™ by Caryn Sterling; and gifts from Planet.ECO.

Gourmet sweets and treats were sampled and gifted at the event from Kyra’s Bake Shop featuring delicious treats that are gluten free; Yoplait Greek; Bulgarini Gelato; Rollin’ Rib BBQ, bringing their slow cooked smoked BBQ flavor to attending guests; Sabra, the leader in refrigerated dips and spreads; SAAS Hot Sauce; and V Wine, gifting select Wine Club Membership to their tasting room with wine from over 22 California boutique wineries. Other food and beverage delicacies include Brownie Brittle, COMBOS Baked Snacks, Marathon Bars, Matt’s Munchies, Pasta Chips, popchips, and VitaCoco.

Kelsey Scott – 12 Years a Slave

Technology and unique finds included FLUXMOB, who was onsite gifting their BOLT – the world’s smallest battery pack and wall charger combination; Sir Ike Audio, gifting luxury Bluetooth Audio headsets; Shutterball, the remote shutter enabling the ultimate hands-free “selfie” with a smartphone; BLOW HOOKAH, a revolutionary electronic hookah; 100candles.com; The Love Architects, gifting an autographed copy of “Real Love, Right Now” and 1 hour of Love Whispering; EmergencyLink, an emergency ID network, donating $100 to The American Red Cross for each new celebrity member; and Global Women’s Empowerment Network, a non-profit organization transforming lives beyond abuse.

Charity beneficiaries included:

GUARDaHEART Foundation, a non-profit foundation dedicated to raising awareness of heart disease prevention by spreading the word to guard your heart and save your life. For more information, please visit www.guardaheart.org

Holly Robinson Pete

Lambda Legal – Lambda Legal has been making the case for equality on behalf of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV across the nation for 40 years. Their impact strategy combines groundbreaking work in the courts with innovative education and policy advocacy to change the hearts and minds of the public — and to teach people how to make sure that LGBT civil rights are respected. Lambda Legal’s mission is to achieve full recognition of the civil rights of lesbians, gay men, bisexuals, transgender people and those with HIV through impact litigation, education and public policy advocacy and their work is an integral part of the continuing struggle for civil rights in America. For more information, please visit www.lambdalegal.org

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GBK, formerly GBK Productions, is a luxury lifestyle gifting and special events company, specializing in entertainment marketing integration. Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Special Events, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Widely known in the entertainment industry for bringing that little extra something into the Gifting Lounge environment, GBK offers its clients a full range of marketing services. For more information on Gavin B. Keilly (CEO), Carla Domen (VP) or GBK,, please go to: gbkproductions.com.



January 11th and 12th – L’Ermitage Beverly Hills

Celebrity Attendees Included: Thandie Newton (Good Deeds / Mission Impossible), Archie Panjabi (Nominated Best Supporting Actress – The Good Wife), Sara Rue (Malibu Country), Jeff Daniels (Nominated Best Actor – The Newsroom), Alison Pill (The Newsroom), Anthony Anderson (Guys with Kids), Madeline Zima (Vampire Diaries), Ol Parker (Nominated Writer – The Best Exotic Marigold Hotel), Joshua Malina (Scandal), Mayim Bialik (The Big Bang Theory), Bellamy Young (Scandal), Jesse Williams (Grey’s Anatomy), and many more.
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To date GBK has received RSVP’s from numerous celebrities including: Betsy Brandt (AMC’s Breaking Bad), Katie Lowes (ABC’s Scandal), Eric Dane (ABC’s Grey’s Anatomy), Gemma Arterton (Hansel and Gretel Witch Hunters), Mayim Bialik (CBS’ Big Bang Theory), Lauren Bowles (HBO’s True Blood) and many more.

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Nat Faxon of Ben and Kate Supports Surfrider Foundation

Nat Faxon of Ben and Kate and Oscar winner for co-writing “The Decendents” Supports The Surfrider Foundation

If you don’t know Nat Faxon you soon will. He will be starring in the new comedy series on Fox Ben and Kate. Nat has also been in countless commercial great commercials and some of my favorite movies like Beerfest, Bad Teacher, Zookeeper and Walk Hard – The Dewey Cox Story

Nat has also been seen on many of my favorite shows like Reno 911, My Name is Earl and many others.

This interview is from the first of the year so Nat had not won his Oscar yet. This is one of those, I wish I knew what I was talking about interviews. I had no clue that Nat was the co-screenwriter on The Decendents movie and it is obviouse. Sorry Nat… It was great to see him win the Oscar as I have seen him at a few events and he is always very nice. Thanks Nat. – JW


Nat Faxon (c) JW NajarianNat Faxon

From Wikipedia

Faxon’s early years started in the seaside community of Manchester-by-the-Sea, Massachusetts. Faxon is a graduate of Brookwood School(Manchester-by-the sea, Massachusetts), Holderness School, and Hamilton College. As an actor, he is best known for his appearances in comedic films such as Orange County (2002), Walk Hard: The Dewey Cox Story (2007), and several Broken Lizard films including Beerfest (2006). He co-starred in Darren Star‘s semi-autobiographical satire Grosse Pointe and had recurring roles in several television series such as The Cleveland Show, Joey, Up All Night and Reno 911!. He was also featured in a series of prominent Holiday Inn commercials featuring Joe Buck as well as an ad by Blockbuster.

Faxon is an alumnus of the Los Angeles-based improvisational and sketch comedy troupe The Groundlings.

Faxon and writing partner Jim Rash, whom he met while performing at The Groundlings, most recently co-wrote the screenplay for the film The Descendants, starring George Clooney and directed by Alexander Payne. On February 26, 2012, the screenplay for The Descendants won an Oscar.

He will star in the lead role on the upcoming FOX comedy Ben and Kate.

From TvGuide

  • Started a sketch-improv group called Bobby Peru while in college.
  • Worked in the main company at the Groundlings improv theater in Los Angeles for nearly a decade.
  • Pitched a variety of products in commercials for Swiffer Duster, Saturn, State Farm, Heineken, TiVo and Holiday Inn (for which he appeared with broadcaster Joe Buck in several spots).
  • Considered his role as evil German Rolf in 2006’s Beerfest as one of his favorites.
  • Married Meaghan Gadd, daughter of well-known drummer Steve Gadd, whose tours are titled Mission From Gadd.
  • Voiced characters on The Cleveland Show and American Dad! before landing a lead voice role on Allen Gregory in the fall of 2011.
  • Cowrote (with Jim Rash) the adapted screenplay for The Descendants (2011), starring George Clooney.

Nat Faxon Relationships:

  • Meaghan Gadd – Wife
  • Ruth James Faxon – Daughter

Nat Faxon Awards:

  • 2012 Golden Globe: Best Screenplay – Motion Picture – Nominee
  • 2011 Oscar: Best Writing (Adapted Screenplay) – Winner (with Jim Rash)
  • 2011 BAFTA Awards: Best Adapted Screenplay – Nominee
  • College:
  • Hamilton College, Clinton, NY (BA in Theater, 1997)

Ben and Kate

SERIES PREMIERE TUE 8:30/7:30c SEP 25 on Fox

What happens when an exuberant, irresponsible dreamer who always says “yes” moves in with his overly responsible little sister to help raise her five-year-old daughter? BEN AND KATE is a heartwarming new comedy that follows a pair of odd-couple siblings – one an overly responsible single mom; the other, an exuberant kid-at-heart – and their friends as they push each other out of their comfort zones and into real life.

KATE FOX (Dakota Johnson, “The Social Network”) followed the rules all her life…until she got pregnant in college and dropped out just shy of graduation. After the birth of her daughter, MADDIE (Maggie Jones, “We Bought a Zoo,” “Footloose”), Kate put her twenties on hold. Now working as a bar manager to make ends meet and maximize her time with five-year-old Maddie, she’s uber-prepared for every possible catastrophe – except for the arrival of her older brother,  BEN FOX (Nat Faxon, “Bad Teacher”).

Ben and Kate Official Site

~ Nat Faxon is not on social media and does not have a website.

Surfrider Foundation

The Surfrider Foundation


A little over 25 years ago three people in Malibu, California found out that their favorite wave was about to be destroyed. Think about that for a second.

Think about something you love… something that gives you enjoyment. Taken away.

First Point, pictured to the right, the quintessential perfect California wave was about to be destroyed. Those three people organized and worked with the local municipalities until they were satisfied that their efforts to preserve that iconic wave would be successful.

This was the genesis of Surfrider Foundation.

Today, we are doing this same thing in about 18 countries around the world.

Our mission is the protection and enjoyment of oceans, waves and beaches through a powerful activist network.

You can think about that as three concepts. “Protection and enjoyment”, we don’t want to put a velvet rope around a beach and tell people to keep off. We’re surfers, we’re beach goers, we’re watermen… we enjoy the coasts. We’re a user group. Next up is “oceans, waves and beaches.” Think coastlines, we’re engaged with environmental issues that affect our coastlines. “Powerful activist network” speaks to how we go about this mission. We are a grassroots organization. We’re local in many coastal regions.

We’re moms, we’re surfers, we’re kids and teens… we’re you. We’re engaged to protect what we love: oceans, waves and beaches.

We would love to have you join us, you can join Surfrider here.



Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

GBK Productions is a Marketing, Public Relations, Fundraising and Special Events company dedicated to providing high quality, tailor-made service to its individual clients. GBK is known for integrating the Entertainment, Luxury Consumer Products and Non-Profit industries to create unique and memorable high-profile experiences that maximize its clients’ brand-building efforts.

Formed in 2000 by Gavin Keilly, the company’s Founder and CEO, GBK consists of five divisions: GBK Celebrity Gifting, GBK Event Production, GBK Weddings, GBK Charitable Consulting and GBK Marketing/Public Relations. Though separate, each entity is interconnected allowing clients/brands a full range of marketing services and benefits.

Shameless Star Shanola Hampton on The Art of Elysium

Actress Shanola Hampton of Shameless Supports The Art of Elysiumg

Shanola was soooo fun to talk with and to meet. I really love the show Shameless on Showtime and was excited to get to speak with her about one of her passions. – JW


Shanola Hampton

Shanola Hampton


Shanola Hampton was born May 27 in Long Island, NY, to a Car Salesman and an IRS agent.

She was raised in Summerville, South Carolina with her four sisters.

In college she earned a degree in Theater, with emphasis in Performance from Winthrop University along with a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from University of Illinois.

She moved to Los Angeles in 2001, and began appearing in commercials. Later, she made her first guest appearance in Ryan Murphy’s “Popular.” Her hobbies include, traveling back to South Carolina to spend time with family, Pilates, and swimming. Her hope is to one day open a Performing Arts School.

From Wikipedia

Hampton has appeared in several television series, such as: Reba, Popular, Scrubs, Related, and Miami Medical. She has also had roles in the movies: The Mostly Unfabulous Social Life of Ethan Green, The Hanged Man, and You Again.[1]

She has face modeled for the videogame Left 4 Dead 2.[citation needed]

She is a graduate of Winthrop University (with a degree in Theater), and also holds a Masters Degree in Fine Arts from the University of Illinois.


In Summer 2010, Hampton was cast as a series regular on the Showtime dramedy Shameless as Veronica Fisher, a role for which she has received critical acclaim. The second season premiered January 8, 2012, with Hampton remaining part of the main cast.[2]

The Art of Elysium


The Art of Elysium, a non-profit 501(c) (3) organization founded in 1997, encourages working actors, artists and musicians to voluntarily dedicate their time and talent to children who are battling serious medical conditions. We provide artistic workshops in the following disciplines: acting, art, comedy, fashion, music, radio, songwriting and creative writing.


The Art of Elysium is dedicated to enriching the lives of artists and critically ill children. We believe that there is a powerful and mutual exchange of hope and appreciation that occurs when artists share their time and talent with children battling serious medical conditions.


The lives of these children are largely filled with suffering, loneliness, fear and regimen. Artists have the unique ability to help children in need find a creative


voice and discover a sense of individuality and self-efficacy, even in the midst of overwhelmingly difficult circumstances.

In return, those same artists, who have been taken outside of their normal scope of work, are stretched and enriched in ways they never imagined.

Through this inimitable exchange between artist and child, the artist experiences the power of giving and the child experiences the power of their own artistic journey.


• Create The Art of Elysium Center, a place where children can learn and artists can showcase their work. During the day, the center will be open for children in need to be taught acting, art processes, comedy and music. In the evening, the facility will be used for participating artists to present their creative work.

• Provide musical instruments, compact discs, videotape, art supplies and makeup for various pediatric facilities we serve.
• Fulfill special requests for medically challenged youth, including but not limited to providing individual, continuing lessons in the arts after discharge from the hospital.

• Now that The Art of Elysium has opened in New York, further expansion into additional cities such as Memphis and/or Nashville.


Born in Hattiesburg, Mississippi, JENNIFER HOWELL landed in Los Angeles shortly after graduating Emerson College with a B.S. in Mass Communications/Film Focus. It was Jennifer’s love for film making that brought her to Hollywood but it was her deeper love for children that led her to her mission: The Art Of Elysium.

howell1.jpgIn the middle of December 1996, Jennifer’s close friend, Stephen Hatten, was in the midst of one his worst bouts with the Leukemia he’d been diagnosed with years earlier.

Stephen shared with Jennifer the story of a young boy he had recently met at a treatment center.

A young boy who was by himself for the majority of his time spent there, on his own because both of his parents had jobs that they could not abandon.

Although one could interpret Stephen’s story as well, just a story, Jennifer heard his message loud and clear. And the message Jennifer heard was this: No child should ever be alone during treatment.

And so it was. Jennifer started by gathering some friends, getting clearance from the children’s hospital and bringing her world into their world.

With her Southern lilt and a spirit that was and is boundless, Jennifer and her friends brought the kids a respite from their reality, a little bit of laughter and a smile that found its form more quickly each time.

Jennifer’s friend Stephen passed away in 1998, but his story turned message turned mission has caught on. Along with her team, Jennifer’s The Art of Elysium continues to bring singers, artists, actors and writers into children’s hospitals and pediatric care facilities where they bring their talents, and of course their hearts, to the kids.

What was once Jennifer and a few friends is now a community of people who share the idea that no child should go through medical treatment alone.

Site: http://www.theartofelysium.org/
Twitter: @theartofelysium


Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

Boo Boo Stewart Talks About ChildHelp.org

Boo Boo Stewart talks to us about his favorite cause ChildHelp.org

I met Boo Boo Stewart the GBK Events Gifting Suite for the 2012 Golden Globes, as he was walking around helping support the various presenters and causes.

I wanted more time with Boo Boo to talk about the Twilight Sagas, his music and new projects, but got rushed a bit.

Boo Boo was very nice and we so appreciate all he and his sister Fivel is doing for Childhelps.org. Child Abuse is a very serious matter and five children die in the U.S. every day due to child abuse. Please find out how you can help too. – JW


Boo Boo Stewart

Standing out amongst his generation as the next breakout movie star, Booboo Stewart is sure to build a lasting career similar to the likes of Leonardo Dicaprio and Johnny Depp. Between his good looks, charms and many talents to boot, he is consistently listed as one of the “Faces to Watch” amongst the hottest in Hollywood.

BooBoo Stewart (born Nils Allen Stewart, Jr.; January 21, 1994) is a singer, dancer, model, actor, and a black belt Hall of Fame martial artist. He has appeared and starred in several independent and TV films including episodes of “Steve Harvey’s Big Time Challenge,” “ER,” “Dante’s Cove,” and “Everybody Hates Chris.” Building his resume as a versatile actor, he has done stunt work on several films including the 2006 film, Zoom, as well the 2007 film, Beowulf, and hosted six episodes of children’s show Blue Dolphin Kids in Hawaii.

During 2006-2008, he was member of Disney’s musical group, T-Squad. He toured in Camp Rock Freestyle Jam, and with “Hannah Montana”/Miley Cyrus in her Best of Both Worlds Tour featuring the Jonas Brothers. He recorded the opening theme from Disney Channel Games 2008 “Let’s Go!,” and in 2010 “Under the Sea (from The Little Mermaid)” for the Disney recompilation disc DisneyMania 7.

Currently, he is touring with his sister Fivel Stewart, and they are set to release their album “Change” in the spring of 2011. His imagination and creative talents also brought him to illustrate a new and exciting comic book entitled “Millennium Man,” which will be unveiled this year. In 2008, he was featured in various campaigns, and was “the most in demand male model under 18 in the country.

Booboo is best recognized for his portrayal of Seth Clearwater in the The Twilight Saga: Eclipse, third installment of The Twilight Saga film series. Booboo’s character becomes much more prominent in the 2011 and 2012 films The Twilight Saga: Breaking Dawn.

In his free time Booboo likes to give back. In 2010, he was named a Celebrity Ambassador by the Muscular Dystrophy Association. He participated in MDA’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” PSA campaign, featured in print and TV ads. He also supports the Los Angeles Mission, various children’s charities and has traveled to Perth, Australia for the Channel 7 Telethon, raising money for children at Princess Margaret Hospital.

Child Help

The story of Childhelp is about two young Hollywood actresses’ “chance” encounters—one with 11 homeless orphans abroad, and one with Nancy Reagan—and how they led to a lifelong commitment to helping children in need.

The Childhelp Story

Yvonne (left) and Sara – 1959

The Beginning of a Lifetime Commitment to Children…

Eleven half-American, half-Japanese orphans wandering homeless in Tokyo following a typhoon sparked a mission that has spanned internationally for nearly 50 years and impacted the lives of millions of children.

Hollywood actresses Sara Buckner (O’Meara) and Yvonne Lime (Fedderson) first met on the set of The Adventures of Ozzie & Harriet, when they played the girlfriends of Ricky and David Nelson. Their mission for children began in 1959 when they were sent on a government-sponsored goodwill tour to visit troops in Japan.  Read More………

Child Abuse in America

Children are suffering from a hidden epidemic of child abuse and neglect. Every year 3.3 million reports of child abuse are made in the United States involving 6 million children; that’s because reports can include multiple children. The United States has the worst record in the industrialized nation – losing five children every day due to abuse-related deaths.

Statistics Graph Number of Child Deaths Per Day Due To Child Abuse and Neglect

For More National Child Abuse Statistics [CLICK HERE]

What is Child Abuse

Although there are many formal and acceptable definitions of child abuse, the following is offered as a guide for information on child abuse and neglect.

Child abuse consists of any act of commission or omission that endangers or impairs a child’s physical or emotional health and development. Child abuse includes any damage done to a child which cannot be reasonably explained and which is often represented by an injury or series of injuries appearing to be non-accidental in nature.

Forms of Child Abuse

Physical abuse

Any non-accidental injury to a child. This includes hitting, kicking, slapping, shaking, burning, pinching, hair pulling, biting, choking, throwing, shoving, whipping, and paddling.

Sexual abuse

Any sexual act between an adult and child. This includes fondling, penetration, intercourse, exploitation, pornography, exhibitionism, child prostitution, group sex, oral sex, or forced observation of sexual acts.


Failure to provide for a child’s physical needs. This includes lack of supervision, inappropriate housing or shelter, inadequate provision of food and water, inappropriate clothing for season or weather, abandonment, denial of medical care and inadequate hygiene.

Emotional abuse

Any attitude or behavior which interferes with a child’s mental health or social development. This includes yelling, screaming, name-calling, shaming, negative comparisons to others, telling them they are “bad, no good, worthless” or “a mistake.” It also includes the failure to provide the affection and support necessary for the development of a child’s emotional, social, physical and intellectual well-being. This includes ignoring, lack of appropriate physical affection (hugs), not saying “I love you,” withdrawal of attention, lack of praise and lack of positive reinforcement.

Additional information regarding signs and symptoms of abuse (PDF).

What do I do if I think someone is abusing a child?

If a child discloses that he or she has been abused by someone, it is important that you LISTEN to them most of all.

  • Ask ONLY four questions
  • What happened?
  • Who did this to you?
  • Where were you when this happened?
  • When did this happen?
    Asking any additional questions may contaminate a case!


  • Investigate
  • Ask leading questions (a question that suggests the answer or contains the information the questioner is looking for – That man touched you, didn’t he?)
  • Make promises
  • Notify the parents or the caretaker


  • Provide a safe environment (be comforting, welcoming, and a good listener)
  • Tell the child it was not his/her fault
  • Listen carefully
  • Document the child’s exact quotes
  • Be supportive, not judgmental
  • Know your limits
  • Tell the truth

If you suspect abuse, but a child has not disclosed to you, call 1-800-4-A-CHILD. Or counselors can talk through the situation with you and help decide what the best course of action is.


Thanks to GBK Events – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

Kristi Lauren “I Hate My Teenage Daughter” Loves to Give Back

Kristi Lauren gives back with Support for Aids Research, Clean Water Initiatives and Especially a Cervical Cancer Cure

The site was the rooftop pool at the famous L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

Kristi Lauren was posing for pictures for various non profits and and other businesses that are working hard to get their products to market with a little hand from celebrity endorsements.

Kristi was having a great time and although she did not have a single or particular cause she was supporting, she wanted to share with others her concerns and her belief that it is important to give back.

Kristi and her mom were so fun and and Kristi is a really down to earth kind of person. It was fun interviewing her and we wish her the best of luck with the new show. – JW


Kristi LaurenKristi Lauren

From Wikipedia

Kristi Lauren (born January 19, 1994) is an American actress. She currently co-stars as Sophie Watson on the Fox sitcom I Hate My Teenage Daughter.

Lauren began acting professionally in 2004 in the short film Save Virgil. In 2006, she had small role in the film Living the Dream starring Sean Young. In 2009, she co-starred in Melora Hardin‘s directorial debut film You. She also guest starred in the series Wizards of Waverly Place and Working Class in 2009 and 2011, respectively.[1]

Twitter: @KristiiLauren

Facebook: www.Facebook.com

Water, Aids and Cervical Cancer

The following organizations are not necesarily endorsed by Kristi Lauren and are placed here just for reference. They were chosen because they were rated the tops in their niches by Charity Navigator.


The water and sanitation problem in the developing world is far too big for charity alone. We are driving the water sector for new solutions, new financing models, greater transparency, and real partnerships to create lasting change. Our vision: the day when everyone in the world can take a safe drink of water.

Co-founded by Matt Damon and Gary White, Water.org is a nonprofit organization that has transformed hundreds of communities in Africa, South Asia, and Central America by providing access to safe water and sanitation.

Water.org traces its roots back to the founding of WaterPartners in 1990. In July 2009, WaterPartners merged with H2O Africa, resulting in the launch of Water.org. Water.org works with local partners to deliver innovative solutions for long-term success. Its microfinance-based WaterCredit Initiative is pioneering sustainable giving in the sector.

The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center

The Aaron Diamond AIDS Research Center (ADARC) was established in 1991 to focus on the basic science of AIDS and HIV in a research environment that fosters the highest scientific creativity. ADARC is the world’s largest independent research center devoted solely to HIV/AIDS Research.

We are fully committed to our mission to find solutions that will ultimately end the AIDS pandemic. We have adopted a multidisciplinary approach – virology, immunology, molecular biology, and clinical medicine – to pursue a number of projects in AIDS research.

In addition to basic research, ADARC also runs a Clinical Program that translates research into Clinical Trials that can affect millions of people living with HIV.

Prevent Cancer Foundation

The mission of the Prevent Cancer Foundation is the to save lives through cancer prevention and early detection.

The Foundation focuses its energies and resources on those cancers – including breast, cervical, colorectal, lung, oral, prostate, skin, and testicular – that can be prevented through lifestyle changes or detection and treatment in their early stages.

Since our inception 25 years ago, we have provided more than $125 million in support of cancer prevention and early detection research, education, advocacy, and community outreach programs nationwide and have played a pivotal role in developing a body of knowledge that is the basis for important prevention and early detection strategies.

We have funded over 400 scientists at over 150 leading medical institutions across the country. Our public education programs have applied this scientific knowledge to teach the public on ways they can reduce their cancer risks.


Thanks to GBK Productions – Gavin and his great staff. As always you host the best.

Janina Gavankar From True Blood Helps LGBT Youth

Janina Gavankar’s Message To LGBT Teens is; It Gets Better.

While covering the GBK Events Gifting Suite for the 2012 Golden Globes, I got the pleasure of meeting Janina Gavankar for the first time.

I had seen her playing Luna on True Blood and I did see a couple of episodes of the L word and think I remembered her there, but up close she is stunningly beautiful, and very nice, but there was more….

I got a chance to later meet Janina again at the Gravity Summit at UCLA where she was honored with an award for use of social media… and that’s where I figured it all out. Janina is funny, a bit quirky and a true geek and that makes her cool.

I look forward to meeting her again. – JW


Janina GavankaJanina Gavankar

| Actor
| Musician
| Geek

From Wikipedia

Janina Zione Gavankar (born November 29, 1980) is an Indian-American actress and musician of mixed Indian and Dutch descent. Gavankar is also trained as a pianist, vocalist, and orchestral percussionist.[1] She majored in Theatre Performance at the University of Illinois at Chicago.[2][3] Gavankar’s is known for her more notable roles as Papi, a promiscuous lesbian in The L Word, Leigh Turner, a cop with a big secret on “The Gates“, and Ms. Dewey, the personification of a Microsoft branded search engine who comments about the user’s searches. Gavankar has appeared in theatre, commercials, short films, independent films, as well as Barbershop and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business.

Gavankar’s more notable roles include Papi in The L Word, and Ms. Dewey, a Microsoft marketing character. She has also appeared in theatre, commercials, short films, independent films, as well as Barbershop and its sequel, Barbershop 2: Back in Business.

Gavankar has appeared on Epileptic Gaming‘s Up All Night, where she helped review Rock Band, Burnout Paradise, and Army of Two.[6]

In 2008, Gavankar appeared in TV series Stargate Atlantis, Grey’s Anatomy and NCIS. In 2009, she appeared in The Cleaner, Dollhouse and Three Rivers. Gavankar played the voice of “Nikki” in Quantum Quest: A Cassini Space Odyssey. She landed a lead role in the now-canceled ABC Television supernatural drama The Gates.[7]

As of 2011 Gavankar has become a series regular in HBO’s True Blood. She plays a public school teacher and shapeshifter named Luna Garza, who gets romantically involved with one of the main characters of the series.[8]

She recently revealed she finished filming on a movie called Satellite of Love.[9]

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It Gets Better Project

The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

Growing up isn’t easy. Many young people face daily tormenting and bullying, leading them to feel like they have nowhere to turn. This is especially true for LGBT kids and teens, who often hide their sexuality for fear of bullying. Without other openly gay adults and mentors in their lives, they can’t imagine what their future may hold. In many instances, gay and lesbian adolescents are taunted — even tortured — simply for being themselves.

Justin Aaberg. Billy Lucas. Cody Barker. Asher Brown. Seth Walsh. Raymond Chase. Tyler Clementi. They were tragic examples of youth who could not believe that it does actually get better.

While many of these teens couldn’t see a positive future for themselves, we can. The It Gets Better Project was created to show young LGBT people the levels of happiness, potential, and positivity their lives will reach – if they can just get through their teen years. The It Gets Better Project wants to remind teenagers in the LGBT community that they are not alone — and it WILL get better.

In September 2010, syndicated columnist and author Dan Savage created a YouTube video with his partner Terry Miller to inspire hope for young people facing harassment. In response to a number of students taking their own lives after being bullied in school, they wanted to create a personal way for supporters everywhere to tell LGBT youth that, yes, it does indeed get better.

The It Gets Better Project™ has become a worldwide movement, inspiring more than 40,000 user-created videos viewed more than 40 million times. To date, the project has received submissions from celebrities, organizations, activists, politicians and media personalities, including President Barack Obama, Secretary of State Hillary Clinton, Rep. Nancy Pelosi, Adam Lambert, Anne Hathaway, Colin Farrell, Matthew Morrison of “Glee”, Joe Jonas, Joel Madden, Ke$ha, Sarah Silverman, Tim Gunn, Ellen DeGeneres, Suze Orman, the staffs of The Gap, Google, Facebook, Pixar, the Broadway community, and many more. For us, every video changes a life. It doesn’t matter who makes it.  Read More………

It Gets Better Project


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Reno Wilson of Mike and Molly Supports ThinkCure Cancer Community

Reno WilsonReno Wilson plays Mike’s partner Officer Carl McMillan on CBS’s Mike and Molly

Reno, now living in Los Angeles via the Brooklyn, has played many parts and is now gaining recognition on CBS’s hit show Mike and Molly, but Reno also supports many causes including ThinkCure who’s mission is to fight cancer.

My wife and I love the show Mike and Molly and so I was very pleased to see and meet Reno at the GBK Gifting Suites for the Golden Globes.

Reno was having fun cracking up all the vendors with his easy and friendly sense of humor.

Reno is the kind of guy who looks you in the eye and is interested in your name and who you are. It made this interview very friendly and fun.

I need to take you up on that spin class…. Thanks Reno – JW


Reno WilsonReno Wilson

Actor / Voice Artist / Producer

From Wikipedia

Reno Wilson (born Roy Wilson; January 20, 1970) is an American actor and voice artist who has appeared in a number of television programs and films. His first television role was on the NBC sitcom The Cosby Show, where (on a recurring basis) he portrayed Theo Huxtable’s college friend Howard during Seasons 5 and 6 of the series. His most recent film roles were that of Orlando in the 2009 film Crank: High Voltage, reprising his role from Crank, and as the voices of Frenzy, Mudflap and Brains in the Transformers film series. He is also the voice of Sazh Katzroy in Final Fantasy XIII. He is currently in the TV show Mike and Molly on CBS, has also acted in Prison Break and the current voice of the character Killer Bee in the anime Naruto Shippuden.

That is the Wikipedia bio, but you really need to check out Reno’s IMDB page as he has played in so many more great movies and shows… To name a few..

Scrubs, Heist, Blind Justice, Sliders, NYPD Blue, The Sentinel, Sgt. Bilko, Coach, The Fresh Prince and many more….


ThinkCure! is an innovative, community-based non-profit that raises funds to accelerate collaborative research to cure cancers.

Our vision is to bring Southern Californians together to work towards a common cause to cure children and adults with cancer.

We aim to find cures for cancers by funding innovative research projects at City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles. An objective, peer-based panel of expert doctors reviews two-year grant applications once a year and funds are awarded to the most promising collaborative and cutting edge cancer research projects that can involve other top cancer research hospitals.

At ThinkCure!, we rely on community support, calling on everyone in our community to get involved and make a difference in the fight against cancer. Your support in any amount is essential to our programs, please donate to help us work to find cures for cancers.

Read more about our Mission and History. Or learn about our partner hospitals City of Hope and Childrens Hospital Los Angeles.

Looking for our most recent 990?  Get the PDF here.

ThinkCure Spin Event Yas-A-Thon at YAS Studios on 06/03/12.

If you live in Los Angeles you can visit any one of the several YAS (Yoga and Spinning) Studios for this event: More Info Here……

ThinkCure! Website


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Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with The Stars on Helping Kids Learn the Arts

Karina Smirnoff of Dancing with The Stars Gives Back Helping Kids Get Affordable Arts Education

Things were pretty crazy as a bunch of celebrities came, all at the same time, into the tent around the pool on the roof of the L’Ermitage Hotel in Beverly Hills. 

Karina was busy visiting vendors and non-profit booths to help them promote their projects and products, when she stopped for a minute to talk to me about her passion AIM.

Karina was so fun and so cool and she was happy to talk about the cause she has been supporting.

So Karina thank you very much for taking the time and being so gracious. – JW


Karina SmirnoffKarina Smirnoff

Season 13 Mirror Ball Champion Karina Smirnoff has made her mark for the past six years as one of the featured dancers on ABC’s hit reality series Dancing with the Stars. Her success on Dancing with the Stars, the #1 rated show in its category averaging 36+ million viewers per week, has made Karina a household name and a sought after beauty, health, fitness, and fashion icon. In 2011 she was the most Googled professional dancer on the show.

What most people don’t know about the Ukrainian beauty is that her skills are not merely physical. She studied diligently at Fordham University in New York and earned two degrees – a B.A. in Economics and in Information Systems Programming. Karina is also a talented fashion designer and choreographer. She choreographs all of her own partnered routines on Dancing with the Stars and has been designing all of the costumes for both her and her current partner for the season since day one.

Karina started competing in ballroom dancing competitions at the age of 11. She is a five-time U.S. National Champion, World Trophy Champion, and Asian Open Champion. She has won the title at the UK Open, is a three-time champion at the US Open, two-time champion at the Asian Open, five-time champion at the Dutch Open, and five-time US National Professional Champion. She has taken second at the British Open Blackpool Dance Festival and she is the first woman to also ever make the “British Professional Final” with three different partners. Karina has also been ranked #2 in the world for Latin Dance.

She is considered “one of the most stylish and fit stars in Hollywood” and has been featured in numerous publications: FHM, Fitness Magazine, LA Confidential, Muscle & Fitness, TV Guide, and Woman’s World. She is a regular on the pages of People Magazine, Life & Style, US Weekly, OK! Magazine, and In Touch.

In 2011, Karina released two new designs from her Bearpaw Boots KS Collection – the Alyeska and the Capulet. She also joined forces with Girlactik Beauty to create Karina’s Hurry Up & Get Ready Look – a quick solution to look party perfect in minutes. She released her first successful dance fitness DVD called Shape Up with Karina and will be releasing a series of workout DVD’s called DanceFITNESS. She also opened a successful dance studio in Woodland Hills, CA called Karina Smirnoff Dance. The studio incorporates competitive, social dance classes, and fitness dance classes, as well as a scholarship program for at-risk youth directly related to her charity Dance Intervention – a division of Alternative Intervention Models.

Karina has a passion for environmental causes and her dance studio is the first eco-friendly LEED certified studio of its kind. In addition, Karina has led a celebrity consortium to activate the Wildlife Champions initiative with Procter & Gamble. She is also a PETA spokeswoman for the “I’d rather dance naked than wear fur” billboard and print campaign.

Karina recently launched her successful DanceFIT – KS program. DanceFIT – KS is a customized, unique fitness experience for hotel, resort, and cruise ship guests with a celebrity dance instructor that they will not get elsewhere. It is also gaining momentum at large, medium and small corporations as a way to keep workers motivated in the workplace, build company morale, and help workers achieve their health and wellness goals. Karina is touring internationally with the program.

Her past accomplishments include a starring role in Broadway’s hit record breaking sold out show Burn the Floor and a performance at the 61st annual Primetime Emmy Awards. Karina has hosted segments for E! News, TV Guide, EXTRA, and has appeared in specials on Bravo, ABC, and Lifetime. She has appeared on Good Morning America, The View, Jimmy Kimmel Live, and Hannah Montana, among others. She has also appeared in the film Shall We Dance.

Karina is a versatile and dynamic talent and a force to be reckoned with. She continues to captivate fans and audiences worldwide with her charismatic personality, unparalleled performance capabilities, beauty, and grace.

Alternative Intervention Models

Alternative Intervention Model’s goal it to enrich lives through the arts.

Our mission is to transform and develop hearts and minds of at-risk youth using the arts to inspire critical self-reflection and self-improvement.


Alternative Intervention Models envisions an educational system transformed at its core to recognize the value of “heART Education”: educating the hearts of youth and instilling emotional literacy through training in the arts. Education is a journey of self exploration as well as an exploration of our relationship to the world around us.

Through the process of heART education we help youth examine their purpose and relevance in life. We believe that the most powerful and most effective way to positively effect the minds of youth is to first reach them via the heart with art being the most effective tool. In a time of tremendous pain and struggle globally, it is through the study of arts and the artist that we learn our humanity and develop the skills necessary to heal our diverse communities emotionally while uniting them around shared experiences and values.

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Our Core Values

Education – a lifelong process of developing individuals technically, emotionally, physically, spiritually and otherwise to reach their full

Love – the most powerful force in life, the catalyst of all of our work
and art.

Creativity – a character trait with which we are all born; we believe we are all called to express our unique creativity.

Respect – being aware of and valuing the diversity of other individuals, other cultures, other ways of life.

Empathy – the arts are a tool that help us understand and relate to each other; heART education teaches greater empathy.

Community – it takes a village to raise a child; we live in a global village and are responsible for modeling the best examples for the youth.

Accountability – through difficult and controversial conversations using the arts, we help each other become accountable for ourselves and each other.

SKIM performs

1) Artist Intervention – in our Artist intervention programs we hold assemblies at elementary schools, high school, and colleges designed for the specific audiences at these various locations based on the issues that they need to address in their communities. We also operate Mic Sessions workshops at juvenile facilities, community centers, prisons, group homes, and other locations. Artist educators, a diverse selection of music artists perform at assemblies and at Mic Sessions workshops, and focus on unifying members of these various communities using music to breakdown barriers and open lines of communication and freedom of self-expression.

2) Dance Intervention – Karina Smirnoff heads up our Dance Intervention program, working with youth who find dance and movement as their chosen form of artistic self-expression. This program teaches consistency, dedication, attention to detail, and healthy physical and emotional lifestyle.

3) Athletic Intervention – AIM’s Athletic Intervention programs currently include basketball, yoga, and fitness training. Ahmad Clayton directs our Athletic Intervention program, bringing a unique form of basketball training to at-risk youth that focuses on providing a high quality alternative option to high cost athletic after school programs.

AIM’s Athletic Intervention programs help youth grow technically, emotionally, and physically while instilling values such as teamwork, strength, healthy-diet, non-violence, positive work ethic, and good sportsmanship.

4) Acting Intervention – AIM’s Acting Intervention program features guest lectures and workshops from highly experienced film industry professionals that train actors/actresses as artists in every facet of the film entertainment business. Focused mostly on aspiring teenage and young adult actors/actresses, the Acting Intervention program provides mentors, skill training, and career guidance. One of the major goals is to engage these youth and help them learn to tell their narrative and their communities narrative through their work.

5) Media Intervention – AIM’s Media Intervention program provides education in traditional media and new media technology, teaching youth about the resources that are accessible to them within and outside of their communities. We show youth how to effectively communicate on a local and global level using new media and a host of collaborative methods made available via the internet and related technologies.

AIM Website


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Thomas Jane – Star of “Hung” Supports Children of the Night

Thomas Jane Who Plays a Male Escort on the HBO Hit Show “Hung”

Talks to us about his support of Children of the Night. A program that helps teenage prostitutes get off the street.

Thomas Jane talks about support of Children of the Night.

Thomas was at the GBK Gifting Suites for the Golden Globes and took a minute to talk to us about Children of the Night, which he supports and helps out.

Thomas was there with his daughter who was having a great time putting lotion on her dad’s face during the whole interview. – JW


Thomas JaneThomas Jane


Thomas Jane (born Thomas Elliott III;[1] February 22, 1969) is an American actor known for his roles in the 1999 film Deep Blue Sea, the 2001 TV film 61*, the 2004 film The Punisher and the 2007 Stephen King adaptation The Mist. He also starred in the HBO comedy-drama series Hung.

Early life

Jane was born in Baltimore, Maryland, the son of Cynthia, an antiques dealer, and Michael Elliott, a biogenetic engineer.[1][2] In 1987, he graduated from Thomas Sprigg Wootton High School in Montgomery County, Maryland.

At age 18, Jane relocated to Hollywood to pursue an acting career. He was initially homeless and lived out of his car.[3] Regarding his time as a busker, Jane has noted “I had two songs in my repertoire that I hammered to death — ‘Hey Joe‘ and ‘Knockin’ on Heaven’s Door‘….People used to pelt me with change just to shut me up.”[4]


Jane began his acting career with the Telugu film Padamati Sandhya Ragam (1986), directed by Jandhyala, a renowned filmmaker in Telugu Cinema. His early roles included Zeph in Buffy the Vampire Slayer (1992). He had supporting roles in several high profile films, including The Crow: City of Angels (1996), Boogie Nights (1997), The Thin Red Line (1998), Thursday (1998) and Magnolia (1999). After receiving critical acclaim as baseball player Mickey Mantle in 61*, Jane began receiving leading roles such as that of Andre Stander in the 2003 South African film, Stander for which he gained further critical acclaim.

pic thomas jane hungJane, director Jonathan Hensleigh and Avi Arad have said in many interviews that Jane was the first and only actor to be asked to play the title role in the 2004 movie The Punisher. Jane initially turned down the role twice, as he did not have much interest in the superhero genre. Jane said that when they asked him the second time to play the Punisher it was Tim Bradstreet‘s artwork of the Punisher that piqued his interest. After finding out that the character was not a traditional superhero, but more of an anti-hero and a vigilante crime fighter, he accepted.[5][6] He read as many Punisher comics as he could find and quickly became a fan. Jane trained for 6 or 7 months with Navy SEALs and gained more than twenty pounds of muscle for the part.[7]

In addition to starring in the movie he contributed his voice to The Punisher and the Gun video games. He also co-owns RAW, an entertainment company he runs along with Steve Niles and Tim Bradstreet. RAW Studios, the company’s comic book division, has released Bad Planet (written by Jane) through Image Comics. Jane would become a spokesperson for Steve Niles and in became the cover model for comic book character Cal McDonald in 2006, as depicted by their partner Bradstreet.

In addition to his screen work, Jane has appeared several times on stage, and received strong critical reviews as Tom in Tennessee WilliamsThe Glass Menagerie, and as Chris in Arthur Miller‘s All My Sons. He has also portrayed a fictionalized version himself in the Fox television show Arrested Development in which the show’s characters have not heard of him, and do not recognize him as the star actor that he is. In 2005, Marvel released The Punisher video game. The video game’s storyline is compiled with different situations and enemies from the Punisher comics, and a character based upon Jigsaw also appeared in the 2005 Punisher video game but with an origin that ties directly into the 2004 Punisher film.

Children of the Night

Mission Statement

Children of the Night is a privately funded non-profit organization established in 1979 and dedicated to rescuing America’s children from the ravages of prostitution.

Children of the Night

Its program has proven so effective that Children of the Night is in demand to assist other agencies across the country and around the world to develop similar programs.

Program Description

The Children of the Night home is open to child prostitutes throughout the United States, and the Children of the Night hotline is ready and able to rescue these children 24 hours a day. We provide taxi/airline transportation nationwide for America’s child prostitutes who wish to escape prostitution and live in our home.

Our hotline staff works closely with law enforcement to rescue children from vile, dominating pimps.

Our home features an on-site school and college placement program. After youngsters complete our rigorous and comprehensive program of academic and life-skills education, caseworkers are available to provide ongoing case management to hundreds of graduates.

In 2011, Dr. Lois Lee, Founder & President of Children of the Night, created “Children of the Night With Out Walls” (WOW) introducing programs from the Children of the Night shelter/home to underfunded and undeveloped shelters and their clients throughout America. WOW is a cost effective means of providing resources to America’s teens who are forced to live on the streets.

WOW will leave a permanent and indelible mark on the standard of care for adolescents who are forced to live outside of their natural homes.

Children of the Night trained, skilled, expert staff provides shelters across the nation sophisticated case management, educational programs, legal services, professional volunteers, fundraising expertise and in-kind donations.

WOW offers youth living on the streets of our cities access to birth certificates, school records, social security cards, government issued photo identification, transportation to critical social services, case management, résumé preparation, job placement, parenting support, educational services including academic assessments, preparation, tutoring and support services to test for the GED (General Education Degree). Children of the Night offers innovative math and reading programs, a patented keyboarding program (Keyboarders Gone Ballistic), life skills curriculum, a parenting class designed specifically for teen moms and dads, access to college and funding for college books and school supplies.

Children and young people NO LONGER have to be under 18 years of age
to receive our comprehensive social services.

We are Children of the Night WOW!

Children of the Night continues to lead the revolution of real life changing
services for teens forced to live outside of their homes.

To access “WOW” or any of our services
Contact our 24 hour nationwide toll free hotline at 1-800-551-1300.


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Rico Rodriquez – Manny From Modern Family Supports Head Start

Rico Rodriquez Who Plays Manny on the Hit Show “Modern Family” Supports Head Start Program

Rico and his sister Raini have started the Raini and Rico Foundation to help support the Head Start Program. Rico was a Head Start Kid and really wants to make sure that program does not loose funding.

Rico rodriquez talks to us about the fun he has on his hit show and how he want to support the Head Start Program.

Rico who plays Manny on “Modern Family” was so fun to talk to. He is a neat kid who loves what he does and really cares about helping others.

Rico and his sister Raini, also an actress in “Paul Blart Mall Cop” and “Austin and Ally” TV Series, have supported many causes and are constantly helping when and where they can.

Thanks for the cool handshake Rico.- JW


Rico RodriquezRico rodriquez

Rico Rodriguez was born in College Station, Texas, and from birth through his young boyhood was extremely shy. Little did he know how drastically his life would change.

In 2005, at the age of six, Rico made the move from Texas to Los Angeles, California with his mom and sister to support his sister’s dream of becoming an actress. After one year of watching his sister having fun and success, Rico enrolled in acting classes and soon started making a name for himself.

Rico booked his first role in the video How the Grinch Stole Christmas. Next came the role of Chanchito in the film Epic Movie, a super fun role as the kid janitor in the soon to be released Opposite Day, and another great part — including flying cake — in the upcoming The No-Sit List. His television credits include co-starring as Young Guillermo in Jimmy Kimmel Live, Cory in the House, ER, ‘Til Death, iCarly, Nip/Tuck, Surviving Suburbia and NCIS. He has also has been seen in commercials for Roundtable Pizza, Time Warner Cable, Dodge, Walmart, BlueCross, Chrysler and AT&T.

Rico is grateful to be living his dream and has a very bright future.

Head Start

The Head Start Program is a program of the United States Department of Health and Human Services that provides comprehensive education, health, nutrition, and parent involvement services to low-income children and their families.

Launched in 1965[1] by its creator and first director Jule Sugarman, Head Start was originally conceived as a catch-up summer school program that would teach low-income children in a few weeks what they needed to know to start kindergarten. Experience showed that six weeks of preschool couldn’t make up for five years of poverty. The Head Start Act of 1981[2] expanded the program.[3] The program was further revised when it was reauthorized in December, 2007. Head Start is one of the longest-running programs to address systemic poverty in the United States. As of late 2005, more than 22 million pre-school aged children had participated.


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Christopher McDonald – Helping Victims of Child Abuse

Christopher McDonald of Harry’s Law and Boardwalk Empire talks about Helping Kids and Cancer Research

Christopher McDonald talks with us about his current projects and about the causes he supports helping children

Veteran Actor Christopher McDonald takes a minute out of working with vendors at the GBK Gifting Suites to talk to us about his new shows and especially the two great causes he supports.

We first met Christopher at the Night of 100 Stars at the Beverly Hills Hotel for Oscars 2011. Christopher was fun, warm, witty and just a real nice guy. Thank you again Chris for your time and for all you do to help.- JW


Christopher McDonaldChristopher McDonald

Christopher McDonald, has acted in 85 films and numerous television and theater productions. He was born in New York City, one of seven children.
He actually grew up in Romulus, a small town in upstate New York, where his father was the high school principal and musical director.
He first attended undergraduate school at Hobart and William Smith Colleges in Geneva, New York, and later studied at the Royal Academy of Dramatic Art, the London Academy of Music and Dramatic Art, and the Stella Adler Acting Conservatory in New York.
Chris has appeared in such films as Grease 2 (1982), Dutch (1991), Thelma & Louise (1991) and Quiz Show (1994). He is often recognized as golf pro Shooter McGavin from Happy Gilmore (1996). “Harry’s Law” (2011)

I wanted to list the over 159 Titles Chris has on his IMDB page, you should check it out for yourself. Christopher’s resume and career in entertainment is simply incredible.

Christopher did not mention the particular causes by name so I choose a couple of great organizations to share with you – JW

Cheryl Ladd & John O’Hurley Golf Classic

For more information on the event, please visit www.childhelp.org/iwgolf.

Childhelp has brought the light of hope and healing into the lives of countless children for over 50 years. CEO and Co-Founder Sara O’Meara and President and Co-Founder Yvonne Fedderson started Childhelp in 1959, establishing it as a leading national non-profit organization dedicated to helping victims of child abuse and neglect and at-risk children. Childhelp’s approach focuses on advocacy, prevention, treatment and community outreach.

The Childhelp National Child Abuse Hotline, 1-800-4-A-CHILD®, operates 24 hours a day, seven days a week, and receives calls from throughout the United States, Canada, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Puerto Rico and Guam. Childhelp’s programs and services also include residential treatment services; children’s advocacy centers; therapeutic foster care; group homes and child abuse prevention, education and training. Childhelp also created the Childhelp National Day of Hope®, held each April during National Child Abuse Prevention Month that mobilizes people across America to join the fight against child abuse.

American Association for cancer research

The mission of the AACR is to prevent and cure cancer through research, education, communication, and collaboration. Through its programs and services, the AACR fosters research in cancer and related biomedical science; accelerates the dissemination of new research findings among scientists and others dedicated to the conquest of cancer; promotes science education and training; and advances the understanding of cancer etiology, prevention, diagnosis, and treatment throughout the world.


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